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American Dirt


"American Dirt is a Grapes of Wrath for our times."
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Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

Created: 02/06/20

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davinamw

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Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?


Posted Feb. 08, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
peggyt

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

Birds are symbols of peace, freedom, and hope. These are things everyone wants. Some of us are lucky enough to have them, some are not.


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susanr

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

The book cover featuring blue birds, that are similar to traditional Mexican Talavera tiles and they are surrounded by barbed wire. To me birds mean freedom and have the ability to travel wherever they can fly. think that the cover represents the fact that people are being kept from going where they can be safe.


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melanieb

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

The birds represent flight, flying overhead (oversight), freedom, song, and distance.


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djcminor

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

Birds represent freedom.


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shannonl

Join Date: 12/04/17

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

TO be honest, I hadn't even noticed! They could be doves with an olive branch or flight or a special part of her (Lydia's) list of favorite books....I just thought they were pretty and there weren't a lot of dramatic, eye-catching options for this story.


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Carol Rainer

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

Because they are encaged in barbed wire as Lydia feels she is and they yearn to be free which is the basis for her forced excursion with her son.


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ABeman

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

This question reminds me of Maya Angelou's poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." The caged bird sings because he's tied up, his wings are clipped. The free bird has too much life to deal with. No time to sing. In the case of this novel, Lydia and company are beautiful birds with no time to sing as they are too busy striving for their freedom from the cage. Flight.


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taking.mytime

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

Birds are free to fly wherever they please. There are no borders for them. Maybe the birds on the cover symbolize the ability of Lydia and Luca to make their journey and cross all borders.


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brendad

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RE: Why do you think there are birds on the cover of the novel?

Possibly because birds are migratory.


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