REVIEW: The Poisonwood Bible


Title: The Poisonwood Bible
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Finished: December 20, 2009
Pages: 546
Published: 1998
Format: Paperback

Another book with lots of hype that I was extremely excited to read.

The Poisonwood Bible is about a family of the church who move to Africa to mission and try to build a church. With four girls to take care of, the parents find themselves in dire circumstances over and over again. The mother wants desperately to take her children away, while her husband won’t leave the people to sin and die.

While it was a very interesting to see the evolution of the characters and the different female perspectives, I was not as impressed with the story in the end as I had hoped. The diversity of characters, their points of view, growth and separate lives were intriguing and that was probably my most favorite part more than anything else.

It was also interesting reading the story through only the eyes of the female characters and not from any males. Overall I was glad I read the story, but it didn’t seem as great as it was made out to be.

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