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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
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Jan 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobook, historical-fiction, adult-fiction
Read in January, 2010

Here is a story where the characters and setting shine through, with an audio version that's soft but draws you in. After 16 CDs of Kingsolver's voice, I find myself thinking in her rendition of Violet Brown, with a Carolina accent and old-fashioned sentence structure. My stars. The only fault I find is with the plot - after the movement and tension of the early part of the story, Shepherd's years in the US lose momentum. The Cold War implications feel inevitable, and the many newspaper clippings pull the focus away from Shepherd and Violet. Fortunately, the ending hit the right note. This one didn't hook me as much as some of her others, but it's well worth the read for her way with words, her characters, and the fantastically vivid settings.
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Kitri I'm interested to know what you think of her latest!

Jess It's taken me a while to keep all the characters straight (which is probably because I'm listening to it). She reads it herself, so that's interesting. The story hasn't really taken off yet (I'm on the first disc) but it feels more in the vein of Poisonwood Bible than her other books, and it's definitely making me wish I knew more about Mexican history. I might switch to the print version if my hold comes in soon...

Laura I got it for Christmas! Funny, because when I went home for Thanksgiving my mom was reading a very nice hardcover edition that didn't come from the library... we have a habit of reading the books we're about to give as presents. :-) So I'll be giving this a reread at some point -- it didn't pull me in as much as others, either, but by the end I didn't want to leave that world.

Jess That's funny about your mom! I'll probably reread it, too, sooner or later - although maybe the print version for variety.

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