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)
This book was one of the most marvelous and moving that I have read in some time. The deep consideration of the various "voices" of the narrators, the rich and complex history expressed so movingly within the story, the crafting of the storyline itself, the amazing number of passages that I marked, to go back to and understand more deeply, the basic human truth and emotional resonance that I have not encountered in a long time, all make this story worth five stars and more. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I finished this book a few weeks ago and I can't get it out of my head. I actually WANT to hear it again - soon Excellent from start to finish
I am so glad this book was not read by the author. I have read some of her other books and loved them, as I did this one. However I have had to return books read by her.
If it had been shorter and easier to follow . Not only goes back and forth in time , but also jumps from one character to the next one without proper explanation
Something more interesting and entertaining
Maybe.. The historical part
Told from the perspective of multiple characters - too many with too complicated names to keep straight on an audiobook.
I listen while driving or doing chores and without a piece of paper to reference, I couldn't keep anything straight despite multiple attempts.
If the narrator was able to give each character a unique voice, it might have been possible.
As it was, I ended up returning it.
The plot seemed good and the narrative well written.
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.
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