“The Poisonwood Bible” Review

4.5 stars

I have never felt more useless and hopeless for the future of a civilization. The amount of pain and hardship the continent of Africa has had to endure is almost too much for me to handle. I suddenly feel as if everything I own and experience I take for granted. Barbara does an outstanding job describing the tragic realities of imperialism and colonizing Africa.

Character wise, I loved how distinct the girls’ voices are within this book. We read from the eyes of five women; Ruth May, the youngest; Leah and Adah, twins; Rachel, the eldest;and Orleanna Price, the mother. My favorites were the mother and Leah as far as whom I liked the most and found had the most character growth. But, while I certainly didn’t like Rachel, seeing how privileged and ignorant her character remained, I thought, did an excellent job of representing the millions of people that thought and acted just like her, refusing to see the truth. The only character I didn’t really feel the need to read from was Adah. I found her to be a little too much of a pity-partier and too “unique” for my taste. The one character we never read from is Nathan Price, an extremely religious missionary. He truly believed what he did was right, which I found maddening. I absolutely despised him, and just how insane he was. While I know countless of wonderful Christians, there are still far too many religious extremists like him that exist.

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