Here is my comment in my Spanish Blog: http://lunairereadings.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-lacuna-barbara-kingsolver.html
This is a novel about the life of a writer that comes in contact with very well known celebrities through his life: he meets Diego and Frida, and their communist friends. Later he becomes a very successful writer and finally he is accused by the anti-american commitee. It is not a bad novel and I found it really entertaining. I will definitely look for the other titles that were finalists in the Orange contest. I have a feeling I would have a different opinion on the prizes distribution.
Truly awesome - exciting, moving, instructive, sublime writing. best read since Jacob de Zoet. I can't believe I let it sit on a shelf for over a year!
I LOVE THIS BOOK. I couldn't stop talking and thinking about it, for months after reading. What a fantastic ending. So intelligent, but such a pageturner. Wonderful.
Barbara Kingsolver is one of my go-to writers (especially the Poisonwood bible and Prodigal Summer) - you know you are likely to be headed into a long but satisfying story that you won't want to put down (perfect fireplace and down quilt book). Lacuna attracted me because it is partially the story of Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo - two amazing Mexican painters who had a Taylor/Burton kind of romantic life. Lacuna is their story but only peripherally - it is actually the story of a young man who worked for them and Trotsky as a stenographer and then became a fiction writer in the States during the cold war and the McCarthy terror. Kingsolver has a wonderful eye for what it was like to be "different" at a time when different was considered bad or even criminal. Once the story leaves Mexico it is less exciting, but still a good read......Continua