"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.
Here is my comment in my Spanish Blog: http://lunairereadings.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-lacuna-barbara-kingsolver.htmlThis is a novel about the life of a writer that comes in contact with very well known celebrities through his life: he meets Diego
..."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.Continua...Nascondi
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...Nascondi