Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver…

“Unsheltered, I live in daylight. And like the wandering bird I rest in thee.”

Just finished this remarkable, thought provoking book. It was a heavy read, definitely not for casual reading. I fell in love with Barbara Kingsolver’s writing after I read Poisonwood Bible – a book that stayed with me for a very long time after I finished it. She definitely lived up to her reputation with this book. Her writing is beautiful and intelligent. The writer, the scientist, the humanitarian, the environmentalist and the activist in her comes through in every page of this book. Subjects like the state of healthcare and the current political scenario in the United States, capitalism and its effects on current and future generations, racism, bigotry, environmental issues, the age old science vs religion debate, are all presented in this book very cleverly, by weaving a plot that fits the author’s agenda.

The story alternates between 1800’s and present. With this alternating narrative, the author cleverly shows the reader how the same old thinking of dismissing forward thinking people (eg: Charles Darwin) as lunatics and rejecting their fresh/intelligent ideas without any consideration, just because they make some people insecure and scared, still exists in the current society. I admire Ms Kingsolver’s passion and enthusiasm. Her writing is beautiful. With this book, she came across to me as someone who cares a whole lot about humanity and that only made me respect her more. As another passionate person who also genuinely cares about the subjects she presented in this book, it is not a surprise that I enjoyed it. To think that I almost skipped this book based on the average reviews! I am so glad I didn’t. This is definitely one of my top reads of 2018. 4/5 stars.

“Presumptions of a lifetime are perilous things to overturn. Presumptions of many lifetimes, in this case.”

“Truth is objective. A man should be respected for telling it, not threatened.”

“To stand in the clear light of day, you once said. Unsheltered.”

“I suppose it is in our nature,” she said finally. “When men fear the loss of what they know, they will follow any tyrant who promises to restore the old order.”

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