The Poisonwood Bible ePub Edition 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 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 I'm less inclines to write the kind of reviews which is expected of me. I don't want to write about a book in a negative way (not that I believe uninteresting or poorly written books don't exist, I just don't like spending time writing about it) So when I review a book I want to write about what struck me about it- what made me give it so high a rating, although to be honest most of my ratings are really high... I can't help it. Wow, the language in this book! From the very first sentence the reader is enthralled and pulled into such a beautifully crafted environment that you can feel the humidity, and smell the faraway scent of an ancient jungle... It sounds dramatic, but I'm serious, I couldn't put the book down mostly because I felt so much like I was actually there, I had to know what happened next. This is the amazing account of a missionary family that moves to the Congo, and how Africa alters their lives in ways they never would have imagined. My other favorite part? You experience this book from within the individual minds' of the four daughters, each chapter from a different point of view- one of which has a mental disability (I say disability, but it is Aida that notices what others do not, and her point of view is always fascinating and wildly different from the others) I LOVE IT. Its an emotional read, but one you will never regret.
This was a magnificent story! I was expecting an inspirational story of a Baptist missionary and his family going to Africa to reach the lost. This it was not. It was the story of the history and politics of the Congo from the 1950s to the 1990s, as told through the diaries of Rev. Price's wife and four daughters. It was a story of heart break, misunderstanding, suffering and sacrificeâ€”but also humor and finally coming to peace in spite of all the mistakes and misadventures the women of this family endured. Rev. price took his family to the Belgian Congo without the sanction or financial support of his Church. But lest you think Rev. Price to be so concerned about the lost that he would sacrifice so much, you are wrong. Price cannot forgive himself for being his army unit's sole survivor of the Batan Death March. He survived because of injuries and a chance rescue by medical personnel before the rest of his unit went on to die. Unable to move past survivor's guilt, he cannot accept the blessing of life and family God has given him. As penance for his guilt, he will not allow himself or his family to be happy. He rules his family as a tyrant, and makes no effort to understand the customs of the Congolese villagers to whom he preaches. Distrust and misunderstanding between the Prices and the villagers comes to a head one fateful day. That day marks the
end of their familyâ€”a day that forever changes the course of each member of the family. The story continues through to the civil war in the Congo, and follows the lives of each of the Price women. Deep on every level, this book deals with tough questions and dilemmas about how to transcend culture to further Christianity, European imperialism, capitalism, democracy, and the role of our government in African affairs. Yet I found that I didn't have to agree with the author on all or any of these points to enjoy this book. It made me consider my point of view, and that of the "other." Who am I to think of the African as the "primitive?" Perhaps it is I who can learn from him.
1959... an over-the-top missionary Nathan Price sets out for the Congo... with his wife and four daughters in tow. He's going to bring salvation to the "uncivilized" people. The book is narrated in turn by the women in his life and each chapter takes on a unique personality. His haughty perspective is quickly put in its place when his demonstration of agricultural "superiority" fails... North American plants were not suited for Congo and the natives are the ones who keep his family from going hungry. The title came from another of the ministers failings... his attempt to preach in the native tongue. He was speaking to the congregation about the the Bible and in butchering their language actually uses the word for poisonwood instead of bible. In a tenacious effort to "save" the Congolese people, Nathan's own family disintegrates. His wife becomes near catatonic, after which she becomes estranged. His daughters are left to find their own ways... and each is lost to him in her own way.
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