The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2004
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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. The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. Against this backdrop, Orleanna Price reconstructs the story of her evangelist husband's part in the Western assault on Africa, a tale indelibly darkened by her own losses and unanswerable questions about her own culpability. Also narrating the story, by turns, are her four daughters-- the self-centered, teenaged Rachel; shrewd adolescent twins Leah and Adah; and Ruth May, a prescient five-year-old. These sharply observant girls, who arrive in the Congo with racial preconceptions forged in 1950s Georgia, will be marked in surprisingly different ways by their father's intractable mission, and by Africa itself. Ultimately each must strike her own separate path to salvation. Their passionately intertwined stories become a compelling exploration of moral risk and personal responsibility."--Publisher website.
Publisher: Grand Haven : Brilliance Audio, 2004.
ISBN: 9781455800940
Characteristics: 13 compact discs (16 hrs.)
Subjects: Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1960-1997 -- Fiction.
Americans -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction.
Missionaries -- Fiction.
Compact discs, Book.
Additional Contributors: Robertson, Dean (P. Dean)


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Jun 02, 2017

I am hoping to get The Poisonwood Bible by June 20 if possible.


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Mar 18, 2018

I trusted too long in false reassurances, believing as we all want to do when men speak of the national interest, that it is also ours. In the end, my lot was cast with the Congo. Poor Congo, barefoot bride of men who took her jewels and promised the Kingdom.


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