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Another surprise for me. I picked up The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, expecting to put it back down as uninteresting. A family living as missionaries in the Congo? Been there, read that. I had flashbacks to Conrad's Heart of Darkness (Norton Critical Editions) and visions of Apocalypse Now: Redux, the film with Marlon Brando based on Conrad's book.
Imagine my surprise when I saw the family went there in the 1950s, at a much later date than the time in Conrad's book, which had traders in the Belgian Congo in the 19th century.
I have only just begun The Poisonwood Bible but I'm intrigued by the first chapters - the preparations the family makes, the items of clothing, household goods, and other things they decide they will most definitely need. More on the book later.
Here's another book I found in a pile of books I am "fostering" while a friend undergoes house renovation: Cloud Mountain: A Novel by Aimee E. Liu. Based on the lives of her grandparents, the book is about a teacher Hope Leon and her husband Liang Po-Yu, separated by war in China in the 1940s. The story spans four decades.
The historical aspects should be interesting. China in the 1930s and early 1940s has a fascinating history of war and upheaval. This is also what I'll be reading!
Would you believe I have other books that I've started and have to finish, too many to list here.
What are you reading this week and next?