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What the community says about The Poisonwood Bible
- "I do not think I can put into words how I feel about this book, or how I felt while reading. Barbara Kingsolver is to me a maestro of words and although she doesn’t bog down her prose with too much frill, what she does write immerses you in the human experience. I felt Africa in my heart while reading this novel, and I had and will always have such deep empathy for Orleanna and her children. I highly recommend this with both thumbs up in the air. "
- "The Poisonwood Bible is such a beautifully written story. It takes you into the heart of the African Congo with a family with a strong religious backbone. Everything they bring with them quickly turns out to be a hindrance rather than an aid, and the stories that develop are lessons that can be applied to most daily life situations."
- "The theme is not typically something I'm draw to, but I decided to give The Poisonwood Bible a chance because of the author, Barbara Kingslover. I'm glad I gave it a chance. She's an excellent writer who excels at bringing her characters to life. I like how to story is told from the perspectives of the wife and daughters. It's a long book but enjoyable and worth reading."
- "I recommend The Poisonwood Bible to my book clubs just recently. I liked that we all found it interesting and thought-provoking. I think we spent about a few meetings discussing the context of The Poisonwood Bible. I know I have read and re-read The Poisonwood Bible and plan to do so in the near future. I expect The Poisonwood Bible to be the best book for book clubs."
- "The Poisonwood Bible is a thoughtful look at colonialism and upheaval in the Congo. It deals with freedom, aggression and the things that bind people together. It's an important story for anyone who thinks westerners can come in and "better" the lives of others by reshaping them in their own image, and a great read in general. "
- "The Poisonwood Bible is one of the best award-winning fiction books since 1990. This book started slow for me, but it soon began to capture my attention. The characters are well developed and very complex. The story is engrossing...the struggles of a white mission family in the Belgian Congo in the 1950's."