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The Poisonwood Bible

A Novel
Kingsolver, Barbara (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In 1959, Nathan Price, a evangelical Baptist who has taken his wife and four daughters on a mission to the Belgian Congo, finds that their traditions are no longer secure in this very different world, in a powerful story set against the backdrop of the Congo's battle for independence from Belgium. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

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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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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The family of a Baptist missionary begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives transformed over the course of three decades.

Authors: Kingsolver, Barbara
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara Kingsolver
Title: The poisonwood Bible
a novel
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2005, c1999
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial modern classics ed
Characteristics: x, 546, 18 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: "P.S., insights, interviews & more..."--Cover
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Americans Congo (Democratic Republic) Fiction Families Congo (Democratic Republic) Fiction Missionaries Congo (Democratic Republic) Fiction Congo (Democratic Republic) History 1960-1997 Fiction
Topical Term: Americans
Families
Missionaries
LCCN: 98019901
ISBN: 9780060786502
0060786507
Branch Call Number: FIC K
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May 19, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"You can't just sashay into the jungle aiming to change it all over to the Christian style, without expecting the jungle to change you right back."
A sprawling, absorbing and ambitious novel about family, God, Africa, politics and imperialism that manages to handle big themes with wit and subtlety. Should've won the Pulitzer.

Dec 24, 2013
  • JCLLeslieN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This and Grapes of Wrath are my two all time favorites. Shows the hypocrisy of those who think they have all the answers.

Oct 13, 2013
  • bigoz123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

You learn a lot from this book, and the writing is great.

Read this book my senior year of high school. Some parts are slow and a little too detailed some readers, but in the end it is a very powerful and moving book. I love the different points of view from the mother and four girls used to piece together the whole novel. Kingsolver is amazing at making these characters come alive. It's very difficult not to feel exactly as each woman feels.

Started reading this on Friday June 7 2013, was recommended by a friend, made little progress until Sunday June 9, where I read about 200 pages, so I am liking it!.....Monday June 10, to page 300

Jan 21, 2013
  • soblessed59 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

'The Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingsolver. I just could not get into it at all. I found it boring and could not finish it. I also did not like each chapter going back and forth between the 5 characters point of view!

One of the most boring books that I have ever tried to read. The synopsis is much,much,much better than the book is!

Dec 17, 2012
  • sviera rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A treat to read!

Kingsolver is brilliant at creating five distinct voices for this story told by a mother and 4 daughters. I loved about the first 400 pages, but the last 100 seemed an extention for her political agenda.

Jul 25, 2012
  • spacecat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read five Kingsolver books, this one is the most profound so far. I loved this book. Next I will tackle Lacuna.

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