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)
My wife and I listened tho this book together while driving cross-country... Laughed, cried, and spent hours discussing the lives of this family. This the first time I have ever listened to an audiobook and then had to go out and buy the hard cover so we could sit and digest favorite passages together. A truly marvelous book by a talented wordsmith.
YES. The book was complex and beautifully written. The author's writing style took my breath away.
The language, morals, themes, ironies!
The oldest daughter.
Yes, the climax did make me cry.
Everyone should read this book. There is so much to learn from it. Every English teacher and literature enthusiast should read it for the depth analysis that is possible with this novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The character development and the depth in the characters.
No, I haven't
When Nelson was so terrified. The description of him crying in the night really moved me.
I had tried to read this book, but just couldn't. Everyone told me it was great, so decided to see if I could listen to it instead. I was hooked. Loved listening to it and couldn't stop until it was done. This is an issue as it is a huge book!!
I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!
This was a lovely, lyric novel. It took me a while to get used to the switching narrators (character narrators, not audible narrators) but once adjusted the strategy was masterful. I loved Adah, felt Kinship with Leah, dismissed Rachel, hated and bled with Orleanna with equal fervor, and loathed Nathan. A stunningly good book.
I have not read the print edition but the narrator was wonderful.
The narrator did an extraordinary job transitioning between characters.
This is a beautiful book. This book brought me back to Congo, to its beauty and its tumultuous violent political history. I may have to buy every Kingsolver book after reading this.
I really enjoyed the story and the perspective of the different members of the family. Unfortunately though the experience was ruined for me due to the narration. She spoke so quickly that it was often hard to tell where one sentenced ended and another began. Sometimes she narrated with no expression e.g. Oh my I have ruined the dinner in complete monotone. I did however enjoy her southern accent.
I would have returned the book had I not had to listen to it for book club.
The Poisonwood Bible is one of those gems in which absolutely wonderful writing (vivid, poetic, distinctive, but not at all taxing) meets great narration - subtle, understated, but full of feeling and understanding of the characters. As I got to know those same characters it became easy to distinguish between protagonists even if I missed a character switch, by both the writing and the narration.The crowing glory of this book is the author's incredible gift of observation, as well as her ability to translate her observations into such fresh and powerful language. And so the human condition is once again revealed to be utterly tragic and utterly comical. She had me, unexpectedly, in stitches many times, laughing so hard that I had to hit the pause button so as not to miss anything. (Perhaps I found certain things particularly funny because, having lived many years in Africa myself, I recognized so many of her insights as profoundly true and absurdly humorous.) She also had me, not unexpectedly, blinking away tears here and there... and she made me long for things, and appreciate things, and she made me angry and engaged.I learned something, too, some things I did not know about the dire political goings on that made such a mess of the Congo. I recommend this book wholeheartedly for all of the above.The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for performance is that I found it a little confusing and annoying that there was never any space between the end of one POV chapter and the beginning of the next. It was very easy to miss the switches. A production flaw, I think.And the reason I gave the story only 4 stars is because Miss Kingsolver overshot the end of the book by quite a bit. The first 3/4 or so of the book are really wonderful, the rest is, IMHO, utterly superfluous and drags on for no particular reason. Not only does that last part contribute nothing much to the story, it loses the magic, the keen insights, the powerful imagery etc that wowed me, and the characters suddenly become flat and grow no further even though they age in leaps and bounds. It's quite odd, really.BUT never mind the end. The bulk of the book is all good things and completely makes up for any flaws. It will be a credit well spent.
I just loved the story and the story line from 4 different points of view.
I did find it difficult to follow who is who especially at the beginning and would have needed 2 narrators and not just one to follow who is telling the story at any point.
Any way this is very recommend.
Very compelling story. Well worth the listen.
I so enjoyed the family dynamics in this story. So complicated and yet so simple.
You know the narration is well performed when you lose track of the voice and only hear the characters.
I was truly upset at both parents when it became clear just how disfunctional they both really were in their very separate and differenct ways.
This book is so well written and so well read! I couldn't put it down!
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