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The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (original 1998; edição 2009)

por Barbara Kingsolver (Autor)

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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.
Membro:RaynaPolsky
Título:The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
Autores:Barbara Kingsolver (Autor)
Informação:HarperCollins e-books (2009), Edition: 1st, 570 pages
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The Poisonwood Bible por Barbara Kingsolver (1998)

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    The Help por Kathryn Stockett (paulkid)
    paulkid: Race relations on different continents, told from multiple female perspectives.
  2. 173
    The Red Tent por Anita Diamant (derelicious)
  3. 152
    Prodigal Summer por Barbara Kingsolver (Booksloth)
  4. 130
    Things Fall Apart por Chinua Achebe (jlelliott)
    jlelliott: Each tells the story of Christian missionaries in Africa, one from the perspective of the missionaries, one from the perspective of the local people targeted for "salvation".
  5. 121
    Cutting for Stone por Abraham Verghese (momofthreewi)
    momofthreewi: Both are rich in character development and centered around unique families.
  6. 132
    The Bean Trees por Barbara Kingsolver (kraaivrouw)
  7. 90
    Cry, the Beloved Country por Alan Paton (allenmichie)
  8. 90
    Heart of Darkness por Joseph Conrad (WSB7)
    WSB7: Both about "colonialisms" abuses in the Congo, among other themes.
  9. 102
    Out of Africa por Isak Dinesen (allenmichie)
  10. 80
    A Passage to India por E. M. Forster (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: You could use the theme of colonialism to pair The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver with Passage to India by E. M. Forster.
  11. 113
    The Mosquito Coast por Paul Theroux (whirled, Iudita)
    Iudita: Similar themes
  12. 103
    The God of Small Things por Arundhati Roy (kiwiflowa)
  13. 92
    The Lacuna por Barbara Kingsolver (GreenVelvet)
  14. 71
    King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa por Adam Hochschild (baobab)
  15. 40
    The Book of Negroes por Lawrence Hill (Bcteagirl)
    Bcteagirl: The book has a similar familial tone and is also told from the point of view of young girls growing up in a difficult situation. I had been looking for a book with a similar writing style and was happy to find this one. If you liked The Book of Negroes I recommend The Poisonwood Bible and vice versa.… (mais)
  16. 40
    Jesus Land: A Memoir por Julia Scheeres (literarysarah)
  17. 40
    Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart por Tim Butcher (CatherineRM)
    CatherineRM: I love both these books and they nicely juxtapose each other with their Congo total immersion albeit one fictional and one factual. Tim Butcher traces the Congo River from its source through the dense equatorial land that the protagonist of the Kingsolver book occupied with his suffering family. Both books made a lasting impression on me and I have great time for Africa as I lived in Tanzania - close to Congo geographically for most of the time - and it has a big place in my heart. Read both books and be enriched!… (mais)
  18. 20
    State of Wonder por Ann Patchett (sweetbug)
    sweetbug: Similar themes of conflict between two cultures, Westerners living and working in an exotic and dangerous land, and parents / surrogate parents protecting (or not) their children from harm.
  19. 20
    Swimming in the Congo por Margaret Meyers (FranklyMyDarling)
    FranklyMyDarling: Another book about a young girl, the daughter of missionaries, growing up in the Congo. (Published prior to Poisonwood.)
  20. 10
    The Civilized World por Susi Wyss (ShortStoryLover)
    ShortStoryLover: Although it's much shorter than Poisonwood, The Civilized World also has multiple points of view from female perspectives and the chapters are almost all set in various parts of present-day Africa.

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I love Barbara Kingsolver, but I had a horrible time getting through this book. :( ( )
  kwagnerroberts | Jun 24, 2024 |
Read this for a book group and loved it. ( )
  Flowercreek | Jun 24, 2024 |
I liked this a lot, she's a great writer. It didn't really speak to me, though. ( )
  RaynaPolsky | May 23, 2024 |
This book has sat on my shelves for some twenty years without my getting round to it. I tend to shy away from 600 pages, and from 'must reads'. In the event, I demolished it in under two days. This family saga is told from the perspectives of the wife, and the four daughters of a focused, unforgiving American evangelical pastor, Nathan Price. It paints an extraordinary picture of life in an isolated and (from the family's original point of view) primitive African community in the then Belgian Congo. Kingsolver immerses us in the detail of their first difficult year of hardship, then walks us slightly more briskly forward through 30 years of strife, conflict and post-colonialism. The family members are believably from the same stock, but very different one from another, which gives the opportunity to see several sides of the same history. This book is brilliantly realised, well told, and paints a picture of a conflict which was never far from the news in my childhood, but of which I knew little and understood less. It's also a picture of what happens when issues round religion, politics and race relations are unable to find compromise and mutual understanding. A powerful and ambitious tale. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
This book is great and I'm glad I FINALLY got around to reading it. Docking one star (probably unfairly) because it took me forever to read the whole thing. I don't understand why because I always enjoyed the time I spent within it's pages but it seemed like it might go on forever.

The story is told in alternating chapters in the POV of the five Price women who come to Africa as a missionary family in the mid-50s. Mostly, we are with the daughters, and they each have a VERY distinctive manor about them that makes it very simple to keep things straight between them. The writing is beautiful and I learned quite a bit about African history and I'm reminded about how little I really know about the world.

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  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
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Kingsolver once wrote that ""The point [of portraying other cultures] is not to emulate other lives, or usurp their wardrobes. The point is to find sense.'' Her effort to make sense of the Congo's tragic struggle for independence is fully realized, richly embroidered, triumphant.
adicionada por Shortride | editarNewsweek (Nov 9, 1998)
 
A writer who casts a preacher as a fool and a villain had best not be preachy. Kingsolver manages not to be, in part because she is a gifted magician of words--her sleight-of-phrase easily distracting a reader who might be on the point of rebellion. Her novel is both powerful and quite simple. It is also angrier and more direct than her earlier books.
adicionada por Shortride | editarTime, John Skow (Nov 9, 1998)
 
The Congo permeates ''The Poisonwood Bible,'' and yet this is a novel that is just as much about America, a portrait, in absentia, of the nation that sent the Prices to save the souls of a people for whom it felt only contempt, people who already, in the words of a more experienced missionary, ''have a world of God's grace in their lives, along with a dose of hardship that can kill a person entirely.''
 
Although ''The Poisonwood Bible'' takes place in the former Belgian Congo and begins in 1959 and ends in the 1990's, Barbara 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.
 

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