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Animal Dreams

A Novel

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From Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Bean Trees, and other modern classics, Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one woman’s struggle to find her place in the world.

At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, “If you want sweet dreams, you’ve got to live a sweet life.”

Filled with lyrical writing, Native American legends, a tender love story, and Codi’s quest for identity, Animal Dreams is literary fiction at it’s very best.

This edition includes a P.S. section with additional insights from Barbara Kingsolver, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

From Publishers Weekly

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: Literary
  • Published: Oct 13, 2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
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