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Prodigal Summer: A Novel (original: 2000; edição: 2001)

de Barbara Kingsolver (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Prodigal Summer: A Novel
Autores:Barbara Kingsolver (Autor)
Informação:Harper Perennial (2001), 464 pages
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Her most recent piece of fiction, Prodigal Summer is definitely BK's most science-y novel yet (but you can still count on a parallel romantic plot like her previous novels). You can see how her focus has been shifting in recent years. She expertly blends three different story lines in Southern Appalachia country, which is proving to be one of her writing strengths (see The Poisonwood Bible). This book also examines the heart of issues surrounding tobacco, endangered species, and the cycle of life (sorry, couldn't think of a less corny phrase). I didn't want it to end--I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel, like Pigs in Heaven to The Bean Trees. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
This is a noteworthy book that exemplifies accomplished writing, interleaving the natural world with the more immediate human bubble, depicting conflicting proclivities through contrasting characters, even contradictions in individual thinking. Also in showing how alike all life forms are, differing for the most part only morphologically in niche adaptation with varying subjective perspectives.

An example of contradictory thinking depicted is one of the characters believing wholeheartedly in 'Creation Science,' yet trying to improve the disease resistance of a tree species through successive artificial selection — the same technique Nature employs through evolution. 'Survival of the fittest' has nothing to do with with brutishness, and everything to do with adaptability.

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." ~ Mark Twain

There is more to the story to be sure, with characters fleshed out realistically, some even exhibiting a bit of comic relief, plot-line dots to be connected, and the absurdities, misunderstandings, and caring in extended family and neighbor relations. The essence of the story to me though, is our weedy species inability for the most part to recognize what sustains our being any more than our animal cousins do — the connectedness of all life.

Like humans, "A bird never doubts its place at the center of the universe." [from Prodigal Summer]

As an example of the plot, in the first chapter the story begins in introducing the reader to not only a main character, but also to Nature in the randiness of spring as seen through the human umwelt. It's a thread exploited further as the story progresses, spiked with joy, enmity, loss, and irony. What better way to grab the reader's interest than with hormonal enticement, the subjective issues it engenders, and accompanying pleasures and resentments. In my experience, that's the cornerstone of much of literature. I'm not complaining mind you, I'm for whatever might work to hopefully instill a better understanding of the natural world that sustains us — that for the sake of our futures.

What may annoy some in this writing are passages of character thoughts that those reading for entertainment only don't want to think about. Even these character thoughts aren't necessarily dispensed as gospel though, as they may be muddled, even contradicted, further on, leaving the reader to ponder the subjective good vs. bad aspects of the natural world that perplex us. Nature is oblivious to our considered rights and wrongs, adapting life forms in moving on, intent on balancing the paradoxical and symbiotic interactions among evolving life forms in preserving a continuum of physical life.

"The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think." ~ Edwin Schlossberg

I thought the story even handed and the ending a nice touch. I also thought the story well crafted in knowing what to leave out.

Even to those averse to the natural world being a relevant 'character' in the story though, it can be an engrossing read. Pair this book with reading other quality eco-lit, like that of Wendell Berry, Richard Powers, Edward O. Wilson, Rachel Carson, etc., and there is the potential of a heap of wisdom to be gained. It's our futures that are at stake ;-)
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1 vote LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
"Prodigal Summer" weaves together three seemingly separate storylines, the most prominent one focusing on details about participants in an Appalachian natural ecosystem and human ecosystem: in these chapters, Forest Ranger Deanna is dedicated to protecting coyotes and is attracted to a local farmer who hunts them. Another storyline is about an etymologist who must learn to get along with her inlaws, and the third is a farmer who wants to protect his chestnut saplings. The book is well researched and the characters are believable.
Though the main characters in each storyline feel alone, the book shows how they're all connected. The women each represent parts of the natural world -- plant, insect and mammal. Interestingly, the couples seem to be opposites that attract.
Kingsolver uses the opportunity to educate the reader about the interconnection of everything in the environment, including humans. ( )
  dcvance | May 4, 2021 |
A story of three sets of intersecting characters set in marginal Appalachian farmland adjoining state forest. The birds and the bees, and the moths and the trees are all lead characters in this lush tale.
The author can write - plot, characterisation and setting are all done so well. I find that recently I am reading more female authors and enjoying the results. I wonder if less testosterone improves the accuaracy of character observation?
But in this book, a mild criticism, I felt that the author was addressing a female audience more than a general audience. This isn't a problem - it's probably time that men were given the task of seeing the world through other eyes? ( )
  mbmackay | Apr 4, 2021 |
One of my favorite books. I recommend this to a lot of people and I keep multiple copies so I can give it away to someone when I know they will love it.

How do I know they will love it? When someone brings up a love of nature and/or an understanding of the interconnectedness between nature and people, I recommend "Prodigal Summer."

The book speaks to that aforementioned interconnectedness and the value of the ecosystem and the vitality and importance of it and the creatures in it. It's a wonderful read. Kingsolver writes the most beautiful stories. ( )
  coffeefairy | Nov 21, 2020 |
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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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'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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