Read The Poisonwood Bible PDF by Barbara Kingsolver
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 it—from garden seeds to Scripture—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 I tried to read "The Poisonwood Bible" once before, when I was younger. I didn't finish the first chapter before I was bored and put it back on the shelf. I've kept the book since then, though, and thank goodness, because Barbara Kingsolver is amazing. I must not have been trying that hard before, because I couldn't put this book down when I picked it up again last week. The story, which spans 30+ years, is hauntingly beautiful. Kingsolver follows the Price family as they move in 1959 from small-town Georgia to Kilanga in the Belgian Congo. Nathan Price is a fire-and-brimstone Baptist preacher trying to convert the "savage" natives, and he is joined by his introspective wife and their four daughters — Rachel, twins Leah and Adah, and Ruth May. The three older girls are in their early teens, while Ruth May is still a chid and innocently so. The story is told in flash-backs from the alternating perspectives of the four girls, and an introduction to five of the seven contained books is narrated by their mother, Orleanna Price, back in Georgia. As Congo becomes an independent country, the family struggles with community dissension and Nathan Price's increasingly damning religious intensity. I love how Kingsolver takes her time to describe scenes and explore the sister's innermosts thoughts and fears. Each voice is distinct and strong. At times, I felt passages seemed to drone on, but later in the book, I came to relish the descriptions of each place and person. I especially liked the scene described as driver ants invade the village in the middle of the night, eating chickens by sheer force and biting at the heels of the people trying to escape. I watched YouTube videos of driver ants for 30 minutes after reading that chapter. "The Poisonwood Bible" is lengthy but worth every page.
I tried to read this book about 10 years ago when people were raving about it. I HATED it. Couldn't get past about the 3rd chapter. No interest in the story or the characters. In the meantime, every time someone spoke about Barbara Kingsolver's books, I announced how I couldn't stand the one book of hers I'd tried to read. And then I read The Lacuna... and loved it. So, being not entirely stubborn, I decided to re-try The Poisonwood Bible. Well, this time I loved it. I couldn't put it down. When it
was over, I wanted to start it all over again. It had to go back to the library though, so one day I'll buy a copy for myself. The Poisonwood Bible follows the stories of a very stubborn preacher who comes to the Congo as a missionary, accompanied by his wife and four daughters. He apparently has little regard or respect for women in general and for the "heathens" he is planning to save. We learn about him from his actions as reported by his wife and daughters, we don't actually hear his voice. But the technique of writing from the perspective of the women in his family works very well. You'll love some of the characters, and roll your eyes regarding some. I highly recommend reading this book. Just persevere past the first couple of chapters. It is well worth your time!
I had no idea how much I would love this book. I almost didn't even read it at all. Based on just the brief description on the back, I mistakenly thought it would have a lot of religion and politics in it. I have no interest in reading a book full of politics and/or religion. Thankfully, this was not what was contained in this book. This book is about a family, about people, about growing up. Growing up in a world and a culture very different from what we are used to. They can't just go to the grocery store and buy whatever food they want to cook for the week. I guess I liked this book so much because of several reasons. One being the cultural aspect. I love learning about other cultures. Learning about the Congo was completely fascinating to me. I even took my own time and efforts to do some of my own researching to look up information on Congo and was completely blown away that there is a place like this out there in our very own world. It made me realize how lucky I am to be able to live in the kind of society that I live in. I love the way this book way written, taking one of the sisters to be the center of each chapter. We get to learn each personality of the four sisters that way. I got to learn their view on the world around them and their feelings on the people they have in their lives, and the connections they make with others. I love books with good character development. That is probably my most important aspect in any book I felt this book did a good job on that. I love watching the children grow up in their own way and seeing the paths that they take. I love that this book spanned a huge time period. The bulk of the book took place in their arrival a first few years in Congo, which is where their shaping and perspectives get so strongly molded. It was interesting to wonder about how the experiences in the Congo and just the fact of them coming to the Congo at all made their lives so completely different had they never gone there at all. Overall, this book completely blew my mind away with both its characters and it setting. The author clearly took a long time of research to get this book right and it shows.
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