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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
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"The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver is a realistic fiction book that takes place mostly in Africa. The book is about a family named the Prices, and their "journey" in the Republic of Congo. The main characters in the family, starting from oldest to youngest are: Nathan Price(father), Orleanna Price(mother), Rachel Price(oldest daughter), Leah and Adah Price(twins), and Ruth May Price(youngest daughter). Although there are six people in the Price family, there's only five perspectives and they are: Orleanna Price, Rachel Price, Leah Price, Adah Price, and Ruth May Price. The reason why they had to go to the Republic of Congo was because Nathan Price who was a missionary was sent to spread the word of Christianity and convert the natives or non-believers there and he had the whole family go to Africa with him. Although the sound of conversion to Christianity for the natives there looked like the only likely event that would happen, there would be times of hardship, strife, and tragedy that would take place. These events will either tear the family apart or make the bonds between them closer than ever. Although in the beginning of the book, nothing really happened and I thought the book was boring but, as I read on, the tension started rising and made the book quite suspenseful. Aside from the tension, Barbara Kingsolver also put literary elements such as symbolism, imagery, simile, metaphors, etc. Also pertaining in the beginning is that the reader might be confused of what is happening but, as you read on, you will start to understand what ways Kingsolver will hide philisophical symbols behind some of her words. I would recommend this book to people ages 14 and up to read this book because it has plenty of meaning behind it. What I liked about this book was how Barabara Kingsolver had five different perspectives instead of one because it shows how each family member would react to different situations. What I did not like about the book, was that it was sometimes really hard to "decipher" some of the philisophical meanings behind some of the full-of-meaning sentences unless you try and think hard. "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver is a book I recommend to anyone on the eigth grade level and above to read.

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Lanier Excellent job, Rosemarie! Still one of my favorite, all time books! I loved Adah and Ruth May the best, though Rachel was hilariously vain and equally ignorant. I hear Kingsolver's other books are just as intriguing.

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