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The Poisonwood Bible 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 The Poisonwood Bible is the story of one family s tragi

  • Title: The Poisonwood Bible
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver
  • ISBN: 9780571201754
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Poisonwood Bible By Barbara Kingsolver, 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, The Poisonwood Bible is the story of one family s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon findTold 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, The Poisonwood Bible is the story of one family s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa 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.

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    1. On one hand, there is nothing new here, and on this same old tirade, I disagree strongly with the author Examples Relativism I m sorry, I believe infanticide to be wrong for all cultures, for all times Missionaries, particularly protestant missionaries to Africa were entirely the endeavor of egotistic, abusive, colonialists who were merely out to change Africa into either a western society or an exploitative factory for western society Wrong again, read Tom Hiney s On the Missionary Trail for a [...]

    2. I read this over a two day span in college when I was home for winter break We had a power outage so I found the sunniest room in the house and read all day Although I prefer Kingsolver s works about the American southwest, this remains one of the most fascinating books I have ever read.

    3. Image The Trees Have Eyes by Angela Wright The forest eats itself and lives forever There is magic in these pages Not the supernatural kind Not the magical realism kind But magic of language and of the TARDIS kind by some strange sorcery, many huge themes are thoroughly but lightly explored in single volume that is beautiful, harrowing, exciting, tender, occasionally humorous, and very approachable We messengers of goodwill adrift in a sea of mistaken intentions Freedom and Forgiveness I was lod [...]

    4. There s plenty of reviewers who felt differently, but I found The Poisonwood Bible to be a very strong and very different piece of historical fiction It s a slower story than I normally like, something you might want to consider before deciding whether to try this 600 page exploration of colonialism, postcolonialism and postcolonial attitudes, but I very much enjoyed this incredibly detailed portrait of a family and a society set in the Belgian Congo of 1959 And I, unlike some other readers, did [...]

    5. I had a hard time choosing between 2 and 3 stars really, it should be 2.5 I thought the prose was quite lovely Kingsolver has a nice voice I enjoyed reading about a part of the world of which I have no experience The description of the clash of cultures was well done However The author had an agenda and she really didn t mind continually slapping us in the face with it Now, I don t pretend the US hasn t made mistakes and won t continue on making mistakes But to equate one group of people with on [...]

    6. 5 epic, no wonder this book is so well loved stars, to The Poisonwood Bible Review of the audio The Price family, including minister father, Nathan, mother, Orleanna, and four daughters, traveled to the Belgian Congo in the late 1950s to serve a Baptist mission The mom and daughters are the narrators, and I enjoyed the audio narrator s voices for each of the characters even her southern accent wasn t too off the mark I do have to warn for audio fans, there were so many characters and voices, mak [...]

    7. My official review Tata Jesus is B ngala I finished the last 300 pages in 2 days which is very fast for me English books I felt every emotion under the sky with this book I hated Nathan Price, I hated injustice, I hated my uselessness, I hated the fact that there are no good prospects for Africa in the future As a Geographic major I strongly believe that the closer you are to the Equator, the longer it will remain a 3rd world country Of course the country itself is full of resources in non foods [...]

    8. People love this book, and I think I understand why It s got a collection of strong characters, each chapter is written from a different character s point of view, and it s set in Africa, which is exciting But there are a few reasons I don t think it s great literature The main things I expect from a good novel are a that the writer doesn t manipulate her characters for her agenda, b that the characters actions are consistent to the world the writer has created for them, c good, tight prose, and [...]

    9. Reviewing in the face of the great billows of love projected towards this novel is a hapless task, your hat blows off and your eyes get all teary and if you say one wrong thing small children run out of nowhere and stone you or just bite your calves So I shall this one time sheathe my acid quill But I can t resist just a couple of little points though 1 you have to suspend great balefuls of disbelief These kids, they re awfully highfalutin with their fancy flora and fauna and fitful forensic phi [...]

    10. RivetingWe read this aloud at home and I found it to be beautifully and movingly written, by turns charming and horrifying Her articulation of the most subtle nuances of experience, the profoundly different narrative voices she assumes like an experienced character actress, and the way she fluently plays with language, show Kingsolver s love and mastery of her craft.Having been brought up by ultra religious Christian parents myself, I found the children s and wife s experience strongly resonant [...]

    11. In late 1950s Congo, an American missionary arrives with his family intent on bringing enlightenment to the savages The experiences of the family are told by the preacher s wife, Orleanna, and their four daughters, the vain Rachel, twins Leah, who is devoted to her father, and Adah, damaged at birth but aware than anyone realizes, and the baby, Ruth Ann The events take place during a period when Congo was eager to cast off its colonial chains and we see some details of events of the time.Barbar [...]

    12. What is amazing about The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is the author s voice Kingsolver casts a spell with the language she uses to describe three decades in the collective lives of the Price family, beginning with their time as missionaries in the Belgian Congo The structure is also a strength The story is narrated by the mother and daughters of the Price family, each illustrating her perspective of the family chronicle as they experience what would become and what really began as an [...]

    13. Religious devotion many times leads to fanaticism which kills the family unit This happens everyday here is a chronicle of this This diluted superscary in a different way version of The Shining is complex, emotional It is written similarly to The Joy Luck Club , in different vignettes all of which are articulated in a distinguished, feminine P.O.V.The location is the Congo before and after independence the plot is about a preacher who treks to the jungle with his family We end up caring so much [...]

    14. My introduction to the fiction of Barbara Kingsolver is The Poisonwood Bible, her 1998 novel that seems to be a staple of book clubs the world over, from Oprah s to the Dive Bar Book Club I ve joined and which picked this as their August read This book was an assignment and took me out of the rhythm I was in reading westerns, so that might have something to do with my crankiness and general disappointment of it in summary Kingsolver immersed me in extraordinary description, materializing the dis [...]

    15. RACHELI am the oldest sister and a typical teenage girl, oh jeez oh man All I want is to go back to Georgia and kiss boys outside the soda bar, but instead here I am stuck in the Congo with unconditioned hair and ants and caterpillars and scary but with a heart of gold black people Jeez Louise, the life of a missionary s daughter Also I make a whole lot of hilarious Malabarisms, that s just one of the tenants of my faith There s two of them now Man oh man.LEAHThe other day, Anatole rushed into o [...]

    16. I read The Poisonwood Bible for two reasons Because I ve always wanted to read a Barbara Kingsolver book and I am intrigued by secular takes on Christianity in modern day writings.I just finished it today It is the story of a missionary family s trek to the Congo, told through the eyes of the four daughters and their mother The father is a misguided preacher who is trying to escape past demons by force feeding Christ to a culture that he has neither researched nor desires to understand the name [...]

    17. This book literally put me into rage In fact, I had to put it aside and read something a tad lighter compared to The Poisonwood Bible even depressing The Lonely Polygamist is a lighter read to be able to fall asleep Reading about social injustices can do this to me sometimes.The Poisonwood Bible is a story of a Baptist preacher Nathan Price who chooses to become a missionary in the Belgian Congo of 1959 Along with his unwavering beliefs and desire to bring salvation and enlightenment to savage n [...]

    18. This book really made me think about why we adopt certain beliefs what comes from the environment we are immersed in vs what comes from within I loved how Kingsolver shows the world view of an entire family who is experiencing the same basic situations in the Congo, but each member deals with these things very differently It also brings up issues with culture differences and the obstacles in trying to persuade a culture to change It poses the question of should they change, is the American cultu [...]

    19. My local book club is discussing this book tomorrow morning I read this before I joined This story was gripping I still remember my gut was hurting at times This novel left a lasting YEARS LASTING impression Highly recommend it

    20. 3 stars.This book had moments of perfection in its poetic prose 5 star quality to sections of the most horrible chick lit 1.5 star quality.The narrative of the Congo was fascinating both historically and anthropologically At times I felt connected to the collective unconscious view spoiler The hunt scene as well as the death of Ruth May come to mind as examples of this hide spoiler The individual voices of the Price girls and even less so the Price women when they grew up did not ring true and I [...]

    21. Onvan The Poisonwood Bible Nevisande Barbara Kingsolver ISBN 60786507 ISBN13 9780060786502 Dar 546 Safhe Saal e Chap 1998

    22. The Poisonwood Bible is about a Southern Baptist family that decides to go be missionaries in the Congo in 1960, just before the country was supposedly granted its independence from Belgium The Prices didn t bother with language or culture training, they just took off to spread the word about Jesus Of course they weren t prepared for what they found, so of course they got in a lot of trouble.I can t exactly put my finger on what I didn t like I just know that it felt like it dragged on and on an [...]

    23. This one took me a long time to read, not just because it has a lot of pages but also because I had to read every single word carefully and re read the best bits too It is so beautifully written and so very evocative of the atmosphere of Africa It is told in the five different voices of the female members of the family and I have to admit to liking Adah s chapters the most She has a wonderful way of looking at things and I especially liked the way she referred to her bible thumping father as Our [...]

    24. This was my introduction to Barbara Kingsolver, and what an intro it was Though I ll not re read the book, I thought it was an absolute masterpiece, the best book I d read in years Told in different voices, of various members of a missionary family in the Congo, it tells of the fanaticism of the Baptist missionary father, and the trials, tribulations, and reachings for life affirmation of his daughters I know that s a pretty awkward sentence what can I say like snk I m past one beer here It also [...]

    25. wonderfully written and surprisingly engaging masterpiece, illustrating the fluidity of perspective, the strength of women, and the damage that greed and possessiveness can inflict very strong and individualistic characterizations for each of the narrative voices understanding of a certain place and time in the Congo comes slowly but steadily to the reader and never feels forced although kingsolver s liberal tendencies are clear, to me at least they do not unbalance the novel except perhaps in t [...]

    26. The ratings and reviews for this book are mixed, and I can understand that because I am balancing some love hate feelings myself But it s compelling in it s unique way, and it s certainly tragic.The story is about a fanatical Baptist preacher from Georgia who takes his wife and 4 daughters on a Christian mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959 If that s not the perfect recipe for disaster then I haven t seen one.The history of this part of Africa, especially the political history, is so convoluted [...]

    27. This book has done nothing to change my opinion that all missionaries belong in large black kettles, boiling slowly over an open flame, while the natives they had hoped to convert stand hungrily by, waiting for a hearty meal Though technically a minor character in the book, patriarch Nathan Price looms large over his small tribe of women With no regard for the well being of his family, he drags his wife and four daughters to deepest Africa, because, of course, he is on a mission from God Price e [...]

    28. This novel is breathtakingly beautiful It s a pity that I see copies of this book in Booksale being sold for P20 less than 2 US cents and people are not buying I have two copies One is a mass paperback that I bought almost a couple of years back for P90 US 2 but I decided to postpone reading it when I realized that this book is an Oprah book Then when my good friend here in marked this as currently reading in early December last month , I thought that we could be reading buddies It so happened t [...]

    29. Totally hypnotic I lost days in this novel Once started, I found it impossible to interrupt my reading with silly things like daily life Kingsolver drew a picture of the Congo which filled me with awe I have read this mesmerising novel many times include it in my best of the best shelf and will no doubt read it again in the future Kingsolver is a literary genius 5

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