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Demon Copperhead

av Barbara Kingsolver

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The teenage son of an Appalachian single mother who dies when he is eleven uses his good looks, wit, and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses.
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This loose retelling of David Copperfield explores life in Lee County,Virginia through the eyes of a young boy nicknamed Demon. From his addict mother to the cruel injustices of the foster care system and drug addiction, the book will break your heart. But it's also so beautifully written and the voice feels so authentic, that you don't even care. I loved her book, Poisonwood Bible, but haven't always liked her others. I dragged my feet on reading this one, but it was incredible and worth the painful subject matter. The audiobook is particularly well done.

“Aunts standing close in the kitchen like cigarettes in the pack, uncles splayed on furniture like butts in the ashtray."

“The wonder is that you could start life with nothing, end with nothing, and lose so much in between.”

“As a kid, you just accept different worlds with different rules.” ( )
  bookworm12 | Apr 18, 2024 |
This is dark story of part of America that time has passed by, has been taken advantaged of and arguably setup to ensure they can never crawl out from it. Child abuse - check; Alcoholism - check; Racism - check; Abusive foster parents - check; Uncaring Civil Service support - check; Drug abuse - check; Opioid abuse - hell this is the birth cradle of it - Big Check; The only bright spot in their lives is High School football and even that just leaves fallen heroes and futureless stars littered on the side of the road. Add in the star football coach who can't get himself out of bed in the offseason sleeping it off and in season sending hurt players to a doctor to kickoff their opioid lives so they can play past their pains. All that darkness and still this was an excellent book. Kingsolver is a gifted writer who can tell a story, describe a scene and builds the perfect characters for this story. Though the book is that dark, it is so rich and well written you can't help but really like this book. ( )
1 rösta rayski | Apr 16, 2024 |
A story of poverty and the department of Social Services in the South Appalachian mountains. Takes place in the late 1900's and makes you wonder who is actually doing their job. The story follows a red headed boy as he grows up through the trauma of being poor and being pushed around from one foster parent to another. It is the story of foster parents and those who take advantage of these children, it is a story of the opioid crisis. As usual, well written and fast paced. You root for the red head in the end. ( )
  chapterthree | Apr 15, 2024 |
I had a love-hate relationship with this book. Hated it, put it aside. Started again a week or two later. Loved it. At first. But in the end, I wondered what the point of reinterpreting the Dickens classic was, though of course it's fun observing all the correspondences with David Copperfield. Kingsolver's passion for social justice shines through, but in the end Demon's spectacular falls from grace become slightly wearying. Just as his final redemption seemed to be hurried through, and not entirely convincing, considering how deeply damaged he was by his falls. I was relieved to finish the bok. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
Demon Copperhead tackles a lot of heavy subjects - neglected children, abusive relationships, the foster care system, pressure on high school athletes to perform, drug addiction and the culpability of pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers, American cultural divides and I'm probably missing a couple things. And it's Barbara Kingsolver, so needless to say it's all handled with incredible insight and finesse. Demon Copperhead isn't my favorite Kingsolver book (and I haven't read them all yet) but it's definitely well-worth the read. ( )
  Sean191 | Apr 13, 2024 |
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Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love. Damon is the only child of a teenage alcoholic — “an expert at rehab” — in southwest Virginia.... In a feat of literary alchemy, Kingsolver uses the fire of that boy’s spirit to illuminate — and singe — the darkest recesses of our country....From the moment Demon starts talking to us, his story is already a boulder rolling down the Appalachian Mountains, faster and faster, stopping for nothing. ...Kingsolver has effectively reignited the moral indignation of the great Victorian novelist to dramatize the horrors of child poverty in the late 20th century.
 
In echoing Dickens, Barbara Kingsolver has written a social justice novel all her own, one only she could write, for our time and for the ages.Master storyteller Kingsolver has given the world a book that will have a ripple effect through the generations...Like all stories that stick with you, this one is both universal and decidedly personal. If you’ve lived near the Appalachians, you'll recognize these characters as well as their voice. They may even remind you of family members—those who’ve made it through, made it out, or made it back. If you haven’t, it will touch your heart anyway....That Kingsolver has shone a light on them as only she can, is a leap in understanding the hurting of a forgotten, often misunderstood and ridiculed people. Next time you see such a person, be kind, open your mind, and stop making fun of their accent.
 
“Demon Copperhead” reimagines Dickens’s story in a modern-day rural America contending with poverty and opioid addiction... Of course Barbara Kingsolver would retell Dickens. He has always been her ancestor. Like Dickens, she is unblushingly political and works on a sprawling scale, animating her pages with the presence of seemingly every creeping thing that has ever crept upon the earth.....Kingsolver’s prose is often splendid....And so, caught between polemic and fairy tale, Kingsolver is stuck with an anticlimax. .
 
With its bold reversals of fate and flamboyant cast, this is storytelling on a grand scale – Dickensian, you might say, and Kingsolver does indeed describe Demon Copperhead as a contemporary adaptation of David Copperfield....And what a story it is: acute, impassioned, heartbreakingly evocative, told by a narrator who’s a product of multiple failed systems, yes, but also of a deep rural landscape with its own sustaining traditions.
 

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