Friday, December 16, 2005
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (November/05)
I have to admit I did not think this would be that good, but it was. An easy read I may add, but worth it. I have given a lot of thought to the title. It could mean several things in reference to the novel. I won't get into it because I don't want to totally destroy it for those that read this and have not read it all ready. Anyways, there are a lot of elements to this novel: family, friendship, adoption, and rights for foreigners. It was pretty complicated for such a little book. The author appeared to be trying to cover many problems that not only people think are gone today, but are actually predominate in many cultures. Anyone that has never read Kingsolver before, this is a good intro. It is basically about a young girl that wants to make more of herself than her mother has, so she sets out on a trek where she ends up being left with a baby. She continues to travel on until the tires blow on her car and she cannot afford to pay for them, so she deems this a good place to stop. In the town she meets many people that have their own problems that they have to face, and they all bound together to become a little family unlike what the main character has ever had before. It had just been her and her mother in her town. Now, she has found a place to belong.
In my "to read" pile I also have:
The Poisonwood Bible