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  • Hardcover
  • 546
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • English
  • 17 September 2018
  • 9780060786502

10 thoughts on “The Poisonwood Bible

  1. says:

    On one hand there is nothing new here and on this same old tirade I disagree strongly with the author Examples Relativism I'm sorry I believe infanticide to be wrong for all cultures for all times Missionaries particularly protestant missionaries to Africa were entirely the endeavor of egotistic abusive colonialists who we

  2. says:

    There's plenty of Goodreads reviewers who felt differently but I found The Poisonwood Bible to be a very strong and very different p

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    In late 1950s Congo an American missionary arrives with his family intent on bringing enlightenment to the savages The experiences of the family are told by the preacher’s wife Orleanna and their four daughters the vain Rachel twins Leah who is devoted to her father and Adah damaged at birth but aware than anyone realiz

  4. says:

    I read this over a two day span in college when I was home for winter break We had a power outage so I found the sunniest room in the house and read all day Although I prefer Kingsolver's works about the American southwest this remains one of the most fascinating books I have ever read

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    “ The forest eats itself and lives forever” Image “The Trees Have Eyes” by Angela WrightThere is magic in these pages Not the supernatural kind Not the magical realism kind But magic of language and of the TARDIS kind by some strange sorcery many huge themes are thoroughly but lightly explored in single volume that is beautiful harrowing exciting tender occasionally humorous and very approachable“ We messeng

  6. says:

    I had a hard time choosing between 2 and 3 stars really it should be 25 I thought the prose was uite lovely; Kingsolver has a nice

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    5 epic no wonder this book is so well loved stars to The Poisonwood Bible ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Review of the audio 🎧 The Price family including minister father Nathan mother Orleanna and four daughters traveled to the Belgian Congo in the late 1950s to serve a Baptist mission The mom and daughters are the narrators and I enjoyed the audio narrator’s voices for each of the characters even her southern accent was

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    Reviewing in the face of the great billows of love projected towards this novel is a hapless task your hat blows off and your eyes get all teary and if you say one wrong thing small children run out of nowhere and stone you

  9. says:

    RACHELI am the oldest sister and a typical teenage girl oh jeez oh man All I want is to go back to Georgia and kiss boys outside the

  10. says:

    People love this book and I think I understand why It's got a collection of strong characters each chapter is written from a different character's point of view and it's set in Africa which is exciting But there are a few reasons I don't think it's great literature The main things I expect from a good novel are a that the writer doe

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The Poisonwood Bible

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. The forest eats itself and lives forever Image The Trees Have Eyes by Angela WrightThere is magic in these pages Not the supernatural kind Not the magical realism kind But magic of language and of the TARDIS kind by some strange sorcery many huge themes are thoroughly but lightly explored in single volume that is beautiful harrowing exciting tender occasionally humorous and very approachable We messengers of goodwill adrift in a sea of mistaken intentions Freedom and Forgiveness I was lodged in the heart of darkness I cowered beside my cage and though my soul hankered after the mountain I found I had no wings This is multi layered multi faceted and multi narrated But the many themes all concern the craving for freedom Freedom of individuals and of nations from exploitation superstition poverty hunger disease bad relationships and colonial oppressors When freedom is offered there is the difficulty of recognising it and having the courage to accept it In the final third the stories flow in separate channels yet the theme narrows to the idea that freedom reuires letting go Specifically we must forgive others and ourselves before we can be truly free Genesis The Revelation The Judges Bel and the Serpent Exodus Song of the Three Children and The Eyes in the Trees The seven sections are titled after pertinent books of the Bible or Apocrypha In 1959 a Baptist minister takes his wife and four daughters Rachel twins Leah and Adah and little Ruth May from suburban Georgia USA on a one year mission to a remote village in the Congo shortly before independence The first two thirds concern their departure arrival and year in Kilanga The remainder follows their diverging lives up to 1986 and beyond The final section is a slightly superfluous race through a couple of decades The narration switches between Orleanna the now elderly wifemother looking back and the four daughters nearer the now of that stage of the story All are independent minded and intelligent each with a distinctive voice which develops plausibly with the story except for the one Kingsolver probably least identifies with who becomes something of a caricature in middle age Each illustrates a different Western approach to Africa meidcal fix submissionimmersion political reform colonial paternalism They could easily just be stereotypes vicar s wife the sweet sixteen caring about cosmetics and fashion the nature loving religious tomboy the silent thoughtful limping observer the gregarious child but Kingsolver makes each uniuely believable and engaging especially mute Adah whose words are those of a sensuous awe struck and non judgemental poetNathan whose damaged psyche guilt and inflexible beliefs are the trigger for everything is only ever known through the words of the women he despises Unfair or karma Giving him a single chapter would seem tokenistic and eual billing would unbalance the whole book I think the way Kingsolver has written it rectifies the imbalance of his long term power over the women in the story For Better or Worse The hardest work of every day was deciding once again to stay with my family They never even knew Orleanna is married to a man who does not and probably never could love her She is pained that The thing you love than this world grew from a devil s seed but loves her very different children regardless She wrestles with whether and how to leave Nathan considering the conseuences for the girls With hindsight she wonders what she was guilty of complicity loyalty stupefaction But she was a victim too That abusive marriage is beautifully contrasted with a tender devoted couple They struggle for mere survival and are often forced apart sometimes for long periods but their love and commitment never waver As with freedom and forgiveness the difficulty is not merely finding love but recognising it and then daring to grasp it and cling to itThemesI expect different themes dominate depending on the individual circumstances of each reader I could write a whole review focusing on any one of these The circle of life eating and being eaten survival Alive nobody matters much in the long run But dead some men matter than others The butterfly effect The sting of a fly can launch the end of the world And Every life is different because you passed this way Nature nurture how landscape shapes peoples despite their attempts to shape it Sin original sin snakes sins of the Father and conseuences for individuals but also in terms of colonialism reparations freedom Guilt judgement and privilege especially survivor guilt and white privilege Everyone here is burdened with guilt mostly of an unnecessary kind or degree God doesn t need to punish us He just grants us enough life to punish ourselves The Bible faith and loss of religion life insurance or life sentence life jacket or straitjacket Truth versus intention of the Bible and God Language mistranslation misunderstanding wordplay especially Malapropisms circus mission for circumcision and palindromes and literalism or not in interpreting the Bible Polysemy and poisonwood Mbote means hello and goodbye both Dundu is a kind of antelope a particular plant a hill or the price you have to pay The words of baptism and to terrify sound almost the same And most disastrously for Nathan bangala means most precious Jesus most insufferable and poisonwood Racism both ways Opposites balance reversal palindromes mirrors yingyang pairs twins Freedom liberty independence and their cost Education its importance and especially the need to understand rather than merely know Our hardest task is teaching people to count on a future Clash of cultures Africa swallowed the conueror s music and sang a new song of her own The need to adapt and the disastrous conseuences of not doing so It s like he s trying to put rubber tires on a horse but there are no horses in the Congo The point I was trying to make was so true there was not even a good way to say it The role of women in their own right but also as wives and mothers Consumerism agriculture colonialism war politics the environment Listening watching eavesdropping The Eyes in the Trees by God animals and fellow humans alive and dead One of Rachel s better Malapropisms is false eye dolls Disability and identity Disability may not be entirely one s fault but one should have the good manners to act ashamed in the face of the arrogance of the able bodied Yet being cured might not be a blessing Change adaptation and finding one s true self the character development is really well done To live is to be marked To live is to change To acuire the words of a story Love loyalty sacrifice hope Symbolism prophesy foreboding Biblical of course but others too such as the hope chests the girls prepare for future marriage one sees no need one applies black borders one does it carefully and another doesn t do it at all Also colonialism of Africa having parallels with individual peopleSensual and Synaesthetic uotes She can feel the touch of his long curled tongue on the water s skin as if he were lapping from her hand Rainy season light in my eyes and Congo grit in my teeth Emily Dickinson No snikcidy lime a contrary name with a sourgreen taste She liked herself best in darkness as do I Bright fabrics worn together in jangling mixtures that ring in my ears Rattling words on the page calling my eyes to dance with them Once every few years even now I catch the scent of Africa While my husband s intentions crystallized as rock salt the Congo breathed behind the curtain of the forest preparing to roll over us like a river All those smells were so loud in my ears The silk texture of that cool air the smell of Congolese earth curling its toes under a thatch of dead grass Other uotes Consecrate myself in the public library Here bodily damage is or less considered to be a by product of living not a disgrace I enjoy a benign approval that I have never ever known in Bethlehem Georgia Sending a girl to college is like pouring water on your shoes Whatever happens Father acts like it s a movie he s already seen and we re just dumb for not knowing how it comes out To save my sanity I learned to pad around hardship in soft slippers and try to remark on its good points The buzzards rise from the leafless billboard tree and flap away like the sound of old black satin dresses beating together I am the smooth elegant black cat who slips from the house as a liuid shadow With my own narrow shadow for a boat I navigate the streams of moonlight that run between shadow islands The radio a live mass of wires oozing from his trunk a seething congregation of snakes Yellow leaves littering the ground like a carpet rolled out for the approaching footsteps of the end of time The sun hung low on the river seemingly reluctant to enter this strange day Then it rose redly into the purpled sky resembling a black eye Chasing flames that passed hungrily over the startled grass As long as I kept moving my grief streamed out behind me like a swimmer s long hair in water I knew the weight was there but it didn t touch me Even in solitude there are exploding moments of unexpected companionship and joy such as A kiss of flesh coloured sunrise while I hung out the washing a sigh of indigo birds exhaled from the grass By X I was shattered and assembled by way of X I am delivered not out of my life but through it Love changes everything Inadvertently echoing Nathan s belief that God delivers us not from suffering but through it I recite the Periodic Table like a prayer I take my exams as Holy Communion and the passing of the first semester was a sacrament Carry us marry us ferry us bury us those are our four ways to exodus for now For a very different take on the missionary experience see Michel Faber s interplantary The Book of Strange New Things reviewed HEREImage source The Trees Have Eyes by Angela Wright

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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 Afri. Reviewing in the face of the great billows of love projected towards this novel is a hapless task your hat blows off and your eyes get all teary and if you say one wrong thing small children run out of nowhere and stone you or just bite your calves So I shall this one time sheathe my acid uill But I can t resist just a couple of little points though 1 you have to suspend great balefuls of disbelief These kids they re awfully highfalutin with their fancy flora and fauna and fitful forensic philosophising And the mother is worse you can see where they get it from2 I don t care for the historical novelfilm cliche where a character rushes in and clues us up to the bigger picture Have you heard Sophie War has broken out between the Austro Hungarian Empire and the Turks the English fleet has just been sunk the king has fled and we have a new Pope Why Sir Marmalade Gin Rummy you don t say so and how is the ueen The ueen has syphilis and now barks like a very dog etc etc 3 For 350 pages the writing is lovely and the recreation of one tiny corner of the Congo convinced me Ah if it was only all like that then we could remain friends and there would be no tears before bedtime4 After that it goes really wrong I mean seriously 5 But 350 pages can t be denied It s than you get from most books

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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. There s plenty of Goodreads reviewers who felt differently but I found The Poisonwood Bible to be a very strong and very different piece of historical fiction It s a slower story than I normally like something you might want to consider before deciding whether to try this 600 page exploration of colonialism postcolonialism and postcolonial attitudes but I very much enjoyed this incredibly detailed portrait of a family and a society set in the Belgian Congo of 1959 And I unlike some other readers didn t see evidence of a narrow minded agenda in Kingsolver s tale I didn t really see this as a book about lessons or morals I saw it as a close look at the reality of this time and the different way it can be perceived depending on your point of viewI like writers who explore without trying to impart a lesson who lay out a canvas but let the reader draw their own conclusions from it This adds depth and a layer of complexity to the novel that allows for that dreaded word interpretation to rear its head But different interpretations make for very interesting conversations And I love it when reading a book creates a two way stream of ideas those of the author and those of the reader the kind of book that asks me to think instead of proceeding to think for me Lectures on colonialism Been there done that give me this thought provoking method any dayI particularly like what Tatiana said about the different POVs of the Price family and how each showed a different side and a different attitude to colonialism From those who saw it as the West s duty to educate and industrialize savages and rid them of such damaging practices as genital mutilation and infanticide to those who feel embarrassed at what the West has done to the postcolonial world and believe in the need for cultural respect It s complex because there isn t a simple answer to the uestions raised by colonialism Do objective absolute truths ever exist Where does culture end and universal human rights begin Is humanitarian intervention a responsibility or an excuse to impose Western beliefs and values on postcolonial societies Kingsolver shows the many sides to this issue and lets you draw your own conclusionsThe story is about Nathan Price and his family Nathan is an evangelical Baptist from Georgia who believes God has sent him on a mission to save through religious conversion the savage citizens of the Belgian Congo With him are his wife and four daughters and the novel alternates between each of these five perspectives I m not usually a fan of any than two POVs but this book turned out to be a rare exception Maybe because Kingsolver spent the necessary time developing each individual character so none of the perspectives felt unnecessary or like filler I ve spent a lot of time comparing this book to another I read recently A Thousand Splendid Suns They are both books about countries and cultures that I was only vaguely familiar with and they are both about a very specific turning point in each country s history And while they are both good in my opinion they are also two very different kinds of novels A Thousand Splendid Suns is a fast paced emotional dramatic page turner that has you constantly on the edge of your seat I read it in a single day and wanted to recommend it to every person who hadn t read it The Poisonwood Bible on the other hand is a slower complex demanding work that is even satisfying when you look back over it and observe its clever details as a whole It s not for everyone and I m sure my Empire and Decolonization course helped prepare me somewhat for it Ultimately I really liked how Kingsolver uses the different perspectives to take on the different attitudes to postcolonialism For me this is a clever and thought provoking novel that goes beyond what many other books of its kind have achieved


About the Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist essayist and poet She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible the tale of a missionary family in the Congo