The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible is a bestselling novel about a missionary family that moves from the US State of Georgia to the village of Kilanga, close to the Kwilu River. It is a historical, domestic, and women’s fiction book. It is written by an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work focuses on a range of topics such as biodiversity and social justice. She depicts the interaction between humans and their different communities, along with the environment. Her books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list since 1993. She has been awarded numerous awards along with nominations for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. You can also give Flight Behavior a try. Besides that, you should consider reading Unsheltered.

Dean Robertson uses a flat monotone voice throughout her performance. Her narration lacks the punch and the zeal that is required by the audience.

The title of the novel refers to Bible errata. The father of the family creates a misprint of the Bible. He concludes his sermon with the phrase “Tata Jesus is bangala” which was intended to be “Jesus is most precious” but turned out to be “Jesus is poisonwood” in his hurried mispronunciation.

Nathan Price is a fierce evangelical Baptist with his family of four daughters and a wife. As they move to the Belgian Congo in 1959, they take everything with them that they need, from garden seeds to Scripture. But soon, they find that it is calamitously transformed on African soil.

Even though the book is held back by the uninspired narration, it manages to stand on the strong shoulders of the uniqueness of the plot and the mesmerizing characters. The theme of imperialism is also ever-present in the book.


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