Book Review – The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – from an old #Journal

1999-02-15 I had read Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.  I loved it.  I quoted it for a handful of pages.  But before I did, I said this about it: “I came away from this book feeling as if I had the scent of Africa on my skin.  It was historically accurate and vividly descriptive.  The story of a mission family told through the eyes of four daugthers and a wife.  It is very recommend-able. Enjoyed.”

For an excerpt of the book, click: here.

 

A review of the book can be found on The Guardian.

The author’s bio can be found on her website: here.

The quotes that I found fascinating are here:

“Adah: “Sunrise, tantalize, evil eyes, hypnotize: that is the morning Congo Pink… Blossomy rose-color birdsong air streaked sour with breakfast cookfires.”

Adah: “It was neither diabolical nor divine; it but shook the doors of the prison house of my disposition; and like the captives of Philippi, that which stood within ran forth.”

Tata Jesus is bangala!

Adah (after the lion tracked her and then ran after another scent): “I wonder that religion can live or die on the strength of a faint, stirring breeze.  The scent trail shifts, causing the predator to miss the pounce.  One god draws in the breath of life and rises; another god expires.”

(my fave quote) “When I want to take God at his word, exactly, I take a peep out the window at His creation. Because that, darling, He makes fresh for us every day without a lout of dubious middle managers.”

“The sting of a fly, the Congolese say, can launch the end of the world.”

“Who else could make the colors of the aurora borealis rise off my skin where he strokes my forearm?”

 

It has been so long since I read this book, the storyline is a smoky shadow in my brain. However, just from reading those quotes I remember how fascinated I was with the multi-view narrative and the flourish of description.  I will need to re-read the book and then update the blog with how I feel about the book 18 years later.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Thoughts and Ponderances on WordPress.com

Archives

Blogs I Follow

Chelle’s Twitter

Franklenstein

Frank book reviews

The Wild Ramp

Local Foods, Local Values

The Elliptical Saloon

Weblog for WhiteHouseMuseum.org

Stories by Jake Fuentes on Medium

The Adventures Of Chelle

Stories by Yonatan Zunger on Medium

The Adventures Of Chelle

Books – Nerdist

The Adventures Of Chelle

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!

Appalachian Magazine

The Adventures Of Chelle

Beyond the Edge

National Geographic Adventure Blog

The Plate

| Serving Daily Discussions on Food | National Geographic

Phenomena

A science salon

A Change of Tune

The Adventures Of Chelle

Barnes & Noble Reads

The Adventures Of Chelle

Omnivoracious

The Adventures Of Chelle

A Little Blog of Books

Book reviews and other literary-related musings

Books blog | The Guardian

The Adventures Of Chelle

Love and Lemons

The Adventures Of Chelle

Outdoor Photographer

The Adventures Of Chelle

Eureka! Tent Blog

The Adventures Of Chelle

Beyond the Campsite

Clean Camp; New Journeys

Run, Selfie, Repeat

The Adventures Of Chelle

Lazy Girl Running

The Adventures Of Chelle

THAT BACKPACKER

The Adventures Of Chelle

Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

The Adventures Of Chelle

The Sidewalk

•A Sustainable Paper•

cractpot.wordpress.com/

We're all a little mad here

insatiabletravelerdotcom1.wordpress.com/

Life Life. Embrace Adventure. World Travel | Award-winning Photography| Inspiration | Tips

Nerdy Book Club

A community of readers

TED Blog

The TED Blog shares interesting news about TED, TED Talks video, the TED Prize and more.

Lens Cap

Casual glimpes into mundane suburbia

%d bloggers like this: