THE POISONWOOD BIBLE

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE

THIS IS A WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT LIFE AND LIFE CHOICES.  IT DOES NOT ONLY DEPICT THE AFRICAN CONGO OVER A 30 YEAR STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE BUT HOW OUR FAITH IS SHAPED; HOW ONE MAN’S CHOICES AFFECTED THE LIVES OF HIS WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN.  IT IS ABOUT FAMILY, LOVE AND LOSS, SURVIVAL!  IT MADE ME APPRECIATE THE LIFE I HAVE – UNDERSTANDING IT IS NOT THE POSSESSIONS OR MONEY OR STATUS THAT IS IMPORTANT BUT THE PERSON I HAVE BECOME AND THOSE I CHOOSE TO LOVE AND SHARE LIFE WITH.  AS ZAK BROWN PUT IT “FORGET THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN’T CHANGE, FORGIVE THE ONES YOU CAN…YOU GOTTA LET IT GO!”

HERE IS THE LIBRARY SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK:

  • 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. The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo’s fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. Against this backdrop, Orleanna Price reconstructs the story of her evangelist husband’s part in the Western assault on Africa, a tale indelibly darkened by her own losses and unanswerable questions about her own culpability. Also narrating the story, by turns, are her four daughters–the self-centered, teenaged Rachel; shrewd adolescent twins Leah and Adah; and Ruth May, a prescient five-year-old. These sharply observant girls, who arrive in the Congo with racial preconceptions forged in 1950s Georgia, will be marked in surprisingly different ways by their father’s intractable mission, and by Africa itself. Ultimately each must strike her own separate path to salvation. Their passionately intertwined stories become a compelling exploration of moral risk and personal responsibility.Dancing between the dark comedy of human failings and the breathtaking possibilities of human hope, The Poisonwood Bible possesses all that has distinguished Barbara Kingsolver’s previous work, and extends this beloved writer’s vision to an entirely new level. Taking its place alongside the classic works of postcolonial literature, this ambitious novel establishes Kingsolver as one of the most thoughtful and daring of modern writers.
WHILE I WAS READING THIS STORY, MY HUSBAND AND I WATCHED AN OLD BOB HOPE MOVIE (Call Me Bwana
1963 Film) WHERE HE WAS SENT ON A MISSION IN AFRICA.  TWO THINGS STRUCK ME – HOW SIMPLISTIC MOVIES WERE BACK THEN AND EVEN THOUGH IT WAS MEANT TO BE A COMEDY, HOW RIDICULOUS THEIR DEPICTION OF AFRICA WAS!

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