History Literature / ThePoisonwoodBible

15th Jul '17 1:43:23 PM nombretomado
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** Nathan's backstory; he was the only member of his division to survive the [[WorldWarII Bataan Death March]], and it was the reason he was so steadfastly committed to spreading the gospel, even as the events of the book broke him further.

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** Nathan's backstory; he was the only member of his division to survive the [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Bataan Death March]], and it was the reason he was so steadfastly committed to spreading the gospel, even as the events of the book broke him further.



* WorldWarII: Nathan lived through one of the more horrifying chapters of the Pacific theater, the Bataan Death March. It ends up as his FreudianExcuse throughout the novel.
18th May '17 2:22:16 PM saintleki
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* AuthorTract: Some see the book as a bit too obvious with its anti-colonial message.
10th Mar '17 5:30:19 PM capsaicinfinity
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* AmoralAfrikaner: Eeben Axelroot.
10th Feb '17 12:41:55 PM skadooshbag
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''The Poisonwood Bible'' is a 1998 bestselling novel by Barbara Kingsolver, telling the story of the Price family. Mother Orleanna, oldest sister Rachel, the twins Adah (who is a cripple and who rejects normal society) and Leah (tomboy and relatively religious), and the youngest, Ruth May, are taken by the head of the family, Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist, to be missionaries in the (Belgian) Congo. The story begins in 1959, and covers TheSixties.

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''The Poisonwood Bible'' is a 1998 bestselling novel by Barbara Kingsolver, telling the story of the Price family. Mother Orleanna, oldest sister Rachel, the twins Adah (who is a cripple and who rejects normal society) and Leah (tomboy and relatively religious), and the youngest, Ruth May, are taken by the head of the family, Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Fundamentalist Baptist, to be missionaries in the (Belgian) Congo. The story begins in 1959, and covers TheSixties.



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3rd Mar '15 7:14:08 PM Histryluvr
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* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler: Leah's]] four children remind her of her sisters, in order. [[spoiler: Pascal, the oldest, chases girls. Patrice is serious and adores his father. Martin is broody and Leah explicitly evokes Adah when describing him. And Nataniel is the youngest by a significant gap, assertive and playful, and inspires his mother to pray desperately over his sickly body.]]
10th Nov '14 9:31:48 AM EnglishGuruLady
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* AffectionateNickname: Sometimes played straight and sometimes subverted. Anatole's meaning is affectionate when he calls Leah "Beene." The Congolese also have nicknames for all the other Prices:
**Rachel's nickname is a subversion of the trope: Muvula, a white termite that comes out after the rain, because her skin and hair are so pale.
**Ruth May is called Bandu; this can mean either "the littlest; at the bottom" or in a more layered meaning, "the reason for everything."
**Adah's nickname translates to "Crooked Walker"; not affectionate, but not necessarily meant with derision, either.
1st Jul '14 7:08:10 AM hullflyer
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** As pointed out by Leah later in the book, the Price daughters' hope chests foreshadow their eventual marital statuses. Rachel cranks out numerous smaller projects. [[spoiler: This symbolizes her multiple failed marriages.]] Leah works steadily on one big project [[spoiler: , which symbolizes her steady commitment to Anatole in the face of numerous troubles]]. Adah disdains and makes fun of the whole thing [[spoiler: , symbolizing her decision to never marry and overall cynical view of the institution]]. Ruth May is considered too young and thus exempt [[spoiler: , just as she would be exempt from marriage because of her early death]].

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** As pointed out by Leah later in the book, the Price daughters' hope chests foreshadow their eventual marital statuses. Rachel cranks out numerous smaller projects. [[spoiler: This symbolizes her multiple failed marriages.]] Leah works steadily on one big project [[spoiler: , which project, [[spoiler:which symbolizes her steady commitment to Anatole in the face of numerous troubles]]. Adah disdains and makes fun of the whole thing [[spoiler: , symbolizing thing, [[spoiler:symbolizing her decision to never marry and overall cynical view of the institution]]. Ruth May is considered too young and thus exempt [[spoiler: , just exempt, [[spoiler:just as she would be exempt from marriage because of her early death]].
8th Mar '14 10:12:54 PM Fireblood
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After settling in somewhat, they discover that their mission will be a lot harder than they expected, and that the items they smuggled to the Congo are the wrong ones. That is before the Congo Crisis starts. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Crisis]] Nathan Price refuses to leave when the rest of the missionary organizations pull out, determined to spread the gospel. But even in the little isolated village they are in, which is relatively untouched by the revolution (or anything else), circumstances prove too difficult for the female Prices...

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After settling in somewhat, they discover that their mission will be a lot harder than they expected, and that the items they smuggled to the Congo are the wrong ones. That is before the Congo Crisis starts. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Crisis]] org/wiki/Congo_Crisis Congo Crisis]] starts. Nathan Price refuses to leave when the rest of the missionary organizations pull out, determined to spread the gospel. But even in the little isolated village they are in, which is relatively untouched by the revolution (or anything else), circumstances prove too difficult for the female Prices...
18th Sep '13 10:32:43 PM niyyuu
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After settling in somewhat, they discover that their mission will be a lot harder than they expected, and that the items they smuggled to the Congo are the wrong ones. That is before the revolution starts. Nathan Price refuses to leave when the rest of the missionary organizations pull out, determined to spread the gospel. But even in the little isolated village they are in, which is relatively untouched by the revolution (or anything else), circumstances prove too difficult for the female Prices...

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After settling in somewhat, they discover that their mission will be a lot harder than they expected, and that the items they smuggled to the Congo are the wrong ones. That is before the revolution Congo Crisis starts. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Crisis]] Nathan Price refuses to leave when the rest of the missionary organizations pull out, determined to spread the gospel. But even in the little isolated village they are in, which is relatively untouched by the revolution (or anything else), circumstances prove too difficult for the female Prices...
18th Aug '13 3:32:56 PM MacronNotes
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* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: Rachel, though personality-wise she tends to be closer to the trope's SpearCounterpart.
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