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ISBN13: 9780060852580
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Karal, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Karal)
Beautifully written characters; brilliant portrait of art, history, a shape shifting novel about truth and the assumptions about what people perceive as true!
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Fiona MacNeill, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by Fiona MacNeill)
This is the book which continues to come back in my mind over and over from the last year's reading. It combines American and Mexican history, drama,romance, politics, and spiritual intrigue. It is Kingsolver at her peak, excellent character development and is simply a finely crafted story.
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Meredith Crocker, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Meredith Crocker)
I've always enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver, and she did not disappoint with The Lacuna.
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Sue Connell, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Sue Connell)
Amazingly intricate coming of age and beyond story of a young man who by turns becomes involved with Frieda Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky among others. The metaphor of the lacuna as a passage from one phase of life into another is magical.
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Barbara Kingsolver continues to grow as a writer, and nowhere is that more apparent than this novel. The story is written as a diary found and published by a long-time secretary. Using true stories of Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera, and McCarthyism as a backdrop, the novel is a reflection on the relationship between art and politics.
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Kingsolver, Barbara
Harper Perennial
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Product details 544 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060852580 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A work that is often close to magic....Much research underlies this complex weaving...but the work is lofted by lyric prose."
"Review" by , "The most mature and ambitious [novel] she's written....An absorbing portrayal of American life....A rich novel [with] a large, colorful canvas....A tender story about a thoughtful man."
"Review" by , "Shepherd's story in Kingsolver's accomplished literary hands is so seductive, the prose so elegant, the architecture of the novel so imaginative, it becomes hard to peel away from the book."
"Review" by , "[Kingsolver] hasn't lost her touch...she delivers her signature blend of exotic locale, political backdrop and immediately engaging story line...teems with dark beauty."
"Review" by , "The novel achieves a rare dramatic power....Kingsolver masterfully resurrects a dark period in American history with the assured hand of a true literary artist."
"Review" by , "[Kingsolver's] playful pastiche brings to vivid life the culture wars of an earlier era."
"Review" by , "Rich...impassioned...engrossing...Politics and art dominate the novel, and their overt, unapologetic connection is refreshing."
"Review" by , "[Kingsolver] stirs the real with the imagined to produce a breathtakingly ambitious book, bold and rich...hopeful, political and artistic. The Lacuna fills a lacuna with powerfully imagined social history."
"Review" by , "True and riveting...Barbara Kingsolver has invented a wondrous filling here, sweeter and thicker than pan dulce, spicy as the hottest Mexican chiles, paranoid as the American government hunting Communists."
"Review" by , "Compelling...Kingsolver's descriptions of life in Mexico City burst with sensory detail — thick sweet breads, vividly painted walls, the lovely white feet of an unattainable love."
"Review" by , "A sweeping narrative of utopian dreams and political reality....A stirring novel...intimate and pitch-perfect."
"Review" by , "Masterful...a reader receives the great gift of entering not one but several worlds....The final pages haunt me still."
"Review" by , "A sweeping mural of sensory delights and stimulating ideas about art, government, identity and history....Readers will feel the sting of connection between then and now."
"Review" by , "Kingsolver deftly combines real history and the life of the fictional protagonist....A sweeping tale."
"Review" by , "Breathtaking...dazzling...The Lacuna can be enjoyed shearly for the music of its passages on nature, archaeology, food and friendship; or for its portraits of real and invented people....But the fuller value...lies in its call to conscience and connection."
"Review" by , "A lavishly gifted writer...Kingsolver [has a] wonderful ear for the quirks of human repartee. The Lacuna is richly spiked with period language....This book grabs at the heartstrings."
"Synopsis" by , In this powerfully imagined, provocative novel, Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is the poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as well as an unforgettable portrait of the artist — and of art itself.
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