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)
After having read this book a handful of times over the past few years, I was thrilled to be so enthralled with the audio version. Rachel, Adah, Leah and Ruth May come alive in amazing characters that draw you in, until the last line.
I bought the paperback a long time ago but did not get into it. Decided to try it on audible and could not put it down.. Great story.. Would recommend highly.. Last part of the book was alittle political BUT it is a great book.. Now one of my favorites..
This is a very popular book, and the majority of it is very well written. Kingsolver does and amazing job outlining the wildlife and bush around the Congo, and it paints a picture about as near to the real thing as you can get. I would have liked to see further development of some of the characters, the mother and father especially. These two pillars of the story bring a lot of emotional baggage with them, and while the consequences of their actions are very clear, I would have liked to be provided with better picture of their motives. A more developed back story for these two characters would have made me appreciate their impact more.
Overall, the author leaves the reader with a palatable understanding of the complexity and emotional toll that American missionaries, especially those in equatorial Africa, face on a day-to-day basis. Kingsolver describes the cultural, language, and general everyday living differences between American and Congolese people with extraordinary clarity.
Absolutely. It was a great story with a little bit of history and a little bit of perspective from both sides of the Congo mission situation.
The best characters were the daughters. The stories told through them were each different and because they were depicted as children, the stories were unedited in a way, as a lot of children's thoughts are. I would have liked more of a strong perspective from the mother in the story.
The littlest daughter! So cute and honest.
Yes, when there were deaths in the family and when the sisters came back together in the states.
I'm only a few hours into the book and starting to like it - but wanted to post that the narrator reads SO FAST that she doesn't give the listener time to absorb the material!
If you compare her to say, Julie Harris narrating "West With the Night", where Julie acted out the parts and read the narration so poetically - actually there is no comparison. I find myself not only having problems absorbing the material, I'm also trying to figure out which character is which, because she has pretty much the same voice for all of them. No inflection, just hurried reading.
I'm a constant listener and I've bought a lot of books from Audible. I really hope that feedback on narrators makes a difference, because I'm tired of rejecting books only because of the narrator's poor performance.
Retired lady in my 60s. Have the time to read now so I seem to be "devouring " books. Love my Kindle.
One of the better ones for holding my attention and helping me to experience a range of emotions
I think the way the 4 daughters and the mother each had their own story to tell adds their unique personalities.
At first I thought she read a bit too fast, but I loved her pronunciation and subtle changes in voice to identifywhich character was speaking. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed her reading.
Never really thoght about renaming it. The title is interesting and unique.
Loved the book.
I had read the book many times but my husband had not. I think it is a story that needs to be shared. We listened while on vacation as we logged over 1000 miles in the car.
The most depressing book! The author is very gifted in the writing department,no doubt, but such a woeful tale! I am a Christian and felt this was anti-CHristian all the way through. vERY DISSAPOINTED... UGH.
Yes, because you can listen to it anywhere anytime
All of them because they were so different
Yes, but don`t want to spoil the suspense!
I usually don`t read this kind of book but wanted to read it because it was on Oprahs book club. It was exciting and very interesting, i liked that I learned more about Africa. I like the way the author describes most everything in detail so you actually feel you are there in the middle of Africa.
I love a story that can take my breath away like this one did. The details, history and emotion this story encompasses are well presented within the book. I will definitely read another Kingsolver novel.
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