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Click Here to Download the Book The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of itâ€”from garden seeds to Scriptureâ€”is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
Reviews Whether it is fiction or not, comedy or tragedy, every good book has a point at which it makes me cry. Great books have a point at which I must stop, dry my eyes with a tissue, and perhaps let out a small sob, connecting with the characters and events, empathizing with them, sympathizing for them, realizing their joys and losses. In this book, it was this passage, "It is great-grandmother, Orleanna, who buys the elephants. She studies her handful of unfamiliar coins, then holds all of them out to the vendor. The woman deftly plucks out the few she needs, and then presses into Orleanna's hand a gift: the tiny wooden okapi, perfectly carved. Pour vous, madame, she says. Un cadeau." The Poisonwood Bible is about paternalism gone bad (where are the benevolent grandfathers?!), both at the family level and at the national level. It is about love and loss and strength and all of those usual transformational novel themes. But, it's really good. I really loved that it brought me to know central Africa better. The central African countries have long been a jumble of countries to me that always seem to be in civil war, trading out dictators, and surviving another famine. I learned a lot about the Democratic Republic of Congo and it's history, and I'm yearning to learn more about it, and the region. I have added a whole list of Nancy Pearl recommended books on African Colonialism and African literature.
A fanatical Baptist minister takes him family to the Congo to spread the Gospel during the War in the Congo ( 60's ); the story provides excellent character development of the Baptist minister and his wife and family; also the people of the Congo. Barbara Kingslover weaves the story into the events that are happening in the Congo at the time the family is in the Congo; giving the reader a great history lesson. The reader is taken from the US to the Congo, the many struggles the family endures, the final straw the tragedy that marks the definition in the family. The reader is taken back to the US, yet always remains in the Congo. This is one if not the best book I have ever read; it is not a book to read in one day; one must soak it in, get to know the characters, the land, the people, the inter-working of the family & the people, get a note pad to write
down names, as you will want to keep up with the people you will come to love or despise.
I really loved this book. The writing was absolutely superb. When my sister-in-law first recommended it, I thought the plot sounded a bit dull, but as I was in need of reading material, I gave it a try, and I haven't regretted it. It's true that in some parts the plot wasn't what caught my attention, but the characters (it's from the perspectives of a woman and her four daughters) were so engaging, varied and believable that I could hardly put it down. It was incredible how well she switched characters and never lost their unique way of expressing themselves. Even if she didn't address who it was at the beginning of the chapters, they were so well defined that I still would've recognized who was speaking. I can't emphasize how perfect her style was. I loved the thickness of the book, too- it gave me a sense of satisfaction when I'd finished. I'll definitely be adding it to my collection when I get the chance.
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