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The Poisonwood Bible

A Novel
Kingsolver, Barbara (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Poisonwood Bible

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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
Bel and the serpent
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
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Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This 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!

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Jul 22, 2012
  • kwsmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nathan Price is an energetic and devout baptist preacher who drags his wife and four young daughters to a remote village in the Congo. In that dark jungle, Kingsolver carefully crafts an intriguing and moving tale about a broken family struggling to adapt from America into Africa. Dripping with metaphor and gorgeous poetic language, this artful novel portrays the five women as unique and realistic characters. Unfortunately, in the end, Kingsolver abandons a beautifully constructed narrative and turns too far into political finger-pointing. I found it ironic that the author becomes the preacher.

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