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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
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This is one of those books I resisted picking up because I didn't know what to expect. Books that talk about religion - good or bad - tend to make me antsy. I know next to nothing about any religion so I wasn't sure how this would sit. Obviously, it sat well.

Kingsolver is such a fantastic writer. Politics and opinions in the book aside, she did an incredible job of making this story come alive. The Poisonwood Bible is told from the perspective of five different females whose lives are wholly changed by, truthfully, one man - the father of the family. I love how differently Africa changed each of them - turning inward, turning out, growth, death, and even stasis. I think we all have (or will have) an experience in our lives that change us forever. It was fascinating to see one event change so many characters.

Kingsolver's writing is poetry. The way she describes not only the atmosphere and setting but also the thought are incredible. Each female voice is incredibly distinctive. Adah and Ruth May are particularly wonderful to read. I was able to enjoy this book on audio and the narrator is phenomenal. The way she does Rachel - it's perfection.

For me, I think the book should have ended prior to the girls growing up. This is the distinction for me between five and four stars. The end of the book, while still enjoyable, gets political. Whether I think one way or another about it, when it's a historical fiction novel, it's hard to know what is fact and what is opinion. I liked seeing how the women turned out, but part of me wanted to stay back in the Congo, too.

For me, this book was art, and I loved listening to the words wash over me. There's a reason its well known and it's worth your time and effort to experience Kingsolver's style.



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Reading Progress

May 20, 2011 – Shelved
June 18, 2014 – Shelved as: audio-book
July 2, 2014 – Started Reading
July 9, 2014 – Finished Reading

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