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Animal Dreams

Barbara Kingsolver

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"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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Feb 01, 2002 – Codi Noline's return to her hometown in rural Arizona after 15 years of aimlessness reopens old wounds. But a suspenseful love affair and contact with the local community soon allow her to face old ghosts and embrace the present. First published in English in 1990, this award-winning best seller captures Kingsolver's typical wit, earthiness, and passion. A Spanish translator of fiction, Borr s (Obsesiones , Diagonal, 2001) uses dialect from Spain throughout, but most of it can be understood in context. For instance, he chooses the regional cuenco for "bowl," instead of the more familiar tazon or platillo. Likewise, a baby's "high chair" becomes the somewhat obscure trona, and "whore" turns into furcia instead of the more universal puta. Occasionally, Borr s's adaptation is less than accurate, as when "Emelina scraped toast corners into a blue enamel pail and ran a sinkful of hot water" becomes "Emelina recogio las migas de las tostadas con una paleta esmaltada azul y limpio la mesa con un buen cazo de agua caliente" ("Emelina picked up the toast crumbs with a small, blue enamel shovel and cleaned the table with a pot full of hot water"). Though Kingsolver's colorful use of language gets a little lost in the translation, her plot still holds interest and makes this book an enjoyable, sometimes memorable read. Dolores M. Koch, New York City

Customer Reviews

Animal Dreams

I envy the person who reads this book for the first time! Every few years I buy and read this wonderful book again, then pass it on to a lucky person.


This book was simply beautiful. I absolutely loved it when I read it for the first time. If you've read The Bean Trees, I completely recommend getting this book and vise versa!!


The book Is beautiful. It bring you in a new world that makes it feel real

Animal Dreams
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Oct 13, 2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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