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The Lacuna

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Publisher: Faber and Faber

4.1
(30)

Language:English | Number of Pages: 512 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0571252672 | Isbn-13: 9780571252671 | Publish date: 

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Category: Fiction & Literature

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Book Description
"The Lacuna" is the heartbreaking story of a man's search for safety of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America. Born in the U.S. and reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. Making himself useful in the household of the famed Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky, young Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution. A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in World War II. In the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina he remakes himself in America's hopeful image. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption. A gripping story of identity, loyalty and the devastating power of accusations to destroy innocent people, "The Lacuna" is as deep and rich as the New World.
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  • 3

    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 and Frida, and their communist friends. Later he ...continue

    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.

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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 dargli una chance. E meno male che l'ho fatto! ...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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  • 5

    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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  • 5

    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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  • 4

    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). Lacuna attracted me because it is partially the stor ...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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  • 3

    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 Viol ...continue

    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.

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  • 5

    Astonishing...

    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 a ...continue

    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.

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  • 5

    Bellissimo

    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 ...continue

    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.

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