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The Lacuna

By Barbara Kingsolver

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| Paperback | 9780571252664

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The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man s search for safety of a man torn beweenthe warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite ...

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    This book will - or should - become a classic some day.

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    Cristina said on Jun 1, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Nice, but not "the best thing ever"

    Here is my comment in my Spanish Blog: http://lunairereadings.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-lacuna-…
    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 a ...(continue)

    Here is my comment in my Spanish Blog: http://lunairereadings.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-lacuna-…
    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.

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    ariadna73 said on Aug 19, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    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 ...(continue)

    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."

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    The Trash Palace said on Oct 30, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    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!

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    LFrig said on Aug 31, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    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.

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    cina said on Mar 17, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Bohemian in Mexico...and Trotsky liked rabbits...

    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). Lacun ...(continue)

    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...

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    Gail Paris said on Feb 7, 2011 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 670 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0571252664
  • ISBN-13: 9780571252664
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publish date: 2010-01-01
  • Dimensions: 271 mm x 715 mm x 1,147 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Audio CD , Softcover , Others , eBook
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