Pros:Evocative language and hearty storytelling. A true American novel.
Cons:The characterization of Native Americans is a bit antiquated and may offend some readers.
The Bottom Line: The Bean Trees returns us to a time when American Storytelling was an art form. Kingsolver truly weaves an enchanting web with this simple, eloquent story.
With typical plain-speaking prose, Barbara Kingsolver details the daily life of her characters beautifully. By the end of the novel you will feel as if you have sat down to tea with each of these people and you will likely consider them close friends.
I found myself dreading the end of the book and an inevitable return to reality. However, I could not stop myself from reading "just one more page" before bed.
In a style that evokes great American tale-tellers like Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor, Barbara Kingsolver draws the reader into the story. Upon closing this book I felt as if I was waking from a beautiful dream. One which was destined to haunt me long after I awakened.
I recommend this book with great confidence. The literary style is plain yet powerful. The characters have a depth of spirit rarely seen in literature today.
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