This book was the perfect antidote to the cooling, slightly depressing weather of autumn and winter.
The story follows three main characters (Garnett ‘a sanctimonous old fart’, Deanna a female forrest ranger and Lusa, an urban intellectual who marries and becomes a farmer). All three characters are faced with farming/ecological concerns and as the story unfolds, it becomes clearer how their lives are woven together. It is a story of finding and loosing love. It is a book where big themes are discussed in a quiet, almost introspective way.
The characters were important to the plot but it seemed as though what was more important to Kingsolver was discussing the beautiful ways of nature and the balance of life between predator and prey. It was also about humans role amongst the wildness of nature. I feel as though I learned a lot about organic farming and ‘the circle of life’ after reading this. There was lots of talk about food and farming and hunting and growing vegetables and stewing fruit. Although this book discussed heavy subjects, such as death, I felt rejuvenated after finishing it. A good word for describing this book would be: wholesome.
More antidotes to winter:
‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ by Mary Ann Schaffer
‘The Help’ by Katheryn Stockett
‘The Princess Bride’ by William Goldman
‘Q&A’ by Vikas Swarup
Some cold winter reads:
‘The Shipping News’ by E. Annie Proulx
‘Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs’ by Linda Olsson
‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hogson Burnett
‘Norwegian Wood’ by Murakami
‘The Hut Builder’ by Laurence Fearnley
‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte