The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible

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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 all 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. This tale of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction, over the course of three decades in post-colonial Africa, is set against one of history's most dramatic political parables.The Poisonwood Bible dances between the darkly comic human failings and inspiring poetic justices of our times. In a compelling exploration of religion, conscience, imperialist arrogance, and the paths to redemption, Barbra Kingsolver has brought forth most ambitious work ever.



Freshman Common Read: Augsburg College
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Product details

  • Paperback | 546 pages
  • 137 x 208 x 38mm | 526g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0061577073
  • 9780061577079
  • 123,916

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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.
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Review quote

"Compelling, lyrical and utterly believable."--Chicago Tribune
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644,181 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 44% (282,438)
4 31% (200,231)
3 16% (102,402)
2 6% (36,396)
1 4% (22,714)
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