The Poisonwood Bible
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The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
Literature
Jul 28, 2018
Barbara Kingsolver’s novels seem to expand our sense of life and our capacity to tackle it. Although The Poisonwood Bible is in some ways just as intimate as Kingsolver’s earlier books in its depiction of a family’s life, its scope and setting are anything but domestic. At the start of this story, the family in question belongs to Nathan Price, an American fundamentalist missionary who has brought his wife and four daughters into the Congo to convert the Africans to his brand of evangelical Christianity. Yet as the narrative unfolds from 1959 through the 1980s—it is told alternately in the voices of the five Price women—the family slips from Nathan’s grasp, each of its members declaring her independence from his patriarchal and increasingly fanatical rule. The author’s huge ambition is matched by her fidelity to the tenor of each major character’s soul, giving her novel an extraordinary, compelling power.
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Dec 6, 2018
Gripping narrative around colonialism and evangelism in Africa laced with some humor in a rather dark portrait of the damage foisting the Bible on other cultures produces both on the missionaries and the native population.
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I love the structure of this book--that each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the sisters. I also love the way it shows cultural imperialism.
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This book is a gripping tale of what happens when we approach the world with a blind and stubborn faith
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The greatest book I've ever read in my estimation. A joy to breathe in every time that I do.
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