Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Book 10

Just finished up book 10 - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

This is a fictional book about a missionary, Nathan Price, and his family who go to the Congo in 1959. It is told through the view points of his wife and 4 daughters.

Nathan is a stubborn, hot headed, unchanging, idiot. You just want to slap him through the whole book. His wife and daughters are very interesting characters and I like them all for different reasons. His wife is the typical mother only thrown into a jungle and has to figure out how to feed her children and keep them safe. Oldest daughter, Rachel, is a typical teenage girl from the states and blonde...and not just her hair color. Leah and Adah are twins, but so very different. Leah is a tomboy, strong willed, always trying to gain her fathers approval, and feisty. Adah was born with a condition where only half her brain works (i think) so she limps and chooses not to speak, but she is very smart and sees the world for what it really is. Ruth May is the baby, only 5. She is a leader, fun, smart, energetic kid.

They all soon realize that their lives in the Congo are not anything like they thought they would be. They have to fend for themselves and are not making many friends with the local tribe. Mostly due to their father's unwillingness to...well basically to be human. Tragedy after tragedy occurs.

I got halfway through this book and was still struggling to get through it. I liked it but wasn't loving it. I pushed through and ended up liking the second half more. I wouldn't say it was one of my favorite books, but I did end up enjoying it. I would still recommend it to others.

1 comment:

Alexia said...

I liked this book too, but also had to push my way through it. It actually has made me wary of reading any of her other books because I'm afraid they are going to be just as hard to get through.