The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (Harper Perennial Modern Classics (Prebound)) (Prebound)

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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


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780756984441
ISBN-10: 0756984440
Publisher: Turtleback
Publication Date: January 1st, 1998
Pages: 543
Language: English
Series: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (Prebound)