1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The first book I finished this year was The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Phew.

I'd resisted reading this book. I've started it several times, and never made it past the first chapter. Even this time, I almost put it down before I'd made it past 10 or 12 pages. I have a tendency to do that. If a book doesn't grab me right away; fuck it.

Harper convinced me to read the first 50 pages, a tactic she takes with troublesome books. And I was caught. Caught in this beautiful, tragic story that Kingsolver tells so well. I've never read any of her other books, but I plan on doing so now.


Harper said...

Animal Dreams by her is absolutely fantastic. It was the first book that I finished in Asia!

4:23 PM  
black treacle said...

yeah. I read this book about 18 months ago or so. It was recommended by a colleague who knows the kind of stuff I go for. I loved it! Once I got going with it, it was unputdownable. Coming form a very religious background myself (british Nigerian)I found it totally fascinating. Haven't read anything else by her yet tho. Probably give it 8 out of 10.

12:56 PM  
Bie said...

This is a heartbreaking story about one family’s horrific experience in Africa. I loved how the characters were so much alike, but at the same time so very different. Reading each of their perspectives was a really unique way of writing the story.

Seriously, this book is incredible. It is one of those novels that educates and draws out that part of you that wants to change the world, an eye opener to the real problems of the world.

This book is excellent for everyone!

8:14 AM  

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