Essays from Now or Never by Barbara Kingsolver. High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver is a collection of twenty-five of the author's essays. The subjects contained in her anthology range from the tough times she experienced as an egghead in high school in her small town in Kentucky to her work as a successful writer. One common thread that touches the diverse subjects that she addresses in this collection is her passion—her passion for literature, societal issues, her family, community, animal and plant conservation and of the care and welfare of her daughter, Camille.
Barbara Kingsolver HarperCollins Barbara Kingsolver's essays are like conversations across a metaphoric fence, the fence that always divides a reader from a favorite novelist.
In her novels, Kingsolver has the advantage of inventing characters and stories you can love or hate, but who are just so; you would not think of arguing with them.
In this wide-ranging collection of essays, however, she is speaking of, and for, herself and revealing the kinds of details, stories and opinions that make you want to talk back like a neighbor. It's an illusion, of course: One essay begins this way: You are curled up on the sofa, with an afghan maybe, and the person you love is there too.
You are female, because, I'm sorry, but I have the typewriter and you have to be what I say. Having been her editor, I confess, was a pleasure. Being her reader now is no less so. Much of Kingsolver's writing is transparent; it flows by with as little turbulence as a clear stream.
But there is nothing artless about it, and the literary mind at work becomes visible now and then in the sudden splash of a figure of speech.
Describing her attitude toward housework, for example, she remarks, "Cleanliness is next to godliness only if you're God's Wife.
Nobody will know their way around it as well as you do. It needs to be that way. The gift of a microwave is an insult, if it suggests you could be replaced by the twist of a knob and a loud ding. One day there will be a crackling, clean, creosote smell in the air and the ground will be charged and the hair on your arms will stand on end and then BOOM, you are thrillingly drenched.
All the desert toads crawl out of their burrows, swell out their throats, and scream for sex while the puddles last. The ocotillos leaf out before your eyes, like a nature show on fast forward. There is so little time before the water sizzles back to thin air again.
So little time to live a whole life in the desert. This is elemental mortality, the root of all passion. Her writing is both personal and political; yet, with a novelist's eye for the complexity of things, she avoids the traps of self-indulgence and polemics.
Throughout these essays there is an undercurrent of humor, which sometimes becomes the stream itself. In an essay on the art of fiction writing, Kingsolver offers this comic insight into the roots of her own irresistible passion for storytelling: I was a nineteen-year-old cello virtuoso running away from my dreadful seventy-year-old husband; or I had a brain tumor, and was determined to see every state in the union by Greyhound in the remaining two months of my life; or I was a French anthropologist working with a team that had just uncovered the real cradle of human origins in a surprising but as-yet-undisclosable location.
Oh how my fellow passengers' eyes would light up.
People two rows ahead of me would put down their paperbacks, sling an elbow over the back of the seat, and ride all the rest of the way to Indianapolis backward, asking questions.
Reviewer Paul Trachtman writes from his home in rural New Mexico.“High Tide in Tucson” by Barbara Kingsolver attempts to enlighten its readers to the harsh reality that results from leaving home and demonstrate how our animal-like qualities keep us going.
Kingsolver writes to the people who have already moved away from home and the people who may follow that. This Essay is from her book of essays “High Tide in Tucson” in which Barbara Kingsolver shares her beliefs and her commitments – specifically, in family, community, the common good, cultural diversity, the world of children, and child rearing, which she lets in or rushes out to embrace all the wonders, beauties, threats, and angers that life and earth can offer.
Writing High Tide in Tucson was just about like writing a book from scratch. It took about a year. It took about a year. A lot of the material is brand-new, written for this book.4/5(K).
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