Reviewing the summer in bits

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Tags: books, The Poisonwood Bible

Date: 08 September 2005 19:44:48

It's been so long since I've been writing properly and the post before last did a good job of listing some of the reasons why. Lists however are a little uninteresting. I'm off to another festival tomorrow, so I'll tell you about all of those when I'm back, what I will review today will be the book that has consumed most of my summer - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It's a fantastic book detailing the lives of the wife and four daugthers of an unhinged Baptist missionary in 1960's Congo. Anyone wanting to take their family on mission should read this book, but it offers the rest of us a wonderful perspective on a world seen through the eyes of mother Orleanna trying to both serve her husband and protect her daughters whose narratives make up the bulk of the book. Kingsolver's gift for language in so many forms means that you are able to fully believe that there are five different authors making up the text, I don't normally gush about books, but The Poisonwood Bible stirs up so many emotions that it's impossible not to pass on the enthusiasm it generates.

I'm sure you've made up your mind by now whether or not you're going to take my advice and read this book, so I'll get on with my day and let you get on with yours - hopefully back soon with some festival reviews, and perhaps the story of the passport photo...