The Poisonwood Bible

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Faber & Faber, Sep 4, 2008 - Fiction - 640 pages
Barbara Kingsolver's acclaimed international bestseller tells the story of an American missionary family in the Congo during a poignant chapter in African history. It spins the tale of the fierce evangelical Baptist, Nathan Price, who takes his wife and four daughters on a missionary journey into the heart of darkness of the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them to Africa all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to the King James Bible - is calamitously transformed on African soil. Told from the perspective of the five women, this is a compelling exploration of African history, religion, family, and the many paths to redemption. The Poisonwood Bible was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and was chosen as the best reading group novel ever at the Penguin/Orange Awards. It continues to be read and adored by millions worldwide.

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User Review  - breic - LibraryThing

I've been reading more about the Congo recently. This was an engaging and decently well-written (if not spectacular) historical fiction novel set around its independence and the years after (1960s ... Read full review

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User Review  - bluelagoon - LibraryThing

Not one of my favourites of this author - I ran out of steam and did not finish it after plodding three quarters way through it. Much preferred A Prodigal Summer Read full review


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BOOK THREE The judges
BOOK SIX Song of the Three Children

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Barbara Kingsolver's fourteen books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction include the novels the international bestseller The Poisonwood Bible, which is now considered a modern classic and was chosen as the best reading group novel ever at the Penguin/Orange Awards, and The Lacuna, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010. Her latest novel is Flight Behaviour.

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