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The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, June 10, 2008
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Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
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If reading this for personal pleasure, it'll be worth doing your own research and reading other interpretations. At least that's my humble opinion.
If you're new, this pick isn't intimidating and I would also look at Life of Pi as a recommendation. But you're going to love this book if you're willing to put in the effort to comprehend it. Both books cause you to reflect, so be ready.
I enjoyed this story more than i thought i would, with Adah being my favorite character, the twisted twin who thinks in palindromes.
The backdrop of the actual history of the region lends weight and depth to the story and is handled deftly by Kingsolver. I highly recommend this book.
What a wonderful book! Yes, Kingsolver's political ideology and point of view clearly resonated throughout the book, but I did not find them offensive or overly burdensome. I learned so much of the history of the Congo and gained a much better understanding of the situation in that torn country. The techniques the author used in writing, I feel promoted the tale:
1. Told only from the women's point of view, it was almost as if Nathan's (an odious character!) didn't matter.
2. In telling the tale over a 30-year span, it was satisfying to see how each character evolved and to see things from their different points of view.
Although this is only the second book by this author that I have read, I think I can safely say that it is her masterpiece. Understandable why this book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
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A must read!