Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - June 2010

On Sunday June 6 at 2pm we'll be discussing the book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Location will be in the North Beach neighborhood - 901 Columbus Avenue (between Chestnut and Lombard). 

Here's a book summary:
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.

Books to read in the future:July - Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Following month:
Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks

1 comment:

Ritu said...

Amazing story. The characters seem so real; and the Congo is described in such detail. I believe that some writers write themselves into a character, and if that is so for Kingsolver's 'P.B.', then she is 'Adah'. Leah is such a strong person, and so level-headed. But as she grows into adulthood, I feel that she becomes obsessed-is that pathological or just passion? For eg., to adopt another country as one's own and to hate one's motherland to such an extent. I am a bit confused by the last chapter; is Ruth May the snake. Or is she the large woman all the Price ladies encounter. Or does that large woman represent Africa.
Would have loved to attend the meeting for this book's discussion, missed it!!