Saturday, 3 September 2011

The Poisonwood Bible

The Stromness Library Reading Group got off to a lively start after our long summer break when we discussed The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. At over 500 pages this was not a light read in any sense but the group found much to praise and to ponder in Kingsolver's handling of her tale, which traces the interwoven histories of an American missionary family and the Belgian Congo.  The Price family find themselves changed forever by their experiences in a place where human nature and the natural world are experienced at their extremes, and where a growing sense of foreboding ends in tragedy for both the Prices and the Congo.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 28th September at 7pm when we will be discussing a selection of short stories by Katherine Mansfield. New members are very welcome and as always there will be tea and coffee provided.

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