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Gli occhi negli alberi (1998)

di Barbara Kingsolver

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The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters.
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    L'aiuto di Kathryn Stockett (paulkid)
    paulkid: Race relations on different continents, told from multiple female perspectives.
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    La tenda rossa di Anita Diamant (derelicious)
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    Il crollo di Chinua Achebe (jlelliott)
    jlelliott: Each tells the story of Christian missionaries in Africa, one from the perspective of the missionaries, one from the perspective of the local people targeted for "salvation".
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    Una magnifica estate di Barbara Kingsolver (Booksloth)
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    La porta delle lacrime di Abraham Verghese (momofthreewi)
    momofthreewi: Both are rich in character development and centered around unique families.
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    L'albero dei fagioli di Barbara Kingsolver (kraaivrouw)
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    Cuore di tenebra di Joseph Conrad (WSB7)
    WSB7: Both about "colonialisms" abuses in the Congo, among other themes.
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    Cry, the Beloved Country di Alan Paton (allenmichie)
  9. 92
    La mia Africa di Isak Dinesen (allenmichie)
  10. 82
    Un mondo altrove di Barbara Kingsolver (GreenVelvet)
  11. 60
    Passaggio in India di E. M. Forster (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: You could use the theme of colonialism to pair The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver with Passage to India by E. M. Forster.
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    King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa di Adam Hochschild (baobab)
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    Costa delle zanzare di Paul Theroux (whirled)
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    The Book of Negroes di Lawrence Hill (Bcteagirl)
    Bcteagirl: The book has a similar familial tone and is also told from the point of view of young girls growing up in a difficult situation. I had been looking for a book with a similar writing style and was happy to find this one. If you liked The Book of Negroes I recommend The Poisonwood Bible and vice versa.… (altro)
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    Il dio delle piccole cose di Arundhati Roy (kiwiflowa)
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    Jesus Land: A Memoir di Julia Scheeres (literarysarah)
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    Fiume di sangue. Un viaggio nel cuore infranto dell'Africa di Tim Butcher (CatherineRM)
    CatherineRM: I love both these books and they nicely juxtapose each other with their Congo total immersion albeit one fictional and one factual. Tim Butcher traces the Congo River from its source through the dense equatorial land that the protagonist of the Kingsolver book occupied with his suffering family. Both books made a lasting impression on me and I have great time for Africa as I lived in Tanzania - close to Congo geographically for most of the time - and it has a big place in my heart. Read both books and be enriched!… (altro)
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    State of Wonder di Ann Patchett (sweetbug)
    sweetbug: Similar themes of conflict between two cultures, Westerners living and working in an exotic and dangerous land, and parents / surrogate parents protecting (or not) their children from harm.
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    Il ‰giorno dei colombi di Louise Erdrich (charl08)
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    The Civilized World di Susi Wyss (ShortStoryLover)
    ShortStoryLover: Although it's much shorter than Poisonwood, The Civilized World also has multiple points of view from female perspectives and the chapters are almost all set in various parts of present-day Africa.

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I put off reading this book for over five years, being drawn to it on one hand by its numerous literary awards as well as for its purported insights into life in post-colonial Central Africa. On the other hand, I kept asking myself if I really wanted to read a book that just might be about the hardships of an American missionary wife and her four daughters sent to the Congo during the 1960's. Reader's reviews didn't settle the case, with a few considering the book long and boring, or somehow insulting to Christianity and / or the foreign policy of the United States, and others describing the book with highest praise. Finally swung by a fairly high cumulative rating by the Goodreads community, I picked up the book, and ultimately found it hard to put down. I found I had nothing to fear from those who's sensibilities dealing with their faith or their politics were somehow offended, for that was far from the case. While true that the unforgiving fire and brimstone preaching Reverend Price was not portrayed as a likable character, other Christian missionaries discussed were characterized as highly effective and likable characters. But those were side issues, for the book isn't about U.S. foreign policy nor about a Baptist mission in the Congo. It's really about the lives of the American missionary family who volunteered to spend a year in Africa. The book is reminiscent in style of another recent popular book, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", in that both stories are told not in a continuous narrative style, but rather in the form of alternating letters or memories of the affected individuals, specifically in this case, the wife of Reverend Price, and her four daughters. As the individual stories were told, the personality, strengths and weaknesses of each was developed, and I became drawn to hear more of the story from each of their perspectives. It seemed that the responses of each of the women represented the wide spectrum of responses possible to hardship and adversity, such as avoidance, acceptance, rebellion, and triumph, as well as an ability to see the world at large and beyond a parochial American viewpoint. The story begins with the family's initial mission in the Congo, and then continues and shows how the time in Africa impacted each of their lives. I thought the book was well researched and presented an accurate portrayal of African life as well as missionary life. And although the responses of each individual cannot be taken as expected nor predictable, they can be considered to inclusive in terms of the types of response one might expect after being uprooted and transported to such a different place and lifestyle. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Barbara Kingsolver (2005) ( )
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
This book picked up speed as it went along. I loved the perspective of all the different women, and they all picked up the story at just the right time. The whole book wraps you up in the intense drama of the Price family and the Congo from 1959-onward, though I think I enjoyed the final section the most. This is heart-breaking and thought-provoking fiction at its finest. Tata Jesus is bangala! ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
It took me a while to get into it. The book is incredibly dense and filled with internal monologues and I didn't quite "get" it. After about 100 pages or so, I was completely hooked. Kingsolver's writing is magical, there's a 50 page section about 3/4s of the way through the book that is so beautifully written, I'm still in awe.

The last 20% of the book or so felt a bit bloated as an extended denouement, but I was still intrigued. I think the reason this is a 4 for me instead of a 4.5 or a 5 is that the core subject isn't as appealing to me. I love historical fiction and learned a lot during the book, but I am terrified of the jungle, the heat, bugs, starving and apex predators like Crocodiles. So naturally, the book itself made me not want to go anywhere near this part of the world and that revulsion hurts the rating a bit. That's not a knock against the book itself, just my own personal preference.

Overall, a very effective novel. I struggled with it early, but the development of the main characters and the depth of knowledge of the Congo/Zaire is staggering. The variety of the narration was extremely effective. And I'll never forget "that" part of the book. In that section, I felt like Kingsolver was like Spielberg in some of his visual shots - so skillful, they just have to show off (in a positive way). ( )
  hskey | May 18, 2021 |
Kingsolver's book is story-telling par excellence. I love the shifting perspectives and the language in the book is beautiful. I felt present while reading the book. The tale is devastating and wonderful: much like Africa. Kingsolver did a particularly successful job at exploring the ambiguous nature of evil and righteousness. Also, an interesting theme of womanhood and repression. Africa stands as a great metaphor for this relationship. The chapter on Orleana's funeral preparations for Ruth May will remain forever stamped on my heart. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Kingsolver once wrote that ""The point [of portraying other cultures] is not to emulate other lives, or usurp their wardrobes. The point is to find sense.'' Her effort to make sense of the Congo's tragic struggle for independence is fully realized, richly embroidered, triumphant.
aggiunto da Shortride | modificaNewsweek (Nov 9, 1998)
 
A writer who casts a preacher as a fool and a villain had best not be preachy. Kingsolver manages not to be, in part because she is a gifted magician of words--her sleight-of-phrase easily distracting a reader who might be on the point of rebellion. Her novel is both powerful and quite simple. It is also angrier and more direct than her earlier books.
aggiunto da Shortride | modificaTime, John Skow (Nov 9, 1998)
 
The Congo permeates ''The Poisonwood Bible,'' and yet this is a novel that is just as much about America, a portrait, in absentia, of the nation that sent the Prices to save the souls of a people for whom it felt only contempt, people who already, in the words of a more experienced missionary, ''have a world of God's grace in their lives, along with a dose of hardship that can kill a person entirely.''
 
Although ''The Poisonwood Bible'' takes place in the former Belgian Congo and begins in 1959 and ends in the 1990's, Barbara Kingsolver's powerful new book is actually an old-fashioned 19th-century novel, a Hawthornian tale of sin and redemption and the ''dark necessity'' of history.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Barbara Kingsolverautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Beard, ElliottDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Metz, JulieProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Meyer, HanTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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I could never work out whether we were to view religion as a life-insurance policy or a life sentence. I can understand a wrathful God who'd just as soon dangle us all from a hook. And I can understand a tender, unprejudiced Jesus. But I could never quite figure the two of them living in the same house.
It is true that I do not speak as well as I can think. But that is true of most people, as nearly as I can tell.
While my husband's intentions crystallized as rock salt, and while I preoccupied myself with private survival, the Congo breathed behind the curtain of forest, preparing to roll over us like a river.
Overpopulation has deforested 3/4 of Africa, yielding drought, famine, and the probable extinction of all animals most beloved by children and zoos.... Africa has a thousand ways of cleaning itself. Driver ants, Ebola virus, AIDS, all these are brooms devised by nature to sweep a small clearing very well.
Back home we have the most glorious garden each and every summer, so it's only natural that my father thought to bring over seeds in his pockets: Kentucky Wonder beans, crookneck and patty-pan squash, Big Boy tomatoes. He planned to make a demonstration garden, from which we'd gather a harvest for our table and also supply food and seeds to the villagers. It was to be our first African miracle: an infinite chain of benevolence rising from these small, crackling seed packets, stretching out from our garden into a circle of other gardens, flowing outward across the Congo like ripples from a rock dropped in a pond.... Father started clearing a pot of ground out of the jungle's edge near our house, and packing off rows.... He beat down a square of tall grass and wild pink flowers ... Then he bent over and began to rip out long handfuls of grass with quick, energetic jerks as though tearing out the hair of the world.... "Leah," he enquired, "why do you think the Lord gave us seeds to grow, instead of having our dinner just spring up out there on the ground like a bunch of field rocks? Because the Lord helps those that help themselves."
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The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters.

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