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The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible
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  • Hardcover: Oct 1998,
    543 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 1999,
    560 pages.

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michaela (07/12/07)

kingsolvers, the poisonwood bible
I have just finished this book and although I went on holiday for a week in between reading, I managed to get into it again. I think Kingsolver has written the book excellently and I picked out many symbols and underlying messages throughout. I was touched by many of the characters in the book and felt unhappy by the unraveling of the Price family because of the poverty seen in the book I have now been forced to think about less fortunate countries than our own and am truly thankful to Kingsolver for her ambitious novel.
kjt (02/06/07)

The Poisonwood Bible
I just finished reading this book, and am going to read it again. I've read all 119 reviews before me, and immensely enjoyed them. I learned a lot by reading the reviews - I think this book is enlightening, and offers so many reasons we humans need to do some self evaluating. I'm a Christian, and this book did not offend me. I don't think this book should be read by immature persons, be it academic, or by age. I intend to read more by this author.
Lauren (04/13/06)

The Poisonwood Bible: A Modern Classic
I thought this book was exellent, Kingsolver does a great job depicting the political situation of the Congo throughout the end of the 20th century by personalizing it with characters that any reader can relate to. Although she depicts the ignorance of western cultures, I feel she does it in a way that educates instead of outright offends her readers, making us all question what role we, as Americans, have in this cultural arrogance. For people who enjoyed this book, I encourage you to read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. This book is more dificult to understand than Kingsolver's, but the parallels between the two novels are very interesting, especially being written over a century apart.
Elaine (02/16/06)

Thoughtful
I read this book a few years ago, but was reminded of it when my own daughter was talking to me about her in-laws missionary experiences. I suggested she read the book for some insight on missionary zeal. I like Kingsolver's books and this one was true to form. I find it interesting to read reviews and see how vehemently people respond with Christianity vs Anti-Christianity bias. I don't personally find it anti-Christian. I did find it anti-ignorant, which is an ongoing trait in Kingsolver's novels.
ashley (10/02/05)

Great book!
You can learn a lot from this book if you read it thoroughly. By analyzing it, i saw this book in more ways than one. I suggest that if you take the time to read it and analyze it, it will be one great book you enjoyed reading. And it's a part of oprah's book club!
KokoroRyu (09/14/05)

The PosoinWood Bible worth the Detour.
I took it off the shelves, and discouragingly eyed the thickness of the volume. But when I started reading it, I couldn't quite put it down. Albeit a slow and confusing beginning, it incites you to read more, and it manages to hold your interest throughout the whole story.

I picked up many symbols and many foreshadowings of things to come, and I found that the different point of views were excellently written, in a way that made you think about whose point of view you were reading. But I found, however, as much as the female characters were full of life and complex and interesting, the men were like cartoons, very stereotypical and sometimes just ridiculously so. But I loved it overall.

I recommend it very much to anyone who enjoys a good book.
Ashley B. (08/13/05)

The Poisonwood Bible
I am going to be a senior in high school this upcoming year and had to read The Poisonwood Bible. I am almost finished reading it, but not quite done yet. The beginning was slightly discouraging and throughout the book, there were a few down parts where nothing much was really happening, but overall I have found it to be a very good book. I suggest you have some interest to really getting into though, it was fairly challenging.
u dont needa kno (08/09/05)

Poisonwood Bible
OMG it is a horrible book... i had to read it for school --don't waste your time.. i really didn't enjoy it..
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