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The Bean Trees Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

Ryan dissects Kingsolver's writing style in The Bean Trees and finds it lacking in substance although well-meaning and "lively"

Kingsolver's work... consistently floats among the verbiage that vies for our dwindling reading time. Her novels and stories are seductively appealing, offering, as they do, sympathetic, interesting characters; well-paced plots with clear resolutions; and a breezy, colloquial, eminently readable style. That is to say, they give us all the comforting conventions of old-time realistic fiction, flavored with the cool contemporary lingo favored by so many of the truly hip young guns. In short, Barbara Kingsolver's novels and stones are a good read. But I would argue that more importantly-and interestingly-Kingsoiver's fiction is so very popular because it is the exemplary fiction for our age: aggressively politically correct, yet fundamentally conservative.

Kingsolver knows what she's about. In the battle that rages in literary magazines for the elusive soul of contemporary...

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