"The Poisonwood Bible" Book Review by Master Researcher

"The Poisonwood Bible"
An analysis of "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver.
# 35224 | 900 words | 3 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 23, 2003 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines and analyzes "The Poisonwood Bible" in terms of how it depicts the effect of the international political economy on the nation and people of the Congo. The paper examines the main characters and describes how they convey the tyranny and repression of the Belgian Congo and Mobutu's Zaire. The paper concludes that the novel is far more effective than a non-fiction book in portraying the effects of the international political economy on the Congolese people.

From the Paper:

"Barbara Kingsolver's brilliant novel, The Poisonwood Bible, is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo's desperate fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, and the Central Intelligence Agency coup to install a replacement leader who will be friendly to the West. More compellingly, it also traces the insidious progress of the power brokers in the international political economy, who systematically rob the fledgling African nation of its economic, political, and cultural autonomy in a manner which was all too typical of Western policies towards weak Third World states.
"Against this backdrop, through Orleanna Price, Kingsolver (1999) reconstructs the story of her evangelist husband's part in the Western assault on Africa, through a tale darkened by her own personal losses and her struggle with unanswerable questions about her own culpability. Kerr (1998) notes that also narrating the story, by turns, are her four daughters--the self-centered, teenager Rachel, the shrewd adolescent twins Leah and Adah, and Ruth May, a prescient five-year-old."

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