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In fact they can and they do. The first part of The Poisonwood Bible revolves around Nathan's intransigent, bullying personality and his effect on both his family and the village they have come to. As political instability grows in the Congo, so does the local witch doctor's animus toward the Prices, and both seem to converge with tragic consequences about halfway through the novel. From that point on, the family is dispersed and the novel follows each member's fortune across a span of more than 30 years.
The Poisonwood Bible is arguably Barbara Kingsolver's most ambitious work, and it reveals both her great strengths and her weaknesses. As Nathan Price's wife and daughters tell their stories in alternating chapters, Kingsolver does a good job of differentiating the voices. But at times they can grate--teenage Rachel's tendency towards precious malapropisms is particularly annoying (students practice their "French congregations"; Nathan's refusal to take his family home is a "tapestry of justice"). More problematic is Kingsolver's tendency to wear her politics on her sleeve; this is particularly evident in the second half of the novel, in which she uses her characters as mouthpieces to explicate the complicated and tragic history of the Belgian Congo.
Despite these weaknesses, Kingsolver's fully realized, three-dimensional characters make The Poisonwood Bible compelling, especially in the first half, when Nathan Price is still at the center of the action. And in her treatment of Africa and the Africans she is at her best, exhibiting the acute perception, moral engagement, and lyrical prose that have made her previous novels so successful. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
No, just no. It's really unimaginative. No new thoughts, just old ideas newly represented. Sure she writes pretty well, but I didn't feel inspired by it at all.Published 4 hours ago by Justagirl
I did not know what to expect - friends have recommended Barbara Kingsolver books and this was my first. I was very enjoyable and I look forward to reading additional.Published 9 hours ago by Susan Meduvsky
Barbra Kingsolver has long been one of my favourite authors. The Poisonwood Bible is a community narrative (told from the perspective of several characters who are living within... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Meredith Anne Norlindh
Well, first let it be known that Kingslover can write and has the ability to craft a novel in a unique way, so three stars are merited for that reason only. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Good Books Only!
I loved the premise of writing the bible in a modern day way according to the Price family. The history of the Congo in the 1960's was remarkable. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jan Schicketanz
I think this book is demeaning and all around awful. It is written about Baptists, by an atheist... yeah that's fair...NOT! seriously this book makes me want to kick things. Read morePublished 4 days ago by BaileyF
Arrived sooner than expected, in good shape and packaged well. Yes I recommend this seller . The book is just like new and I love that I can save money as well as, recycle and save... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Marta Lubinsky
Why? Because it's amazing. It makes you think. It makes you wonder. I don't agree with all the politics in this book, and yes, there are a lot of them, but it does put a... Read morePublished 6 days ago by J Lo
This book will make you think about all of life's exigencies......and suffer as well as celebrate. BK's mind is remarkable .......the expressions exquisite.Published 7 days ago by Kathleen H. Brown