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The Poisonwood Bible ( Perennial Classics) (Reprint) (Paperback) by Barbara Kingsolver

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Kingsolver's national bestseller paints an intimate portrait of a crisis-ridden family amid the larger backdrop of an African nation in chaos. Examine how the tragedy of the Price family mirrors the political unrest in the Congo, how the novel views religion and marriage, and how Kingsolver reconciles the demands of art with her belief that writing should support a political cause.



Book Synopsis



"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

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.

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.



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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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.



Review Quotes



"Fully realized, richly embroidered, triumphant."--Newsweek

"The book's sheer enjoyability is given depth by Kingsolver's insight and compassion for Congo, including its people, and their language and sayings."--Boston Globe

"A powerful new epic . . . She 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

"Beautifully written . . . Kingsolver's tale of domestic tragedy is more than just a well-told yarn . . . Played out against the bloody backdrop of political struggles in Congo that continue to this day, it is also particularly timely."--People

"Compelling, lyrical and utterly believable."--Chicago Tribune

"Kingsolver's powerful new book is actually an old-fashioned 19th-century novel, a Hawthornian tale of sin and redemption and the 'dark necessity' of history."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Powerful . . . Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words."--Time

"There are few ambitious, successful and beautiful novels. Lucky for us, we have one now, in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible . . . this awed reviewer hardly knows where to begin."--Jane Smiley, Washington Post Book World

"Tragic, and remarkable. . . . A novel that blends outlandish experience with Old Testament rhythms of prophecy and doom."--USA Today
Dimensions (Overall): 8 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1.2 Inches (D)
Weight: .9 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 543
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Religion + Beliefs, General, Literary
Series Title: Perennial Classics
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Format: Paperback
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Language: English
Street Date: July 1, 2005
TCIN: 11341277
UPC: 9780060786502
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-2471
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

GREAT

5 out of 5 stars
Chargers Fan - 13 years ago
I'm not much of a reader, but this book is actually really interesting and easy to read! I highly recommend!
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