Rated of 5
This book gave me an insight into a way of life I could never have imagined. The starvation, the danger from the wildlife and diseases were all brought into sharp focus by Kingsolver. Initially, the book had trouble holding my attention but the longer the Prices were in the Congo the more interested I became. Being a mother myself, it was very hard to understand, why Orleanna even brought her children into the Congo and even more baffling why she continued to stay. Even with the insights provided by the author into the character, I found her inability to act to protect her children infuriating. The father character was unspeakably deplorable to put his family at risk. Due to his actions, every single one of the family members he was ultimately responsible for suffered loss and had the course of their lives changed for the worse, in my opinion, with the possible exception of Adah. While I believe the book to be well written and informative, I can't say that I really loved this book because it left me with such a feeling of hopelessness and disappointment in humanity.