Book A Day: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Over on Facebook, I’m seeing a lot of ‘book a day’ posts whereby you post the cover of a book you have loved everyday for however many days it suits you.

I’ve been thinking recently about all the books I’ve loved but never reviewed and how I could share these. This seems like a good way to do it. I’ve read them so long ago, I’d have to read them again in order to review them, yet I loved them so much that they linger in my consciousness.

So, first book up is:

The Poisonwood Bible

Bought on a whim for less than $5 from the damaged books table at Angus & Robertson about 20 years ago when they still had bricks and mortar stores. I love this book, so much, it affected me deeply and I’ve recommended it countless times over the years. In many ways it changed my reading habits, directing me towards more literary works of historical fiction.

 

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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. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

Have you read this? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if you have.

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