The Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 057120175x Global Overview for this book
Registered by lelley of Scarborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on 10/17/2005
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by lelley from Scarborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 17, 2005

Journal Entry 2 by anthonybairdis from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, June 5, 2006
Received this book today in the post. I will start it as soon as I have finished the other bookring book I am currently reading, which will not be too long. Thanks for sending it!

Journal Entry 3 by anthonybairdis from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, July 17, 2006
Finished the book on Saturday. I hvae to admit it took me a bit longer than I expected, but it was very much worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

It starts off quite slow, which I guess is my only criticism, but that gave me time to fully understand the characters, and to get a feeling for what they were like in America before they moved to the Congo, and what their life was like previously. And then, gradually, their family starts to fall apart. I think Barbara Kingsolver does a lovely job of describing the claustrophobia of the family, having very little in common with the other people they are around, and just how big a culture shock moving to the Congo was for them. But gradually the family is affected by Africa, and it is interesting to see how each member of the family is affected.

I was also interested in the amount of detail that Barbara Kingsolver gave about the political situation in the Congo at the time that the book is based. I found out that she was living there herself at the time, so I guess that there must be some level of autobiography in the book, which just makes it all the more richer for me. It has left me wanting to know more about the history of the Congo.

In all, highly recommended.

I have scorpiosphynx's address, so I will get the book sent off tomorrow.

Journal Entry 4 by scorpiosphynx from Didsbury, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Thursday, July 27, 2006
This arrived a couple of days ago from anthonybairdis as part of the Bookring.

It's sitting on the top of my heap and will be forwarded to the next person as soon as I'm finished!

Journal Entry 5 by scorpiosphynx from Didsbury, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 6, 2006
A wonderful, thought provoking and very moving book. It's about (in outrageously simplistic terme) a family of a wife and four daughters from Georgia, USA who are exported to The Congo by their envangelical Baptist Husband/Father in 1959. It's about their life there and how it moulds them.

I think this book is part of a Bookring, but I'm not sure who it's next lucky reader will be....hopefully it will be on it's way somewhere soon.

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