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Well, here is a fascinating look at history! Published in 1978, this book recounts the story of a Christian missionary who grows upset when, after having paid a native to plant imported pineapple trees for him, his pineapples are all stolen by the natives and he gets none. Eventually, after many years, the missionary discovers how altering his own thoughts and behaviors can help him grow closer to God and, as a nice side benefit, get him some pineapples.

That's all nice. The not-nice part is the inadvertent message of this book, which is that in the 1970s many of us considered people who were of different cultures to be so inferior to us that we didn't even credit them as sentient beings. Here's the worse example: Our narrator threatens the natives with the closing of the mission-run health clinic if the pineapple thefts continue. When the thefts don't stop, he closes the clinic. A quote: "Then they let their sick babies die. They couldn't care less. Life was cheap over there."

In my opinion, books like this are very important! Nothing shows the real history of a culture like the current writings of a time. This book is insulting, demeaning, and condescending. We see this clearly in 2015...but in 1978 we thought this book was a wonderful message of God's way of working in our hearts.

We've come a long way in my lifetime. And this book actually has two good lessons for us to learn now.
  Merryann | Aug 19, 2015 |
NO OF PAGES: 33 SUB CAT I: Children's Resources SUB CAT II: SUB CAT III: DESCRIPTION: The pineapple story took place in Dutch New Guinea. It covers a period of seven years. It's about one man's pineapple, and his desire to have it for himself.NOTES: SUBTITLE: A Humorous yet profound true story.
  BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |
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