The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

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What, if anything, do you take from the Poisonwood Bible?

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I loved this book!  What did I take from it?  First, I notice the differences between the African culture in the Congo and the colonists--The Belgiums, especially.  The Africans were extremely angry at the way they had been treated and repressed, as well they should be.  One example was the rubber plant plantations and how the worker's hand was cut off if the amount of rubber in the container at the end of the day was not sufficient.  Yikes!

Political and social upheaval, and a difference in religious practices are two more cultural differences and reason for miscommunication and distrust.

Above all, the beauty and poetry of the language of this book made me happy.  It is wonderful reading, and I absolutely loved the difference in tone and diction (word choice) from the point of view of each character.  Ada's character is...

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