Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Cristina said on Jun 01, 2013, 09:34
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.
ariadna73 said on Aug 19, 2012, 01:18
Non saprei nemmeno spiegare bene perché, ma The Poisonwood Bible non mi aveva convinto più di tanto - lasciamo stare poi il periodo in cui l'avevo letto. Tuttavia, poiché l'argomento di questo nuovo libro mi interessava particolarmente, ho deciso di dargli una chance. E meno male che l'ho fatto! È la storia avventurosa ed agghiacciante di Harrison Shepherd, di padre americano e madre messicana, che negli anni della Depressione e poi del Maccartismo, passa dal Messico agli Stati Uniti, dal servizio come cuoco a casa di Diego Rivera e Frida Kahlo alla mansione di segretario presso Lev Trockij; riesce a sfondare come romanziere negli USA ma si vede ben presto oggetto della terribile caccia alle streghe portata tenacemente avanti dalla Committee of Un-American Activities e dalla stampa statunitense.
"The most important thing about a person is always the thing you don't know."
"How extraordinary he is, the good Dr. Kinsey. Another man in a white coat, with proof. Everything we ever dared to think about men and sex turns out to be true. One hundred percent of men are homosexual for 4 percent of their lives and 4 percent are homosexual for 100 percent of their lives. Strangest of all, Dr. Kinsey's book has not been checked out of the library before. Not even once: the slip in the jacket hasn't a single name on it. Yet the spine was well cracked, every page of the book dog-eared and bent."
The Trash Palace said on Oct 30, 2011, 08:21
LFrig said on Aug 31, 2011, 17:54
cina said on Mar 17, 2011, 16:25
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...
Gail Paris said on Feb 07, 2011, 10:04
Quite long and the blurb on the back is a little misleading as it only covers about 1/3 of the book, a lot more happens before and after this. Still a good read though, an exciting period of Mexican and American history with a lot of relevance to today. I wanted more of Frida and didn't want Violet to spell out the ending for me.
Lunarossa said on Jan 22, 2011, 17:07
This long awaited new novel from Kingsolver must be one of the best fiction texts of the last couple of years. Covering the life of a writer living in revolutionary Mexico in the 20s and 30s, and then the toxic McCarthy US years of the 50s, this book is excellent part-history part-fiction, with astonishing language and pace. Unlike the other book I read recently ('The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet'), 'Lacuna' doesn't finish all of a sudden...Yikes! Here, the energy gently dissipates...much like life really.
Brilliant. Read it.
Ian Hodgson said on Aug 27, 2010, 09:32
Harrison "Insolito" Shepherd,il protagonista di Lacuna, afferma di aver intrapreso la sua attività di scrittore per dare felicità ai suoi lettori. Bene, Barbara Kingsolver, l'autrice di Lacuna, è riuscita perfettamente in questo intento. Arrivata alla fine delle 670 pagine, letteralmente divorate, avrei voluto ricominciare da capo.Questo romanzo ha tutto ed è tutto! E come non amare il meraviglioso "Insolito", ironico, malinconico, fantasioso, profondo, tollerante, ecc. ecc.
Michela Maione said on Aug 20, 2010, 22:39