The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible is a literature & fiction novel. It is written by Barbara Kingsolver. She was an American author, essayist, and poet. She started her career first as a freelance writer and she began with novel writing. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is one of her better literary works. You will also have a great time with The Bean Trees title of the author.

Dean Robertson is a relatively newer narrator but he did a spectacular job narrating this book and bringing out all the right emotions from the characters.

This book shares a story told by the wife and the four daughters of an evangelical Baptist, Nathan Price. He was the one who in 1959 took his family along with his mission to the Belgian Congo. They carried along with them all that they believed they would need from their home. But in no time they discovered that all of that ranging from the garden seeds to the Scripture got transformed appallingly on the African soil. What follows afterward was a suspenseful epic of the tragic undoing of the family and the remarkable reconstruction of postcolonial Africa over three decades.

The story in this novel is set against one of the most histrionic political chronicles of the 20th century. It was the fight of Congo with Belgium for independence, the assassination of its very first elected prime minister along with the CIP coup doing their bit to install his replacement, and the enormous progress of the world economic order.

This is a phenomenal story where the author worked well with the cantankerous threads of politics, race, religion, redemption, and sin into a literary piece of terrible beauty.

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