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Animal Dreams By Barbara Kingsolver Animal Dreams Animals dream about the things they do in the day time just like people do If you want sweet dreams you ve got to live a sweet life So says Loyd Peregrina a handsome Apache trainman and latter day p

  • Title: Animal Dreams
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver
  • ISBN: 9780060921149
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • Animal Dreams By Barbara Kingsolver Animals dream about the things they do in the day time just like people do If you want sweet dreams, you ve got to live a sweet life So says Loyd Peregrina, a handsome Apache trainman and latter day philosopher But when Codi Noline returns to her hometown, Loyd s advice is painfully out of her reach Dreamless and at the end of her rope, Codi comes back to Grace, Ariz Animals dream about the things they do in the day time just like people do If you want sweet dreams, you ve got to live a sweet life So says Loyd Peregrina, a handsome Apache trainman and latter day philosopher But when Codi Noline returns to her hometown, Loyd s advice is painfully out of her reach Dreamless and at the end of her rope, Codi comes back to Grace, Arizona to confront her past and face her ailing, distant father What the finds is a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe, some startling clues to her own identity, and a man whose view of the world could change the course of her life Blending flashbacks, dreams, and Native American legends, Animal Dreams is a suspenseful love story and a moving exploration of life s largest commitments With this work, the acclaimed author of The Bean Trees and Homeland and Other Stories sustains her familiar voice while giving readers her most remarkable book yet.
    Animal Dreams By Barbara Kingsolver

    Types of Dreams about Animals and What They Mean Animal Dreams A Novel Animal Dreams is a gracefully written, large spirited novel Anchored on the earth, it dares to soar into the ethereal New York NewsdayOne of the year s best works of fiction Detroit News and Free PressAnimal Dreams is a novel that feel closer to the truth about modern lives than anything I ve read in Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver Sep , Animals dream about the things they do in the day time just like people do If you want sweet dreams, you ve got to live a sweet life So says Loyd Peregrina, a handsome Apache trainman and latter day philosopher But when Codi Noline returns to Animal Dreams Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila . mi

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    1. Lindsay on said:

      In a letter to Codi, Hallie writes, What keeps you going isn t some fine destination but just the road you re on, and the fact that you know how to drive This is not a love story as the back of the book may have you believe Sure, people fall in and out of love within its pages, but this book is really about understanding oneself amid a lifetime of memories and secretse risks we take not only when we cheat ourselves, but when we find ourselves, too I read this for the first time two years ago to [...]

    2. Doc Opp on said:

      I was a bit disturbed that I could appreciate this book While I have liked a lot of Kingsolver s other work, this particular book is centered around the sort of seriously damaged character that usually turns me off to a book And had I read this in high school, or college, or maybe even grad school, I m fairly certain I would have disliked it tremendously.And yet having read it when I did, I was able to identify with some elements of the what the character was experiencing, even if I didn t appro [...]

    3. Cat on said:

      This is only the second book that I ve read by Barbara Kingsolver, and I m very interested in learning about her writing process She has this infectious, cultural curiosity that drives her to learn anything and everything about a place and its peopleeven if they only exist in her mind She creates an entire world of history, geography, lineage and folklore And every character is filled with so much wisdom and humor that I feel like I was given a sneak peak into Kingsolver s personality Even when [...]

    4. Sara on said:

      Let s say you are a completely unlikable medical school dropout who s had a somewhat unpleasant but not exactly trauma worthy childhood who has returned to your hometown to teach biology to a group of poverty stricken high schoolers while watching over your dad who is slowly sinking into dementia That would essentially be the perfect time for hanging out at your best friend from high school s house all day, enjoying the company of her droll children, flirting with your inexplicably devoted Nativ [...]

    5. Meghan Pinson on said:

      My memory, like Codi s, is for shit I have very few memories from childhood through this week that aren t factually suspect, and thus justifiably subject to correction by others This is either sad or liberating, depending on my mood and motivation, and provides both impetus for and against the writing down of Real Life Sometimes the only proof I want is the emotional residue But sometimes that, too, is inaccurate like the blinding pop in Codi s recurring dream, even the subconscious can get flip [...]

    6. Leslie on said:

      I stayed up late tonight finishing this book I just bought the book 2 days ago at a used bookstore This was an uncharacteristically fast read for me I read like I eat slowly and often distracted I ve been sobbing not crying, SOBBING through the last half of the book I m just getting over a nasty cold and it definitely wasn t pretty Kingsolver writing is so earthy, playful and gorgeous at the same time She weaves in these metaphors about globalism and environmentalism in the most non preachy way [...]

    7. Dana D. on said:

      This is my favorite Kingsolver novel, and I ve re read it several times, not because it s the best literature but because I loved several the characters and some of the imagery I even named my cat after the main character s sister Sort of Anyway, it s readable in a day or two it s a little preachy and the plot is contrived, but of great sentimental value to me And the scene of Cody s aging father developing black and white photographs meant to resemble completely unrelated objects really affecte [...]

    8. Stephanie on said:

      Picked this one up for next to nothing at a garage sale in September along with Sol Yurik s The Warriors and S.E Hinton s The Outsiders The pretty woman in her early 40 s refused to sell it to me, instead wanting me to take it for free I insisted and gave her a buck for all three She lives in a tiny little pink and turquoise casita around the corner and up the street from my flat which I have always lovingly admired Now having read the book I feel like there was some sort of Never Ending Story t [...]

    9. Jeffrey Taylor on said:

      The book was interesting light reading, easy to read not very demanding Overall, however, I found it disappointing.An essential quality of a novel is its ability to take us into the consciousness of another person In that respect Kingsolver succeeds Codi is a feminine, anti hero Kingsolver takes us into all of Codi s doubts and misgivings We experience the broken and the whole moments of her life Unfortunately there are unexplored and incomplete elements in Codi s life that are not fully develop [...]

    10. Zoe on said:

      I found this at Brattleboro Books, the used bookstore in town, and thought that if I actually bought it, maybe I would finally read it I ve checked it out of three different libraries now at least five times, but somehow have always been too distracted to get into it I have paid enough library fines because of this to have paid for my used copy several times, I m sure But ohhh my This was perfect My early mid winter desert escape.How do these things find us just when we need them I think Barbara [...]

    11. Wfbcreeds on said:

      Animals dream about the things they do in the day time just like people do If you want sweet dreams, you ve got to live a sweet life So says Loyd Peregrina, a handsome Apache trainman and latter day philosopher But when Codi Noline returns to her hometown, Loyd s advice is painfully out of her reach Dreamless and at the end of her rope, Codi comes back to Grace, Arizona to confront her past and face her ailing, distant father What the finds is a town threatened by a silent environmental catastro [...]

    12. Z on said:

      This is the Kalamazoo Public Library s Reading Together 2008 book, and I would highly recommend it It deals with family issues, Alzheimer s, environmental issues, political issues specifically Nicaragua in the 1980 s , and Native American issues, yet it is not an issue book It is a captivating story of a 30 something woman who returns to her small hometown and struggles with opening herself up to life That may make it sound sappy, but it s not, because Cosima, our protagonist and narrator, is an [...]

    13. Amy on said:

      Barbara Kingsolver has a gift that allows the reader to identify with the land that she is writing about This story is as much about the main character, Cosima Noline, as it is about her hometown Gracela Canyon, where she grew up and moves back to as a thirty something As with Kingsolver s Poisonwood Bible, this story has the characters reflect on their place in the world as individuals as well as in their family, community and workplace The writing is moving and beautiful And although I read th [...]

    14. Lisa on said:

      This book is really about understanding oneself amid a lifetime of memories and secretse risks we take not only when we cheat ourselves, but when we find ourselves, too It covers a lot of territory and while this may look like a laundry list of boring topics, it s not, and many of these are slightly touched upon while others are delved into and are part of what makes up Codi, our narrator and main character corporate interference and environmental impact, cock fighting, family issues, the atroci [...]

    15. Samidha Kalia on said:

      This book wrecked me.When I first read the 30% of the book I had absolutely no feelings for the main character, even though it was written in first person.I just read it because I loved the way Kingsolver took time to creat and portray her environment, as well as setting The last 30% of the book was massively different from the first one And I think that s when my perspective on this novel changed.It s a brilliant piece of work, that needs to be read slowly and cherished fully to finally grasp w [...]

    16. dipandjelly on said:

      i reeled so hard when i reached the luckiest person alive i d forgotten that about hallie, even though i d read the entire book once before, so long ago i d forgotten how it ends i was unprepared for hallie i forgot about codi getting back on the train i remembered parts of the book i forgot i d read, and then remembered specific parts of the book that never even happened at all kept coming back to what abuelita viola says on the last page no, if you remember something, then it s true in the lon [...]

    17. Chitrangi Kakoti on said:

      I am feeling a very eerie sort of calm now But I also feel my throat still choked up, the way it does when you want to suppress your tears.I will have to read it again, much slowly the next time, because I feel like I did no justice to the book by reading it the way I did Codi s voice was too disturbingly similar At the end of it all, however, I cant help but wonder if I could do what she did jump on that train, despite or because of everything that transpired through the text I wonder if I will [...]

    18. Debra Anne on said:

      Animal Dreams has everything in it that I love about Kingsolver s writing her vision filled writing style, and sense of place I loved immersing myself in the Latino spiced culture, and the Native American wisdom of the nearby pueblo people enriches the mix That being said, two things almost made me put it down, and only Kingsolver s talent as a writer kept me going The book is basically a romance novel, not my favorite genre, but I can endure a romance novel if there is to the plot, which there [...]

    19. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" on said:

      An all around good book A little heartbreak, a little hope, a little humor, and none of it overdone Easy to read, but by no means brain candy There are some very valuable observations woven into the story, nicely understated Codi s little journey reminds us that the way we remember things may have nothing to do with actual events, and that little things we do for others and for the earth can be important for both the doer and the doee The main character is a tall female like me, and I loved some [...]

    20. Laurel on said:

      I was surprisingly happy with the ending of this book, but the problem was the rest of it Throughout, I found myself feeling like there was something missing about Codi Or at least something I was missing I understood that she was troubled, but I couldn t figure out if I liked her anyway I understood that she was working through her issues, but I couldn t decide if she was taking too long or not taking long enough I understood that she loved her sister, but I couldn t tell if the relationship wa [...]

    21. Caleigh on said:

      In this book, they tell it from two different people s perspective The main character, Codi, is very open about all of her feelings and what she feels should be done The father, on the other hand, is very mysterious and only really told about through Codi s point of view However, after hearing everything Codi has to say about her father, you read a little part from her father s view, which is completely different from Codi s I think you learn about each character this way, and about how differe [...]

    22. Kelly on said:

      This is far and away my favorite book Yes, asking an avid reader to choose a favorite is like asking a parent to choose a favorite child, I know But this book This is the book that made me start re reading things This is the book that feels like it was written about my life This book combines so many things familial relationships and how we navigate them as we age, losing loved ones, suffering in private, moving back home as an adult, fears of all shapes and sizes, romantic relationships, animal [...]

    23. Tima on said:

      This book was captivating Kingsolver has a rare gift of painting emotion with every word She does not spend pages writing detailed descriptions of a character s face she spends a novel intertwining characters personalities You can feel the passion, the heavy sadness you can see the world in which this story lives She wrote so beautifully of Native American life, modern city life, loss in many ways loss of body, mind, feeling, family but also of gaining all those things back in a true to life for [...]

    24. Jill Wasberg on said:

      This was pretty silly I loved Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer, and this was promising, with complex themes of environmental ethics and international social justice issues I thought the narration first person, mid thirties female who teaches high school biology in her tiny southwestern hometown was so trite and annoying I think Barbara Kingsolver is a talented writer, so I m not sure what happened here Much of the story was about Codi, the narrator, coming to terms with coming to the home th [...]

    25. Cheri on said:

      This is a wonderful book It does what many stories try to do it simply tells a person s life, a snippet of time in the grand scheme of things, and in the process touches on some larger truth Something that helps a reader with a new perspective, a new thing to think about Many stories try to do this Most fail to do it thoroughly.But Animal Dreams does it It is pierced through with sorrow and love and loss and growth, all wrapped up in one special town that most see as a place to move from Many ha [...]

    26. Richard on said:

      Ok, I cried Laughed, too, but books that can actually squeeze a tear out of me are few and far between especially one s that aren t overtly manipulative.I waited a long time to read this 19 years, in fact I m like that with some books I know I m going to read them, but the time has to be right In some cases like The Last Temptation of Christ that I carted around for ten years, right meant I had to mature as a reader and maybe that s what it meant for Animal Dreams I knew from the get go that thi [...]

    27. Garlan ✌ on said:

      After a somewhat slow start, this turned out to be a great read I really loved the imagery of the southwest, and all the great characters that Kingsolver brings to life Codi Cosima for Order in the Cosmos Noline returns to Grace, AZ to care for an ailing father and to try to come to grips with her own past Fearing loss and hurt, she struggles to remain apart from everything, even as she becomes enmeshed with the townspeople and their plight Her relationships with a distant father and a precocio [...]

    28. Joyce on said:

      This was a pleasant, chick lit kind of read and I can t, for the life of me, figure out why the community where I live chose it as a community read The most I got out of this tale is a desire to visit Arizona It s a nice story and I liked the central character and her boyfriend, but I fail to see any deep meanings which would resonate with the whole Midwestern county where I live There s an environmental subplot that is amusingly and deftly handled, but it s not central to the story If anything, [...]

    29. Sarah on said:

      I cant even begin to articulate how moving and beautiful I found this book I am still reeling from it and bet it will stay with me for a long time As with many of Kingsolver s books, it is about much than the plot suggests sisters, finding home, history, environmentalism, gender, family ties, race, US imperialism, etc Yet it is so rooted that it all makes sense This might be my favorite book.

    30. Lis on said:

      Breathtakingly beautiful I stayed in bed all morning to finish this book, forgetting about my to do list and letting myself sob This story is about what it means to belong, and the lure of anonymity when one is fueled by a narrative of aloneness Kingsolver s writing feels like a warm blanket on a crisp desert evening.

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