The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

A haunting story of cultural arrogance and ignorance, guilt, and absolute and unambiguous justice told through the matriarch of a family and her four daughters. Over 30 years these women lived in a small African village buried deep in the Congolese jungle. “Everything you’re sure is right can be wrong in another place. Especially here,” said Leah in Barbara Kingsolver’s epic novel, The Poisonwood Bible.

The Price family moved to the village of Kilanga to be missionaries. In this remote village, Nathan, the patriarch, tries to impose his western ways of life on the natives. The women become the victims of his conquest when he is rejected by the culture. Kingsolver does an exquisite job blending these five voices into a family saga of pain, suffering, and liberation as she brings these characters to life on each unfolding page. Kingsolver’s style is eloquent and vivid, as she not only describes the characters and their emotional conundrums, but the picturesque backdrop of the Congolese jungle with all the flavors and aromas along with its native people.


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