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)
I ordered this book on impulse without knowing much about it. I was shocked that I had not heard of this book before. My uncle was in the African Congo as a minister about the same time. When I brought the book up at a family dinner I was the only one that hadn't read it years ago. I will read it a gain. My daughter is planning go into ministry in Africa soon. This book gives some personal context to the history we have been studying.
I followed the judgment of the reviewers on this one. I would not have purchased Poinsonwood from the description alone, since the topics of Africa and missionaries normally are not on my hit parade. I found this book engaging from the first chapter. And, took advantage of even small time openings in my day to listen to just a little more.
The story is told from the view of several different family members. it really works well. In the beginning I was angry that a mother would put her children in the dangerous spot they found themselves. But my the end, I understood why she, herself, was trapped, with few choices. And, I wanted to cheer when, after much heartbreak and death, she did do the right thing.
Also, something unexpected happened for me with this book, This author made me feel like I was right there. I learned a great deal about Africa and the Congo, and enjoyed every minutes of the trip.
No. The story itself was interesting, but so long that I was bored. I had to make myself finish it.
The book seems to be broken up by who is speaking, but it took me a long time to figure that out. The speaker does not change voices for each character, and they don't have much of a pause between characters, so if you aren't listening really carefully, you are just confused as to why the story has changed.
I read this book about 15 years ago and was moved by it. The story really held my attention and it's so creative to write each chapter from the viewpoint of one of the characters. I decided to listen to it this time around and I am even more captivated by this book. It was a life changer for me. I love reading about history and even though this story is fictional it is set in the historical background of Africa. This is a fascinating read that opened my eyes to the ways of another culture. This is one of my all time favorite books.
Barbara Kingsolver is an excellent writer. Sometimes a little slow to get into, but always worth the effort. A good story, thoughtful, and very well written.
I don't know
the suspense of not knowing f she's going to live or die
it was fast and exciting listening
This was a really excellent audiobook - one of the best I have heard. The story is told through the perspective of each of the female characters and gives you the chance to observe their world from their very different vantage points. The narrator does an incredible job switching between characters and giving the story even more colour and depth, and the rich history of the region comes to life as we travel through the Congo.
All The character are captivating and beautifully rendered.
No, This is the first audio book I have listened to by her. But, I would definitely listen to more by her if given the choice.
combination of a well-told story of the protagonist family coupled with a unique look at the politics of 1960s Congo. Also thought provoking in its perspective on cultural and theological differences between American and African societies.
I read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver and really liked it. She narrated it herself. Unfortunately, this narrator is just reading the book and not performing the book. And, it sounds like she is in a hurry to finish it. It's almost like I am attending a story time at the library and the reader needs to get through it before the time ends.
I like the story though. I just wish Barbara had read it herself.
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