JUST FINISHED: Animal Dreams

Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Simply stated, I love Kingsolver’s writing. The wordsmithing is seamless and each part softly wades into the next.

I think it just comes down to how she is able to describe things. And not just physical things, I’m talking about emotions, feelings, thoughts, and more on the inner side of the human being.

This particular novel explores the damaged life of our anti-hero, Codi (Cosima) as she comes back to her childhood hometown to help her ailing father. She has stayed far away from her hometown, remembering it to contain foul memories of her past and people that she believe wanted to forget her and her them. In fact, as the novel will show you, she has been running from life for quite some time.

The novel’s main arcing theme is Codi’s search for finding herself and her happiness. Her inner search continues on through the many challenges that life throws and as her heart is pulled in several directions (not talking just a love story here).

I think another noteworthy fact is Kingsolver’s vibrant imagery of depicting the culture and life of Hispanic and Native American peoples in this region of the States. She goes through the hierarchy of the families, different ceremonies, and even has historical bits that are very intriguing. Granted, I don’t know how much of that is fiction and how much is true, but it makes the novel that much more vivid and beautiful.

If you are a fan of complex, poetic writing and find the journey of a person to their true happiness and full potential of love appealing, then you will enjoy this one!


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