This tale of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction, over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa, is set against 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 brought forth her most ambitious work ever.
©2004 Barbara Kingsolver; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"Haunting..A novel of character, a narrative shaped by keen-eyed women." (New York Times Book Review)
"The book's sheer enjoyability is given depth by Kingsolver's insight and compassion for Congo, including its people, and their language and sayings." (Boston Globe)
"Beautifully written....Kingsolver's tale of domestic tragedy is more than just a well-told yarn.. Played out against the bloody backdrop of political struggles in Congo that continue to this day, it is also particularly timely." (People)
Highly recommend to anyone who has an interest in non-American cultures. A must read. I enjoyed the audio performance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it is different from what I normally read. It raises complex, theoretical and real-world questions of politics, colonialism, racism, culture and religion through the perspectives of a southern, early 1960s housewife and her three daughters. Each chapter is told from the perspective of each woman as she attempts to cope with moving from the deep south in the United States to Kilanga in the Belgian Congo with their missionary husband/father. Each integrates with the Congo land and people in their own ways, while each dealing with the heavy-handed presence of their father/husband. The book is beautifully narrated and is one of the few that causes you to contemplate the underlying characters and environment, even when you're not reading. The events in the book and the ending will leave you both joyful and mourning - it is not a book to be missed.
Honestly, I thought the narrator did a great job. I especially enjoyed her narration of Rachel. There were times in the beginning where I wasn't sure which girl was talking but after a few hours into the book I got the subtle differences in how they were voiced.
Ruth May and the snake, the driver ants and Rachel's engagement.
I thought her accent really reminded one of how far Georgia really is from the Congo in a way reading it wouldn't capture.
I thought it was a powerful book. Especially the relationship between Ada and her mother and the choice her mother made at one point in the book.
Definitely a worthwhile read. I didn't think I would like it but I ended up really enjoying it.
Here we have a man who takes his children to a country he knows nothing about with the intent on ‘teaching the dumb savages’ how to live a better way which fails miserably! I’ve been in this trap in my life where I thought the same thing, but it was people of my own country. I learned hard the first few times and after that I got wise real quick to listen to the ‘dumb savages’ which saved me. I’ve learned more listening than deciding I know what’s best. Here this guy never learns even after the death of his own child right before his eyes! He can’t feed them, protect them or even get them out!
It’s a great story told by each of the 5 girls and gives a fresh perspective on with each one’s point of view being different from the others. How did they get out? Read and find out if the guy who brought them there ever learned his lessons.
took me a while to get into, but once I did I really enjoyed it I like how Kingsolver writes from inside her characters
did not read the print version
When the girls had to leave there home in the Congo.
All female characters were outstanding as well as father.
The mother because of her quiet tolerance.
You may agree or disagree with their live decisions but this book offers so much insight and narration is outstanding.
Yes. I will listen again - I really enjoyed this book - the characters were vivid and believable and the cultural setting done very well. The story was unique and told so well that you'd believe it was a recounting of real life
there were many
No, but I would listen to others
none made my favourite, I felt them all
NO, VERY DRY boring narrator. No change of tone for different characters. She "reads" very well.
Sure @ RED box
The narration was very good but the information - the story - the historical context was little short of astonishing.
Adah, the "damaged" twin, although every character offered insights or a viewpoint that elucidated the whole.
She managed to convey multiple characters with attitude rather than vocal tricks. Also, with a very dramatic story, she never overdid it, which of course makes the drama all the more potent.
amazingly, yes. After the first third or so, I couldn't get free of the images, I had to know what would happen next.
I'm a reasonably well-read, critical, politically-aware adult raised in the '60s, and while I knew enough to suspect our country's conduct in central and west Africa was undoubtedly more expedient than just, the circumstances of this story, the historical context, were a revelation to me. Not entirely surprising, just appalling.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, phenomenal story and wonderful humor even through the difficult times. I laughed and I cried, but mostly enjoyed. I loved the fact that the narrator read the story rather than tried to act out the different voices. Because of the way it was written you knew who was talking. I found it refreshing and believe my listening enjoyment was enhanced by having Dean Robertson read to me!
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