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The Bean Trees: A Novel

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28 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

The Bean Trees

I admit, I am no great fan of modern American literature. Apart from Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth, and Raymond Carver, I hardly touch the stuff. I prefer a foreign setting, not to mention a different genre. And with that bias, I approached Barbara Kingsolver at long la...
I admit, I am no great fan of modern American literature. Apart from Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth, and Raymond Carver, I hardly touch the stuff. I prefer a foreign setting, not to mention a different genre. And with that bias, I approached Barbara Kingsolver at long last, and found The Bean Trees to be remarkably compelling. The story of Taylor Greer, on a journey across the country, heading nowhere in particular, simply seeking to escape her dreary life. Only to be handed a life she could not have expected when a baby is thrust into her car and left in her care. Kingsolver has created characters who seem quite far from me, lives and experiences distinct from my own. Yet somehow she manages to make me care about these people. She can weave a tale around a superficially simplistic setting, a deceptively banal event - and inject it with such meaning, such feeling. Cheers to you, Ms. Kingsolver. I look forward to reading more of your works.

posted by GeorgeEllington on November 6, 2009

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12 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

A Waste of Time

Unfortunately, this book was required reading for my freshman year English class. At that time, I was interested in classics, and books with great lessons and symbols for everyday life. After reading and enjoying many books with boring names I was actually excited to re...
Unfortunately, this book was required reading for my freshman year English class. At that time, I was interested in classics, and books with great lessons and symbols for everyday life. After reading and enjoying many books with boring names I was actually excited to read The Bean Trees. Having read To Kill a Mockingbird multiple times, I was looking for another great book. When I rented The Bean Trees from the library, I started reading immediately, looking for symbols and lessons comprable to To Kill a Mockingbird. What I got was a pointless story where the greatest conflicts include choosing to have an affair with a man, and getting papers for a little girl. The only lessons this book teaches you are that euthanasia should be used, abortion should be used, and that Child Services is evil. Seriously, if you are an average Conservative, do not read this book, unless you are unfortunate enough to be assigned it.

posted by Anonymous on January 10, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    A Waste of Time

    Unfortunately, this book was required reading for my freshman year English class. At that time, I was interested in classics, and books with great lessons and symbols for everyday life. After reading and enjoying many books with boring names I was actually excited to read The Bean Trees. Having read To Kill a Mockingbird multiple times, I was looking for another great book. When I rented The Bean Trees from the library, I started reading immediately, looking for symbols and lessons comprable to To Kill a Mockingbird. What I got was a pointless story where the greatest conflicts include choosing to have an affair with a man, and getting papers for a little girl. The only lessons this book teaches you are that euthanasia should be used, abortion should be used, and that Child Services is evil. Seriously, if you are an average Conservative, do not read this book, unless you are unfortunate enough to be assigned it.

    12 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    Dowringht awful

    For some reason we were made to read this book for english, and it is a horrible example of how books should be written. It was written with absolutly no climax, un needed characters, and parts that were incredible unrealistic, yet teachers think that it teaches us somthing. The only thing this book tries to teach us is that all males are bad, and that illegal immigrants should be aided in their quest to illegally stay in the country. One of the biggest characters lou ann gets 2 or 3 chapters about just her life, only to be hacked out of the story, never to be heard from again. There are several other characters that could have been ommited completely, and the basic, boring, plot wouldnt have changed at all. The 'challenges' the characters faced in the book were all brought upon by themselves. At any time taylor could have refused to take care of turtle, or refused to help the illegal immigrants, or moved back to pittman county. Lou ann could have stopped associating with angel and she would have been a lot better off, but she doesnt, so i have no sympathy for her. FINAL WORD: This is a completely horrible book that should not be read by anyone, i am insulted that this was printed, as it is a disgrace to those who work hard, and publish books with actual substance. The whole thing is full of blatent disregard for the real world and those who inhabit it, right down to the title, because beans grow on plants.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    It's Junk

    I hated this book. If I could I would give it no stars. No one cares about Taylors messed up life. I think Barbara Kingsolver wrote about her fantasy when Turtle was 'hurt'. I am probably going to burn the book and tell my English teacher to think about having it removed from the required list. This book is junk!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    My opinion is right!

    I am in the 10th grade and I love too read books. But I have never read a more boring book then this!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    BORING, LIBRAL , AND NOT FOR TEENS!

    I unfortanatly got this assigned to me as a 9th grade summer reading project. I found this book very inapropriate, boring, and had a very libral basis to the book. For some reason the author kept making "male reproduction organ" refrences, and included other inapropriate subjects like porn shops and afairs. The only lessons in this book are that illegal imigrants should be let in to this country and child servises are evil. DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Bronzepelt

    I am not the other Bronze.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Awful

    The worst book I was ever made to read. This woman is completely delusional, and should be kept in a locked and padded room.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    A long, drawn-out book

    This title is sure to put you to sleep in a matter of moments. Sure, the description is wonderful but there is no plot. The book could have been written in ten pages instead of 250. The characters nag each other, act like they are better than everybody else, and are oftentimes mean and disrespectful to others. Also, I think Taylor only ends up being what she tries to avoid by leaving KY, although many disagree with me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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