The poisonwood Bible : a novel /Material type: BookSeries: Oprah's book club: Publisher: New York : HarperFlamingo, Edition: 1st ed.Description: x, 546 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0060175400; 9780060175405.Subject(s): Americans -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction | Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction | Missionaries -- Fiction | Christian missionaries -- Congo -- Fiction | Americans -- Africa -- Fiction | Culture conflict -- Congo -- Fiction | Americans -- Congo -- Fiction | Baptists -- Congo -- Fiction | Colonialism -- Congo -- Fiction | Domestic fiction | Domestic fiction | Historical fiction
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
<p>"A powerful new epic . . . [Kingsolver] has with infinitely steady hands worked the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty." --Los Angeles Times Book Review</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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. 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. </p>
Includes bibliographical references (pages 545-546).
Genesis -- The revelation -- The judges -- Bel and the serpent -- Exodus -- Song of the three children -- The eyes in the trees.
The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters. By the author of Pigs in Heaven.
Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- A Tour of the Novel: an overview of the book (p. 1)
- Journeys: the characters and their stories (p. 13)
- Points of View: a conversation about The Poisonwood Bible (p. 21)
- A Writer's Life: Barbara Kingsolver's story (p. 45)
- The World Outside: a look at the 1950s Congo (p. 49)
- A Brief History: the critics respond to The Poisonwood Bible (p. 53)
- Explore: books to consider reading next (p. 57)