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The Poisonwood Bible

A Novel
Kingsolver, Barbara (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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
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
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara Kingsolver
Contents: Genesis
Revelation
Judges
Bel and the serpent
Exodus
Song of the three children
Eyes in the trees
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0060786507
9780060786502
Branch Call Number: FICTION KINGSOLVE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [545]-546)
Subject Headings: Missionaries Congo (Democratic Republic) Fiction Americans Congo (Democratic Republic) Fiction Families Congo (Democratic Republic) Fiction Congo (Democratic Republic) History 1960-1997 Fiction
Topical Term: Missionaries
Americans
Families
LCCN: 98019901
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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. I've yet to meet the person who has read and not completely fallen under the spell of this book.

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.

A masterpiece! The language! The characters! The setting! The story! 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.

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.


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Aug 01, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was so well written and a vivid portrait of colonial/post-colonial Africa. I am giving it 4.5 and not 5 full stars only because the last 1/4 was a bit slower for me and I guess I just wanted to know more about the years in between instead of skipping ahead 5 years, and then 10 years, and so on. But really this was engaging, beautiful, terrible, frustrating (I'm not sure I have loathed a character more than Nathaniel Price-except maybe Holden Caulfield), and such a worthwhile read. I am always interested in learning more about the history of the African continent and this just spurs my interest even more! I may have to add some books on the history of the Congo. I highly recommend this book.

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.

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