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PRODIGAL SUMMER av Barbara Kingsolver
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PRODIGAL SUMMER (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2000)

av Barbara Kingsolver (Författare)

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'Prodigal Summer' describes a single burgeoning season as experienced by the inhabitants of an Appalachian farming community. Deanna Wolfe is a Forest Service ranger who watches over the complex ecosystem of Zebulon mountain; Eddie Bondo is a young hunter to whom a predator is merely prey. Garnett Walker is a widower still mourning his long-dead wife and the blight-struck American Chestnut. Garnett conducts a determined philosophic battle with his neighbor and nemesis Nannie Riley. Lusa Landowski is an outsider who becomes stranded in Zebulon county after her young husband's tragic death. A complex web of human needs and desires surrounded by the greater struggle between species continuation and species extinction. Prose is luxurious and sensual and the text is woven through with both grief and humor.… (mer)
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Titel:PRODIGAL SUMMER
Författare:Barbara Kingsolver (Författare)
Info:Faber & Faber (2000), Edition: First Perennial Edition, 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Though it felt a little over-the-top at times when she pushed her own environmentalist agenda, Kingsolver's talent wowed me again. She weaves together three seemingly disparate stories and made my heart ache for people I have little in common with; an old man, a young widow, and an independent mountain woman.

Sweet, sexy, smart, beautifully written. I didn't want the story to end.

Highly recommended. ( )
  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book. So descriptive of the wonders of the natural world from moths to coyotes. Included is this novel also are endearing characters who blend into nature like forest ranger Deana or new arrival Lusa who as a recent widow must learn how to survive in a farming community.. I especially liked Garnett, an 80 year old, nearsighted long time resident feuding but caring for his fellow senior Nannie next door but mostly squabbling with her. When he takes his shotgun out to protect her from an intruder who turns out to be a scarecrow, I laughed out loud. ( )
  Smits | Oct 2, 2021 |
Reads like a master class in writing about ordinary, yet passionate folks in such a loveable, engaging, and realistic way that it is hard not be drawn in and identify with the struggles, passions, tears and fate of every character. Somehow Kingsolver creates suspense, with the reader pining for her carefully developed and layered characters to meet each other and become friends, tap each other’s founts of knowledge and capabilities, and storm off into the future. This desire is left unfulfilled in the end, leaving space for a part 2 (dunno whether Kingsolver actually wrote a sequel).

So why not 5 stars – Errr… What it lacks is greed, violence, race, extremists, hunger. It is quite an idyllic rural setting, despite all the misery and misfortune befalling its characters. It feels like a bubble, disconnected from the wider world. The valley, its farmer folk, its forest and all the animals in it, become a place to wallow in, away from the madding crowd. Not that the novel lacks pretence or engagement with some of the big Questions befuddling humankind: there is ecology, biological versus industrial farming, the future of family farming and the role of the next generation in that, Hunters and the Hunted (Predators and cannon fodder) and the fate befalling each, there is even a bit of climate change. And finally there is the Coyote, in whose skin we walk in the closing episode of the book.

As with all books by Kingsolver I have read so far, the individual characters, besides being layered, humane, passionate and frail, also represent a theme, ideal or normative value. Hence the lifeworld and drives, urges, passions of each character represent a bigger concern in the world that you as a reader can identify with or abhor. To create tension, Kingsolver juxtaposes an opposite value or ideal in the shape of a side-kick or partnering character next to her protagonists. Opposites attract, but they also cause friction, and that’s how Kingsolver keeps us going in a relatively mundane setting, where nothing much happens (though of course the summer she describes is ‘prodigal’, pregnant with new life and unexpected death).

Of the three main protagonists (and their shadows/sidekicks): Deanna’s theme is ecology and evolution, which translates into isolation from the human world, conservationism, anti-hunting (her sidekick Eddy Bondo represents human supremacy, pro-hunting, masculine pride of place, youth and competitive bravado, who ultimately becomes her link to jump back into the human world); Lusa’s theme is recovery, transformation, becoming an insider into an initially hostile community, learning a new trade (foster mother, farmer, using your hands instead of head). Her husband Cole who features briefly before his tragic demise is her opposite in many ways, but he is also representing values and attitudes she comes to appreciate and learn. Lusa’s opposites are many, Cole’s sisters who envy and despise the urbane Lusa; their husbands who are outsiders like Lusa, but fit better as tobacco farmers or factory workers in a rural setting; and there is the youngster, cousin Rick who is the puppy, representing new masculine strength who becomes Lusa’s apprentice; and there is of course Jewel and her kids, who draw Lusa in and at the same time get transformed by her. Finally there are the two ‘old chestnuts’ who have been added for comic effect and represent two radically different ways of farming: Garnett Walker, a retired widower, who worked his life as extension worker promoting high-input agriculture, yet pursues a private passion of reviving the American chestnut by inter-breeding it with a Japanese resistant strain; and there is his equally old female neighbour, Nannie Rawley, who graces every social setting with her down to earth humour and cheerfulness, pursues a biological apple orchard and has spent a hard life as solitary mother raising a child with Down syndrome who was doomed to die. Garnett is the least credible of all characters in this cast (Kingsolver paints him as an old fool, sticking to old world values of productivity and (racial) purity, while I suspect a more humane, realistic elaboration of a Tea Party type of personality would have given the novel more depth, and menace). ( )
  alexbolding | Oct 1, 2021 |
I loved the way that science as entwined within the stories of this book. I loved that the characters were strong women. I loved the descriptions of the forest and farming, which unlike some books didn’t seem to come in clumps, but were part of the story itself. I loved the grumpy old man and the mad old lady. I hated the frayed, unresolved feel of the end. ( )
  KittyCatrinCat | Aug 29, 2021 |
Verygood. A little slow at first. Really really liked the book. Nature intertwined with fiction. Leaned about moths, insects. ( )
  avdesertgirl | Aug 22, 2021 |
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Readers hoping for the emotional intensity and wide-angle vision of ''The Poisonwood Bible,'' Kingsolver's magnificent 1998 epic about a self-destructing missionary family in the newly independent Congo, will most likely be disappointed. But the legions of fans primed on earlier books like ''Animal Dreams'' and ''The Bean Trees'' will find themselves back on familiar, well-cleared ground of plucky heroines, liberal politics and vivid descriptions of the natural world.
 
In an improbably appealing book with the feeling of a nice stay inside a terrarium, Ms. Kingsolver means to illustrate the nature of biological destiny and provide enlightened discourse on various ecological matters.
 
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Come, all you who are not satisfied
as ruler in a lone, wallpapered room
full of mute birds, and flowers that falsely bloom,
and closets choked with dreams that long ago died!
Come, let us sweep the old streets--like a bride:
sweep out dead leaves with a relentless broom;
prepare for Spring, as though he were our greem
for whose light footstep eagerly we bide.
We'll sweep out shadows, where the rats long fed;
sweep out our shame--and in its place we'll make
a bower for love, a splendid marriage-bed
fragrant with flowers aquiver for the Spring.
And when he comes, our murdered dreams shall wake;
and when he comes, all the mute birds shall sing.
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'Prodigal Summer' describes a single burgeoning season as experienced by the inhabitants of an Appalachian farming community. Deanna Wolfe is a Forest Service ranger who watches over the complex ecosystem of Zebulon mountain; Eddie Bondo is a young hunter to whom a predator is merely prey. Garnett Walker is a widower still mourning his long-dead wife and the blight-struck American Chestnut. Garnett conducts a determined philosophic battle with his neighbor and nemesis Nannie Riley. Lusa Landowski is an outsider who becomes stranded in Zebulon county after her young husband's tragic death. A complex web of human needs and desires surrounded by the greater struggle between species continuation and species extinction. Prose is luxurious and sensual and the text is woven through with both grief and humor.

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