The Poisonwood Bible


Lead by the ever insightful and intelligent Mrs. Pounds we read Barbara Kingsolver's outstanding novel, The Poisonwood Bible. This fascinating read explores the lives of the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family on a mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.  Set during the time of the United State's instalment of the puppet leader Mobutu in this struggling nation, we are able to see the impact from fresh perspectives. The five unique voices of Nathan's wife, Orleanna, and daughters, Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth-May, provide a balanced view of the events occurring. This novel also explores the concepts of the impact of guilt, Western arrogance, and growth. 
The question of why we study literature is one often repeated in class. The messages learned from this novel and the discussions to which it lead serve as the perfect answer to that question.

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