Year Published: 1998
This was my third attempt to read this book, spanning the last four years. I'm glad I never gave it up entirely, because this is one of the best books I've ever read. From the author's voice (the story is narrated by five different characters, each with their own nuances and style) to the subject matter, this book was captivating. Detailing almost the entire life span of a family of six who travels to the Congo as missionaries in the 1960s, it is informative (I can't imagine the research that must have gone into this novel) and heartbreaking. I found that it started slow, but the third time I picked it up I guess I passed that danger zone of slowness, because I was unable to put it down. I had basically zero knowledge of the historical position of this novel, and feel I've emerged both sadder and wiser. I should also say that I shed copious amounts of tears while reading this novel, so be forewarned.
Challenge/s: TBR, New Classics, 1% Well-Read, Well-Rounded
Book-a-Week #: 40