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The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible Resources

Websites

Kingsolver Site-ing

You can read an excerpt and about 100 (give or take 10) glowing reviews of The Poisonwood Bible on Kingsolver's website. Add us to that list of people offering critical acclaim.

More Fun than a Barrel of Green Mambas

HarperCollins, publisher of The Poisonwood Bible, has an odd definition of "fun," but their Fun Stuff page for Barbara Kingsolver does offer some suggestions of other authors you might enjoy.

Articles and Interviews

Miss Thing

In this Library Thing interview, Barbara Kingsolver dishes on religion, marriage, and her favorite scene in the book. (Spoiler: she doesn't have one. What's yours?)

Hearts in Darkness

The New York Times criticizes Kingsolver for "transforming many of her characters into one-dimensional pawns in a starkly lit morality play." Do you agree that the political spotlight shone a little too brightly, or was it lit just right?

Video

Rumble in the Jungle

This classic boxing match between Muhammad Ali and grill salesman George Foreman is called out as one of many egregious excesses of Joseph Mobutu. What do you think people at the time thought about the political ramifications of the fight, if anything?

Trailing Behind

There are dozens of fan-made trailers for a non-existent Poisonwood Bible movie on YouTube. This one has some pretty neat nature shots. Jack Hanna, eat your heart out.

Audio

Talk of the Nation... the Nation of the Congo

In this 1999 radio interview on Talk of the Nation (complete with all the gaffes of live radio!), Barbara Kingsolver talks about the history of American political fiction, and where she fits in with American greats like John Steinbeck.

The Poisonwood Audio Bible

While the reader isn't quite as passionate as Nathan Price giving a sermon, this audiobook sample is worth a listen.

Images

Mission: Impossible?

This is a real church in the Congo, and it's probably about 1,000 times larger than the one the Price family had in Kilanga village.

Polly Want the Congo

Methuselah the parrot probably looked like this: an African Grey Parrot. This is the before-he-got-eaten shot, of course.

Awkward Family Photos

This groovy 1960s-era family in their Sunday best could totally be the Price family... after a bath and a trip to the Laundromat.

Keeps Whites White

One of the many American conveniences the Prices had to do without, Clorox, is featured in this classic ad from 1964.

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