Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Today, after reading it for two weeks, I finished The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. If you'll remember, she's the author of that book Animal Vegetable Miracle that we read in Science last year.
It's a tragic story, about a family with four daughters, Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May, who move to the Belgian Congo in 1959 as missionaries. Their father, Nathan Price, is a harsh and cruel man. It's a rich, moving, and complex story. It's very serious, and I may have to read it again to fully understand it. It's hard to express this book in a review, but each of the characters is very interesting and complicated. In the end, each of the sisters ends up leaving something behind Africa, one marries an African, one sets up a hotel in Congo, one dies... There some intriguing ideas expressed in the book, though at times I would say its a bit too complicated and overwritten. But still, overall, it's a good book. 4 stars.

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