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"The Poisonwood Bible" tells the story of an American family in the Congo during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval. The story is ...Show synopsis"The Poisonwood Bible" tells the story of an American family in the Congo during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval. The story is 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 all 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. This tale of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction, over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa, is set against one of history's most dramatic political parables. "The Poisonwood Bible" dances between the darkly comic human failings and inspiring poetic justices of our times. In a compelling exploration of religion, conscience, imperialist arrogance, and the many paths to redemption, Barbara Kingsolver has written a novel of overwhelming power and passion.Hide synopsis
The Poisonwood Bible (Harper Perennial) – Trade paperback (2008)
Trade paperback, Harper Perennial 2008
ISBN: 0061577073 ISBN-13: 9780061577079
Kingsolver's national bestseller paints an intimate portrait of a crisis-ridden family amid the larger backdrop of an African nation in chaos. Readers are invited to examine how the tragedy of the Price family mirrors the political unrest in the Congo and how the novel views religion and marriage.Kingsolver's national bestseller paints an intimate portrait of a crisis-ridden family amid the larger backdrop of an African nation in chaos. Readers are invited to examine how the tragedy of the Price family mirrors the political unrest in the Congo and how the novel views religion and marriage.Hide
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This is a huge tale woven together using the Congo as a backdrop. The Congo is a place of many stories and this is the story of one families journey through Africa. There is mystery, tragedy, loss, love and the finding of oneself. It is a coming of age story. it's about four young women and their ...
I read this book years ago and still remember it as one of the best books I have ever read. I will likely read it again--which is rare for me-- but I remember the beauty of its prose and the power of the story and know that this is one book well worth reading and re-reading to capture its richness ...
I did not know some of the political happenings in the Congo at the time this book was set in. But I love Barbara Kingsolver's way of writing and it was a satisfying story. It gave a personal touch to an African way of life that I would have no knowledge of if I had not read it.
In the 1960's Nathan Price, a Baptist minister, drags his family from Georgia to the Congo with the intent of converting the native "heathens" to Christianity. Arriving in the steaming jungle, they find themselves woefully unprepared to live there. Nathan's insistence on bringing the Congolese to Jesus ...
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