A general understanding of this theory and some of the key terms like positive psychology and quality of life can be invaluable in carrying out QOLT. The theory is also meant to help therapists better understand their clients and to better plan interventions for these clients.
On one hand, there is nothing new here, and on this same old tirade, I disagree strongly with the author. I cannot deny mistakes have been made in American foreign policy, and certainly events of the Congo, as presented in this book, would appear to be this way. I do not agree with this at all. Female circumcision should not be, regardless of whether it is a cultural tradition.
Not only does it serve no purpose to enhance the lives of either men or women, it is destructive to them. At the same time, the American high-fat, high-sugar diet, while traditional burgers, fries and shakes should be changed. But the truth is often far more complex, and the events in Congo, while horrible, cannot really be understood outside of their larger context.
Was Congo the only African nation to suffer? Was there truly not a single benefit of colonialism? Were all involved in the downfall of the Congo Christians?
Were not the African leader, Mbuto funded by the US, yes and his followers not equally guilty of selling out Africans for personal gain?
Were there not some westerners like the noble parents of the author mentioned in the prelude trying to make life better for Africans? Is this not the same thing we see currently in Zimbabwe? And lets not paint extreme pictures of those we chose to reject, while painting those we agree with in glowing terms.
I fundamentally disagree with this perspective. Christianity is a relationship with Christ that involves following after Him and becoming more like Him. The extreme situation the author creates in this fictional account allows her to proclaim her philosophies of life with vigor, particularly anti-Christianity and anti-Americanism.
In the foreword, she makes effort to point out that her parents who went to the Congo in the same time period have NOTHING in common with the main subjects of the work, essentially preparing the reader for the assault upon the southern baptist missionary and his 4 children from Georgia who are the main characters.
With such flaws, a work should be easily dismissed. However, there are some glowing strong points. The writing is exceptional, and there are many rich scenes that are not soon forgotten.
The understanding of African life, customs, language and landscape as well as the ability to portray this amazingly beautiful land as a living organism were compellingly impressed upon my mind.
I really cared about the characters and wanted to know what would happen to them. The examination of cross-cultural interaction and communication is powerfully illustrated as we begin with a purely American perspective that slowly opens through the eyes of some, not all, characters to an African perspective.
While it might be a helpful work to those longing to know Africa or understand cross-cultural disconnects, I cannot give it more than two stars because of the blatant agenda referenced above.The thematic material of The Poisonwood is serious, adult stuff.
I wrote the book, not because of a brief adventure I had in place of second grade, but because as an adult I’m interested in cultural imperialism and post-colonial history. This article first appeared in the book /A Few Rough Reds/, published by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Canberra Region Branch.
* Read more Britain: Landmark demo against the war in Afghanistan + videos By *Robin Beste* October 25, -- Stop the War's demonstration on October 24 brought the centre of London to a. Kingsolver, a Yank, is a Tuscon-based novelist, poet and essayist, probably best known for her Congo novel “The Poisonwood Bible,” which she said she wrote “because as an adult I'm interested in cultural imperialism and post-colonial history.”.
"A Raisin in the Sun" - The play "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, provides the reader with a clear view on the reality of the struggle for African Americans during the late 's.
AP Literature – 11th Grade Read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and complete a novel moment sheet according to the instructions. Kingsolver is a current American writer. This book is about a missionary family from Georgia who move to the Congo. Jun 28, · I also enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver’s “Poisonwood Bible.” It’s about a nuclear family who, after moving to the Congo so the megalomaniacal dad can do mission work, become disillusioned with the patriarchy (which remains unnamed).