The Poisonwood Bible (Hardcover)

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Kingsolver spent 1963 in the Congo as a child; her physician father was committed to helping people without access to medical care. She sets her novel against the dramatic backdrop of tremendous political unrest as the Belgium Congo struggled for independence.  A missionary takes his family from the American South to the Congo in 1959: they are ill prepared for the culture or geography of Africa.  The story is told through the viewpoints of the four daughters and mother, but at its heart it examines the hubris of a man bent on converting an unwilling indigenous people to his hardline beliefs. The family arrives in Africa with a set of preconceived notions about the people and country that are soon challenged by reality.  Kingsolver captures the voice of these women as their lives change and their consciousness expands.  It is a funny, wise, sad, wonderful story.

— Deon Stonehouse

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060995386
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: August 1st, 1998
Pages: 576