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The Poisonwood Bible

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The Poisonwood Bible By Barbara Kingsolver, book reviewThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is one of these books, a “modern classic” if you will, which everyone seemed to have read and raved about…except me. I finally caught up and read it recently; having noted a reference to it in a non-fiction book, I was keen to read a novel set in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The novel tells the story of the Price family; father Nathan, an American preacher, takes his wife and four daughters to the Belgian Congo in 1959 on a mission to spread Christianity. The Poisonwood Bible is the story of what happens in the village of Kilanga, and the aftermath over the next three decades.

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Blood River

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Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart By (author) Tim ButcherBlood River tells the story of Tim Butcher’s journey along the length of the Congo River, recreating the journey undertaken in 1874-1877 by Sir Henry Morton Stanley, a journalist and explorer. Stanley’s journey helped open up the Congo, as much as the interior of the Congo ever has been open.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was for many years the Belgian Congo. It has also been known as Zaire and the Congo Free State. Many of its towns and cities were renamed after independence to shake off the colonial past.

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