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tinahartpdx, October 14, 2013 (view all comments by tinahartpdx)
This is one of my most favorite books. Kingsolver crafts the tale from the viewpoints of a mother and her 4 children working as missionaries in the Congo. Their father/husband is not given a distinct voice in the book but instead his character is built through the women. Each voice is distinctly different without being unbelievable. The book is suspenseful, at times frustrating, and very human. It's one that I enjoy reading and re-reading to see how my opinions and views of the characters change based on my own growth.
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Cecil, January 9, 2010 (view all comments by Cecil)
I've always enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver's work, but when this was suggested at my women's book group, I balked at reading it. However, it zoomed to the top of my list of all-time favorites and has stayed there. The writing is wonderful, the story is fascinating and the book has everything: love, mystery, comedy, tragedy, science, nature, history, politics and much more. It is by turns funny, sad, fascinating and educational. I have lots of notes, comments and marks in the margins -- something I haven't done since college -- and many, many pages have been turned down to mark something extraordinary. I have passed this book on to everyone I know and a few people I don't. Each time a friend starts reading it or I buy a copy to give to an acquaintance, I am so excited I read it again myself. Kingsolver deserved every price she received for this and all the ones she did not.
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Laurie Forsman, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by Laurie Forsman)
One of the best! I don't always remember the names of books I've read, but this one I've never forgotten. Everyone should read it.
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Slick, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Slick)
This is an amazing book about the difficulties of living abroad. I was often reminded of my days in The Peace Corps.
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quitodancer, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by quitodancer)
This book was nearly impossible to put down.
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A Novel
Kingsolver, Barbara
New York :
Domestic fiction
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Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)
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October 1999
8.06x5.38x1.31 in. 1.02 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Compelling, lyrical and utterly believable."
"Synopsis" by , In 1959, Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his four young daughters, his wife, and his mission to the Belgian Congo — a place, he is sure, where he can save needy souls. But the seeds they plant bloom in tragic ways within this complex culture. Set against one of the most dramatic political events of the twentieth century — the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium and its devastating consequences — here is New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Kingslover's beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable epic that chronicles the disintegration of family and a nation.
"Synopsis" by , In her first novel since "Pigs in Heaven", Kingsolver offers a compelling exploration of religion, conscience, imperialist arrogance, and the many paths to redemption. An American missionary and his family travel to the Congo in 1959, a time of tremendous political and social upheaval. Web feature.
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