The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

Published in 1998

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood.


People of the Congo

The Poisonwood Bible is about a family called The Prices who travel to the Congo as missionaries to the people of the Kilanga province. Once arriving they realize how poorly prepared they were for this journey and face many hardships. The book is spread out into six separate books with different messages in each one.


Nathan Price, father, very heavy Baptist minister.

Orleanna Price, caring, loving mother, very beaten down by Nathan.

Rachel Price, oldest daughter, starts off very self-involved and changes throughout.

Leah and Adah Price, twin sisters, Leah is very influenced by her father and a faithful worshipper, Adah has a deformity called ¨hemiplegia¨ which prevents her from using the left side of her body, she is a brilliant observer.

Ruth May Price, youngest, very fierce and adventurous.

Congo Landscape

What I Liked

I didn't really enjoy the book much, but I did like how it was very real and different. There are families who face mental and physical abuse from their family members, in this case their father and Kingsolver really showed how much this effected the family.

What I Disliked

I didn't like how there wasn't much change and it all took place in the Congo, but that is what this story is about so its not that bad.


The theme of The Poisonwood Bible is family. Family is such an intense idea in this book because each member of the family has different traits which really put the story together.


Created with images by kassoum_kone - "child child young child face" • D-Stanley - "Diosso Gorge in Congo"

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