The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jul 5, 2005 - Fiction - 576 pages
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The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden seeds to Scripture -- is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
 

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Extraordinary writing, poetic and funny and tragic. - LibraryThing
An Oprah selection: liberal woman's rantings. - LibraryThing
Good insight into Africa. - LibraryThing
However, the last 150 pages or so were hard to read. - LibraryThing
Kingsolver's prose is lovely and down to earth. - LibraryThing
He never asked questions or listened to advice. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Sall - Goodreads

I found this book hard to get into at the start and sometimes wondered whether I was reading it accurately as I think I misunderstood parts. Once I started making extra effort to read it at least once ... Read full review

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User Review  - Betty - Goodreads

This was one of the best books I've ever read, but not an easy read. Take your time to learn the voices of the characters and the story comes alive. Historical fiction that puts colonization in prospective. Read full review

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Contents

BookTm The Revelation
83
Book Three The JUDGES
187
Children
507
Bibliography
545
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Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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