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)
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!
I drive and travel for work so audio books are a huge part of my life.
If this book had gone on for another 20 hours that would have been A-OK with me. I loved everything about this story and the characters. It's a fantastic book and another that I will revisit over and over again.
I would rank it 5 on 1-10 scale
I enjoyed getting to know each character on a personal level.
My favorite character was the mother. She had nerves of steel.
The father because of his self centered delusions.
Long book but great from beginning to end.
Yes, it is a uniquely written story of how differing cultures, religion, and politics are often at odds yet fundamentally similar.
Ada was my favorite character. She sees the world from the sidelines but has a keen understanding of interpersonal relations that is more advanced than her age.
Interesting, eyeopening, beautiful
The background into life in the Congo
No, I really liked it all
very good story, engaging and good performance by the reader
"Deep calls out to deep ...", Psalms 42:7. Many passages from the Bible (including the Apocrypha) are quoted in The Poisonwood Bible to give insight into the characters and their thoughts. I don't remember seeing this one, but it is a passage that provides insight into my own thoughts as I read this awesome novel. I enjoy browsing reviews after finishing a book and I was struck by how polarizing this book was. This work of fiction certainly gives much to offend the reader, where few stones (of the human experience) are left unturned.
Some negative reviewers reacted to what appears to be an anti-American-Christian-culture message. May I suggest a different understanding? The newly landed, missionary family encounters a tree in the Congo that appears to be useful but the inhabitants warn the family away from the Poisonwood tree because it is poisonous to contact. This is a lesson that the all-knowing, father, with his colonialist mindset, learns slowly. I am left understanding the importance of learning the deeper role that factors play in this world; that accepting the surface message as whole can be dangerous. Good book.
everything, the story , the characters, the rich Congo history , the narrator nailed it the whole way thru! I had no idea he was a man. His readings made me enjoy the story even more.
Everything!! again I did not know he was man. He nailed the book for me..totally enjoyed the narrative and story immensely
I never read the print version, but truly enjoyed this audible version. The narrator of the story does a wonderful, wonderful job in portraying each of the daughters' version of what is happening.
I don't want to give away the story, so I will only say the 'running from the Congo' after a significant loss.
I don't know of the narrator's works. (Dean Robertson is a male, and the narrator of my book is female).
When the family finally, after struggling, decides on a whim to actually leave the Congo after the loss of a family member.
This book is not an 'un-Christian' book as I've heard it said. Instead, it is a portrayal of how extreme Christian beliefs affected one family who serve on a mission to an extremely harsh (by US standards) environment.
A reading family. We enjoy a reading from a variety of family friendly, enlightening works. Mom, Dad, elementary and preschool listeners.
Enlightening, Entertaining, Complex
Kisses from Katie or Little Bee, but better than both in style, information and skill of writer.
Scenes abound, but the story told by the daughter Ava was just brilliant. The authors ability to differentiate personality and voice in the storytelling of different characters was very clever. The literary ingenious of this particular character made me want to rewind and re-listen to her story especially
No. I enjoyed swallowing the story in chapter sized bites.
This work was obviously born in the heart of the author to expose a western perspective on Africa that needs improvement. The variety of personalities telling the story helps to see the situation from different points of view which help to understand the whole picture from a broader perspective due to the contrast.
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