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Poisonwood Bible Edition Uk (urspr publ 1998; utgåvan 1999)

av Barbara Kingsolver (Författare)

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The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters.
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Titel:Poisonwood Bible Edition Uk
Författare:Barbara Kingsolver (Författare)
Info:Faber Faber Inc (1999), 571 pages
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The Poisonwood Bible av Barbara Kingsolver (1998)

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    Niceville av Kathryn Stockett (paulkid)
    paulkid: Race relations on different continents, told from multiple female perspectives.
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    Det röda tältet : [roman] av Anita Diamant (derelicious)
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    Sommarens rikedom : [roman] av Barbara Kingsolver (Booksloth)
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    Allt går sönder av Chinua Achebe (jlelliott)
    jlelliott: Each tells the story of Christian missionaries in Africa, one from the perspective of the missionaries, one from the perspective of the local people targeted for "salvation".
  5. 121
    Skära för sten av Abraham Verghese (momofthreewi)
    momofthreewi: Both are rich in character development and centered around unique families.
  6. 122
    The Bean Trees av Barbara Kingsolver (kraaivrouw)
  7. 90
    Mörkrets hjärta av Joseph Conrad (WSB7)
    WSB7: Both about "colonialisms" abuses in the Congo, among other themes.
  8. 80
    På lösan sand av Alan Paton (allenmichie)
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    En färd till Indien av E. M. Forster (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: You could use the theme of colonialism to pair The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver with Passage to India by E. M. Forster.
  10. 92
    Den afrikanska farmen av Isak Dinesen (allenmichie)
  11. 82
    The Lacuna av Barbara Kingsolver (GreenVelvet)
  12. 93
    The God of Small Things av Arundhati Roy (kiwiflowa)
  13. 71
    Kung Leopolds vålnad av Adam Hochschild (baobab)
  14. 93
    Moskitkusten av Paul Theroux (whirled)
  15. 50
    The Book of Negroes av Lawrence Hill (Bcteagirl)
    Bcteagirl: The book has a similar familial tone and is also told from the point of view of young girls growing up in a difficult situation. I had been looking for a book with a similar writing style and was happy to find this one. If you liked The Book of Negroes I recommend The Poisonwood Bible and vice versa.… (mer)
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    Jesusland av Julia Scheeres (literarysarah)
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    Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart av Tim Butcher (CatherineRM)
    CatherineRM: I love both these books and they nicely juxtapose each other with their Congo total immersion albeit one fictional and one factual. Tim Butcher traces the Congo River from its source through the dense equatorial land that the protagonist of the Kingsolver book occupied with his suffering family. Both books made a lasting impression on me and I have great time for Africa as I lived in Tanzania - close to Congo geographically for most of the time - and it has a big place in my heart. Read both books and be enriched!… (mer)
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    I undrens tid av Ann Patchett (sweetbug)
    sweetbug: Similar themes of conflict between two cultures, Westerners living and working in an exotic and dangerous land, and parents / surrogate parents protecting (or not) their children from harm.
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    The Plague of Doves av Louise Erdrich (charl08)
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    The Civilized World av Susi Wyss (ShortStoryLover)
    ShortStoryLover: Although it's much shorter than Poisonwood, The Civilized World also has multiple points of view from female perspectives and the chapters are almost all set in various parts of present-day Africa.

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  Murtra | Oct 27, 2021 |
I'm giving up on this one. It's just not my jam. I don't like any of the characters and outright loathe a few of them, plus snakes. Also, it seems clear that Kingsolver is chasing after Faulkner vibes, and, well, good for her but that's a big NOPE from me. ( )
  electrascaife | Oct 24, 2021 |
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. they carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -from garden seeds to Scripture- is calamitously transformed on African soil.
  Daniel464 | Sep 28, 2021 |
Hard to find the words to describe this book. It's wonderfully written, but dark & twisty & sad. I couldn't put it down. ( )
  tjgardner | Aug 25, 2021 |
Of books that switch cyclically between voices, I think this one most masterfully helped me remember who is who. More so than Amy Tan, more so than Julia Alvarez. The writing is next level. So much so that sometimes I wish Kingsolver was more selfish and didn't make Ruth May as a 5 year old, who fails at some words, so convincing. I know that would ruin the magic of the book though.

The philosophical discussions are laid out primarily as banter between sisters and not as a lecture at readers. For example, one might get the impression that the book is strictly anti-missionary because of the fall of Tata Price, because of his overbearing and unrelenting vision of what that means. But the debate and tension between Father Price and Brother Fowles gives room to develop sympathy for those missionaries that respect the local culture and incorporate that into the spirit of Christian missionary work. For many other issues, as with this one, Kingsolver takes the same kind of care to present multiple voices.

For another example, Kingsolver might seem to devolve into the strawman view that moral truths as applied to a person are made true by whatever that person's culture holds sacrosanct---what we might call cultural relativism. But she shies away from this, even as we might read this endorsement off of Kingsolver when Leah and Adah make fun of Rachel for failing to step out of her American shell. And we cannot get this from Kingsolver even if, as part of the subtext, Leah and Adah are the "smart" ones. It is merely that:

"here where we pay soothsayers and acrobats to help lose our weight, then yes, for a child to die from hunger is immoral. But this is just one place. I'm afraid I have seen a world. In the world, the carrying capacity for humans is limited...[W]hen families have spent a million years making nine in the hope of saving one, they cannot stop making nine. Culture is a slingshot moved by the force of its past. When the strap lets go, what flies forward will not be family planning..."

It is just a reminder that how moral principles are applied depend on context and circumstance, which Kingsolver, thankfully, is careful not to use as an excuse to deny the stringent force of morality. It is similar to being able to say that what gravity does to a mason jar on a coffee table in Boston is not what it would do to the mason jar on a corner of Mars, which does not at all deny gravity its fully objective presence or the universality of physics. Cultural, and therefore, context sensitivity is consistent with upholding universal or objective values.

Adah goes on, perhaps anticipating this confusion: "Mother says I have no heart for my own kind. She doesn't know. I have too much. I know what we have done, and what we deserve." This is compatible with an objective/non-cultural-dependent sense of wrongdoing, of desert and retribution. So at this point, we can read the previous passage as Kingsolver's rejection of such notions for cultural relativism, juxtapose it with this passage, and therefore easily dismiss Kingsolver as a bad, hypocritical thinker displaying blatant contradictions. Or we can read her as being a careful and compassionate writer, which I think she is, who weaves her way in and out of various complex ideas, using them at the same time to show how the Price sisters grew apart, and occupying a space that is more subtle than This or That. Props for that. ( )
  tonberrysc | Aug 20, 2021 |
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Kingsolver once wrote that ""The point [of portraying other cultures] is not to emulate other lives, or usurp their wardrobes. The point is to find sense.'' Her effort to make sense of the Congo's tragic struggle for independence is fully realized, richly embroidered, triumphant.
tillagd av Shortride | ändraNewsweek (Nov 9, 1998)
 
A writer who casts a preacher as a fool and a villain had best not be preachy. Kingsolver manages not to be, in part because she is a gifted magician of words--her sleight-of-phrase easily distracting a reader who might be on the point of rebellion. Her novel is both powerful and quite simple. It is also angrier and more direct than her earlier books.
tillagd av Shortride | ändraTime, John Skow (Nov 9, 1998)
 
The Congo permeates ''The Poisonwood Bible,'' and yet this is a novel that is just as much about America, a portrait, in absentia, of the nation that sent the Prices to save the souls of a people for whom it felt only contempt, people who already, in the words of a more experienced missionary, ''have a world of God's grace in their lives, along with a dose of hardship that can kill a person entirely.''
 
Although ''The Poisonwood Bible'' takes place in the former Belgian Congo and begins in 1959 and ends in the 1990's, Barbara Kingsolver's powerful new book is actually an old-fashioned 19th-century novel, a Hawthornian tale of sin and redemption and the ''dark necessity'' of history.
 

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I could never work out whether we were to view religion as a life-insurance policy or a life sentence. I can understand a wrathful God who'd just as soon dangle us all from a hook. And I can understand a tender, unprejudiced Jesus. But I could never quite figure the two of them living in the same house.
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While my husband's intentions crystallized as rock salt, and while I preoccupied myself with private survival, the Congo breathed behind the curtain of forest, preparing to roll over us like a river.
Overpopulation has deforested 3/4 of Africa, yielding drought, famine, and the probable extinction of all animals most beloved by children and zoos.... Africa has a thousand ways of cleaning itself. Driver ants, Ebola virus, AIDS, all these are brooms devised by nature to sweep a small clearing very well.
Back home we have the most glorious garden each and every summer, so it's only natural that my father thought to bring over seeds in his pockets: Kentucky Wonder beans, crookneck and patty-pan squash, Big Boy tomatoes. He planned to make a demonstration garden, from which we'd gather a harvest for our table and also supply food and seeds to the villagers. It was to be our first African miracle: an infinite chain of benevolence rising from these small, crackling seed packets, stretching out from our garden into a circle of other gardens, flowing outward across the Congo like ripples from a rock dropped in a pond.... Father started clearing a pot of ground out of the jungle's edge near our house, and packing off rows.... He beat down a square of tall grass and wild pink flowers ... Then he bent over and began to rip out long handfuls of grass with quick, energetic jerks as though tearing out the hair of the world.... "Leah," he enquired, "why do you think the Lord gave us seeds to grow, instead of having our dinner just spring up out there on the ground like a bunch of field rocks? Because the Lord helps those that help themselves."
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The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters.

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