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The Lacuna

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Wow, Kingsolver has Written another GREAT BOOK

This book is a fantastic read from start to finish. I think this may be her best book yet.

I am a huge fan of Kingsolver's fiction, but I think this one has the best character portrayals. When I heard the premise of the plot I thought it would be rather staged or...
This book is a fantastic read from start to finish. I think this may be her best book yet.

I am a huge fan of Kingsolver's fiction, but I think this one has the best character portrayals. When I heard the premise of the plot I thought it would be rather staged or forced. But Frida Kahlo is so wonderfully imagined in this book, I found myself wanting to reconsider my formerly negative opinion of her paintings. Why? I guess because Kingsolver made me see them from a new perspective. I realize that it is fiction, but somehow I never "got" Kahlo until I read this novel. Now I realize she was probably like a lot of the women in my life: strong, hard to like, easy to admire, full of kick ass rebellion, and uniquely beautiful but also a very jealous, protective person. Once I finished the novel I actually decided I needed to go see some of her paintings and look at them again.

I also laughed out loud at some of the descriptions of things like Bauhaus architecture as seen through Kahlo's eyes and noted down by the protagonist in his fictional diaries. This was true of many of the other characters as well; suddenly the idea of Rivera as this bumbling, charismatic, frustrating man was so intense to me that I felt as if I had actually met him. Kingsolver makes each of the "famous" people in this book come to life that way. The small details of their appearance are so vividly imagined that you feel as if you were at a party with all of them, or shared a house one summer during college.

Kingsolver does not disappoint. I had no idea where she was taking us until the last chapter. Just like real life, the twists and turns of the plot were so unexpected, but then once I had gotten to the end I looked back and said: oh, of course that is what happened. I think that may be the mark of a really good book.

Great book to read in the winter, especially if there is a huge blizzard out your window and you want to just get away. Although this is not an escapist fantasy, the setting is so beautifully drawn that you will be whisked away to the azure waters of Mexico, or stand atop the Mayan ruins and forget the snow outside that falls.

Thanks, Kingsolver, for this wonderful novel.

posted by 1030260 on February 20, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

give up...

Decided to quit at page 78. I have enjoyed every previous book of this author, especially the mezmerizing 'Poisonwood Bible', but in this novel many, many pages are just pretentious, tedious and egotistical ramblings. There are so many better books out right now to sp...
Decided to quit at page 78. I have enjoyed every previous book of this author, especially the mezmerizing 'Poisonwood Bible', but in this novel many, many pages are just pretentious, tedious and egotistical ramblings. There are so many better books out right now to spend my time with.

posted by mouliin on December 2, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Disappointing

    I was so looking forward to this book. I've enjoyed Kingsolver's earlier work. I didn't recognize her voice in The Lacuna. It read like Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Isabel Allende but without the humor or depth of character. I couldn't finish the book. Others have told me that "it has its slow parts" but the entire first half? Disappointing.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    what a disappointment

    I have read everything to this point that Barbara Kingsolver has written, so when I saw this book out, I didn't even wait to find out what it was about but bought it outright. I delved into it immediately and lost interest almost immediately. I picked this book up three times before I finally gave up. the characters were superficial and one dimensional. the back and forth with the diary writings was distracting, and there was just nothing to keep me turning pages.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Boring

    I've tried several times to get past the first hundred pages of this slog, and can't seem to do it. I gave up and gave the book to a friend who liked another Kingsolver book.

    The author has no hook to draw one in, wanders around without any sense of urgency or, really, even that someone else might be reading it.

    Buy it when it goes into remainders. At least you'll get your money's worth.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Book not up to Kingsolver standards

    Once I started reading I kept waiting for the story to begin. After skipping a couple of chapters I realized there really was no logical story being told. I have read everyting this woman has written and could not believe that she could have published this book. I read about one third of the book and knew that it was wasting my time so gave it to the library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    Sorry, I add my "major disappointment" to the other reviews

    I was sooo disappointed when I couldn't find anything I liked about this book. Read about the first 100 pages, skimmed through some more & finally didn't finish. While I loved the Poisonwood Bible, I must admit I am not of fan of Kingsolver's other books. Guess her writing is just not for me. But...then where did the PB come from???

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Too detailed

    I couldn't get through it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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