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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
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Jan 28, 10

bookshelves: wendy, fiction, historical, latino, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, russia, mexico, north-carolina
Recommended to Catherine by: Cecelia Homan
Read from January 05 to 27, 2010

The disjointed style of this novel based on journals, reports, letters and ephemera of a fictional novelist failed to impress me as much as Kingsolver's previous books. Still an interesting look at life in Mexico in the 30s with Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Trotsky, and the growing persecution of those considered to be anti-American in the late 40s and early 50s. Somewhat depressing.
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01/15/2010 page 202
39.76% "Trotsky, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and HWS. Improper behavior at boarding school? What's with his father?"

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message 1: by Catherine (last edited Oct 23, 2010 04:31AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Catherine  Mustread Audio interview with Barbara Kingsolver about The Lacuna on Leonard Lopate Show 9/28/10 at this link.

message 2: by Catherine (last edited Dec 05, 2010 07:28AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Catherine  Mustread Should have taken better notes! Who is HWS? Got it, thanks to Google Books -- he's the protagonist, Harrison William Shepherd.

Margitte Wow, you have summarized my own review perfectly!

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