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Willkommen in Kilanga (1998)

von Barbara Kingsolver

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The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters.
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    jlelliott: Each tells the story of Christian missionaries in Africa, one from the perspective of the missionaries, one from the perspective of the local people targeted for "salvation".
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I found The Poisonwood Bible to be riveting, tragic and at times really hilarious (Rachel calling Leah "The Bride of Africa" had me cracking up) but the last 200 pages or so felt like the endings to all The Lord of the Rings movies. Just when you think it's fading to black for the credits, there's another goddamn scene to get through.

I loved all the difference perspectives, I found Nathan's character a bit simplistic, which I suppose was the point but I thought it was unfair to his character that he ended up burned to cinders in a tree.

Leah became rather insufferable towards the end of the novel with her self-righteous indignation on behalf of all the friggin' Congo - complaining about manioc or the imprisonment of her husband when she returns, on her own accord to the country not once, not twice but three times she chooses misery. Talk about white-whine in the most literal sense. I had no sympathy for her and got tired of her harpin' and frankly skipped most of her rambling.

Out of everyone, Rachel turned out to be my favorite character as an adult. She was ruthless, pragmatic and painfully aloof about certain things but really, really likable. She's probably the only family member that turned out decent from their Congo experience.



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  MC_Rolon | Jun 15, 2022 |
Kingsolver at her best! A devastating but beautifully written look at the effects of the religious and racist arrogance of an American Baptist preacher and his family in post colonial Africa. Achingly hard to read yet compelling, I was tossed from side to side as both cultures are impacted, destroyed and ultimately reborn. A masterpiece! ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
Very good read and quite interesting. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
Resonates ( )
  iamkbee | Apr 7, 2022 |
This book will break your heart three times before breakfast. It will eat you on the inside. Excellent voices for each of the narrators.
  et.carole | Jan 21, 2022 |
Kingsolver once wrote that ""The point [of portraying other cultures] is not to emulate other lives, or usurp their wardrobes. The point is to find sense.'' Her effort to make sense of the Congo's tragic struggle for independence is fully realized, richly embroidered, triumphant.
hinzugefügt von Shortride | bearbeitenNewsweek (Nov 9, 1998)
 
A writer who casts a preacher as a fool and a villain had best not be preachy. Kingsolver manages not to be, in part because she is a gifted magician of words--her sleight-of-phrase easily distracting a reader who might be on the point of rebellion. Her novel is both powerful and quite simple. It is also angrier and more direct than her earlier books.
hinzugefügt von Shortride | bearbeitenTime, John Skow (Nov 9, 1998)
 
The Congo permeates ''The Poisonwood Bible,'' and yet this is a novel that is just as much about America, a portrait, in absentia, of the nation that sent the Prices to save the souls of a people for whom it felt only contempt, people who already, in the words of a more experienced missionary, ''have a world of God's grace in their lives, along with a dose of hardship that can kill a person entirely.''
 
Although ''The Poisonwood Bible'' takes place in the former Belgian Congo and begins in 1959 and ends in the 1990's, Barbara Kingsolver's powerful new book is actually an old-fashioned 19th-century novel, a Hawthornian tale of sin and redemption and the ''dark necessity'' of history.
 

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I could never work out whether we were to view religion as a life-insurance policy or a life sentence. I can understand a wrathful God who'd just as soon dangle us all from a hook. And I can understand a tender, unprejudiced Jesus. But I could never quite figure the two of them living in the same house.
It is true that I do not speak as well as I can think. But that is true of most people, as nearly as I can tell.
While my husband's intentions crystallized as rock salt, and while I preoccupied myself with private survival, the Congo breathed behind the curtain of forest, preparing to roll over us like a river.
Overpopulation has deforested 3/4 of Africa, yielding drought, famine, and the probable extinction of all animals most beloved by children and zoos.... Africa has a thousand ways of cleaning itself. Driver ants, Ebola virus, AIDS, all these are brooms devised by nature to sweep a small clearing very well.
Back home we have the most glorious garden each and every summer, so it's only natural that my father thought to bring over seeds in his pockets: Kentucky Wonder beans, crookneck and patty-pan squash, Big Boy tomatoes. He planned to make a demonstration garden, from which we'd gather a harvest for our table and also supply food and seeds to the villagers. It was to be our first African miracle: an infinite chain of benevolence rising from these small, crackling seed packets, stretching out from our garden into a circle of other gardens, flowing outward across the Congo like ripples from a rock dropped in a pond.... Father started clearing a pot of ground out of the jungle's edge near our house, and packing off rows.... He beat down a square of tall grass and wild pink flowers ... Then he bent over and began to rip out long handfuls of grass with quick, energetic jerks as though tearing out the hair of the world.... "Leah," he enquired, "why do you think the Lord gave us seeds to grow, instead of having our dinner just spring up out there on the ground like a bunch of field rocks? Because the Lord helps those that help themselves."
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The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters.

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