While I was on vacation I read Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I thought the movie was pretty good, so I figured the book would be better. And, of course, it was. Good story, well-written, and pretty closely-adapted to movie form. All good. I felt a little deceived when I read the postscript, but otherwise enjoyed it thoroughly.

Next I read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and I wished I’d read it before the other one because I couldn’t stand to put it down. It was sad, tragic, fascinating, beautiful, even funny at times…everything you could ask for in a book. Set in the 1960s, it’s about a missionary family in the Congo and is narrated by the mother and four daughters who each have a distinctive voice and perspective on events. I thought it was the best book I’d read in a long time. Highly recommended. Three thumbs up.

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