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The Poisonwood Bible

139 Ratings: 3.2
Book by Barbara Kingsolver

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Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Harper Perennial
22 reviews about The Poisonwood Bible
review by . June 23, 2010
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This book is, in a word, captivating. I would go so far as to say that Kingsolver has left us with a work of truly epic proportions and consequence. This is a book to be read closely, studied deeply, and discussed openly.       The Poisonwood Bible takes us to the sticky, untamed jungle of the Congo, where an overzealous Baptist missionary has landed his family in the hopes of spreading Christianity. The novel’s narration alternates between the preacher’s wife …
review by . June 23, 2010
I've read all of Barbara Kingsolver's books except her latest one, The Lacuna, and I am so impressed with her writing. She has such a knack for creating such strong female characters, full of quirks but also incredibly human and easy to relate to.      This book really hit me because I saw in it my grandma and her three sisters. Not that they encountered circumstances such as the Price family does in Africa, but the four females of around the same ages …
review by . July 15, 2010
Poisonwood Bible reminded me why I love to read.
I didn’t really know anything about this book before picking it up, but a close friend recommended it so I picked it up before a long trip through the Middle East. Poisonwood Bible was the perfect travel companion.      The book is about a Southern preacher who drags his family to the Congo to ‘save Africa.’ His family soon finds themselves in the Congo without support and while the people decide to start an uprising against the Belgians who have long oppressed …
review by . June 21, 2010
When I first read this book it was an assignment for an English class. At first I was expecting it to be super boring, but was I in for a surprise. You really get hooked to the characters and it is wonderful to see the events that occur from the different points of view.        The books is about a family that moves to Congo, for ministry. As the book goes along, the reader sees the breakdown of the family and the motives of the minster are uncovered.      …
review by . July 06, 2010
The Poisonwood Bible goes down as one of my sentimental favorites. It is a fairly quick read, as you meet the point of view of each character ... a band of sisters dealing with family, love, grief and life in a small African town as they are missionaries. Kinsolver's flow keeps the reader turning pages, wanting to hear what each point of view will say next about given events. And its a great way to learn about life in another country, yet again giving us reason to be grateful in our own lives. …
review by . June 25, 2010
A friend recommended this to me in high school after she had to read it for an advanced class. I read the summary and thought it could be entertaining and could have some good paradoxes but to be honest I thought it would be just an average book for me to kill some time with. Was I wrong! The religious tones are frightening when being cast down on his family by an overbearing father who cares more about his help in a small tribe in the forest in another country completely foreign to their life. …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
I took this book on a long travel and it was absolutely perfect. It even made me excited for down time so that I could keep reading. I love the different perspectives the book provides as it has five different narrators. A really beautiful story.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Complex and thought provoking. Not a light read but fascinating look at the legacy of colonialism and missionaries in Africa.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Pretty good examination of religious conviction, but the last half should have been cut... or at least published separately.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This book was just okay to me. Everyone seemed to be talking about it and loved it. Again, just okay for me.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Definitely an interesting, well-written book.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
A very good read! Humorous in spots, made me laugh out loud and at other times touching.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
wow - did not think I would like ti but I DID good easy read
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
fantastic
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Anything Barbara Kingsolver does is way above average, and this book is no exception.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I couldn't put this book down. After reading it I had to go find more of Kingsolver to read.
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
An all-time favorite. My mother and I bonded over this book!
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Captivating, beautifully written, rich. I loved this book!
review by . December 14, 2008
A friend of my recommended this book to me and told me she had read it at least 5 times. Well with that kind of recommendation how could I say no? After my first read I understood why she was so enthused over the book. It has a slow start, but that's only due to the fact that the author sets the stage for the rest of the book by providing detailed background.    The story follows 4 sisters, their mother and Southern minister father's move to the Congo in the late 50's and early …
review by . January 16, 2002
Kingsolver's most powerful and memorable book to date, THE POISONWOOD BIBLE is multi-faceted: intricate layers become a pattern of endurance and survival in a harsh and demanding land. The missionary family of parents and four daughters undertake to bring their Christian message to the Congo. A land that demands respect, Africa is nothing they could ever have imagined. The father becomes ever more rigid in his beliefs, while the mother and daughters attempt to adjust to this environment and learn …
review by . November 29, 2000
I must confess up front that this is a difficult novel to get into - I found the style of the 5 different narrators off putting. But I perservered because the subject matter interested me, and I was amply rewarded. It is a novel which makes you count your every day blessings, and it is a novel which will make you look at things you take for granted in an entirely new light.As the novel progresses you do come to identify with the characters and their trials and tribulations. Some of the issues it …
review by . September 16, 2000
The Poisonwood Bible is one of Oprah's better selections this year. It is the story of the Prices a white family running a church mission in the Congo during the early years of Congo's independence from Belgium. They experience poverty starvation, violence, and religious strife between black and white people. There are 4 sisters at the beginning of the who learn to assimilate to the culture and language in the Congo. Their mother is the victim of an abusive husband who doesn't care about his family. …
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