Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In an attempt to escape her marriage, an unfulfilled wife hurries to a tryst and finds the mountainside outside her home occupied by an entire colony of monarch butterflies. The novel portrays the two situations, often using metaphor to parallel them. The broad conflict between man and nature adds depth to the story. The global warming bandwagon became tedious, maybe because the uneducated townspeople’s resistance to the theory was clichéd. Some of the other details, especially the operation of a sheep farm drug for me. But overall--definitely a substantive, engaging read.