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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
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May 14, 09

Read in January, 2006

My daughter-in-law recommended this book, so I plunged in, not really knowing anything about it. I was fascinated from page one. This is the emotionally wrenching story of a brutal, orthodox preacher from the American South, who takes his wife and four daughters to a remote spot in the depths of Africa to establish a Christian church. This father, who apparently was damaged by survival guilt when all the rest of his Army regiment died during the Baatan Death March in the Philippines in 1942, is so hateful to his family that the reader is almost grateful for the tragedy that finally motivates his wife and daughters to leave him at any cost. What follows for the remaining family members is a particularly fascinating part of the story. One sister remains in Africa and becomes a shallow socialite. However, one of the twin girls, who was always thought to be permanently handicapped, makes an amazing turn-around in her life. The mother survives admirably as well. The real story of courage, however, is seen in the life of the other twin, who marries a native African and braves all the political and violent turmoil that invades their lives thereafter. Wonderful writing style and a page-turing story!
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message 1: by Charky (new)

Charky I'm glad you enjoyed it. I also loved the historical aspect of the story.


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