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Pigs in Heaven: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Surprisingly appealed to my tastes.

Pigs in Heaven is a book I was really not looking forward to read at all. I chose it for the theme, and going into this I was dreading reading it, as there's nothing worse than having to read a really bad book, but I came out of it with a book that I can definitely call...
Pigs in Heaven is a book I was really not looking forward to read at all. I chose it for the theme, and going into this I was dreading reading it, as there's nothing worse than having to read a really bad book, but I came out of it with a book that I can definitely call one of my favourites now.
The real story begins with Taylor Greer on a sort of soul searching trip with her adoptive daughter, Turtle, a six year old girl Taylor was just handed three years earlier. They visit the Hoover Dam, and Turtle witnesses a near death, which lands them in the public eye for saving a man's life. It brings attention to Turtle's heritage, a void adoption, and a sudden battle to sort a girl into one of two cultures under what each think her best interests would be. Along the way, they meet strange characters, both for their gain and detriment, and the story not only follows them but a variety of characters all centered around the same plot. The relationships of every individual character that Kingsolver rotates through each chapter, and the development of their lives in relation to each other, highlights the actuality of personality in comparison to one's perception of themselves and the continuous segregation of culture and races in modern times.
I can't really think of anything I didn't like about the book. The voice was really well executed, and the story line unlike anything I've read before. Somewhat educational, and research was obviously done to write the novel. One should read this book not for any particular reason than to read. It could aid in perhaps gaining a better understanding of modern segregation, but it's no history lesson.
And although I tend to gravitate towards the 'New Science Fiction' section of the bookstores I frequent, there is a timeless quality that some books seem to have, this included, where you're not focusing on how it shallowly relates to your own life. You just read it.

posted by EmiliaBartelheim on September 27, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

An Annoying and Somewhat Boring Book.

Possible Spoilers.
This book is definitely not the worst book out there. It has a lot of great description and characters and in all honesty at points it gets pretty interesting. However, the outcome of the book and the entire premise annoyed me to no end. The entire c...
Possible Spoilers.
This book is definitely not the worst book out there. It has a lot of great description and characters and in all honesty at points it gets pretty interesting. However, the outcome of the book and the entire premise annoyed me to no end. The entire custody battle was annoying mostly because I felt more sympathy towards Taylor than Annawake, probably with the way things were presented between the two. The ending was far too disappointing for my taste as a result.
Barbara Kingslover's writing is fine. It is beautiful and nobody can argue that. However, at one point when you're being told all the flowers in a field someone is passing by, you get really bored. I know I did. The over enthusiastic description is unnecessary a lot of the time. If you are one of those people that likes fast-paced storylines or a story with more dialogue than description, this is certainly not a book for you.
Overall, it was not a great book. If I didn't have to read it for school I would have stopped reading it within the first cumbersome chapter. The story drags on and the long paragraph descriptions make you wonder how anyone could get through this book in the first place.

posted by 9537623 on August 27, 2011

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