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The Lacuna: A Novel por Barbara Kingsolver
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The Lacuna: A Novel (edição 2009)

por Barbara Kingsolver

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"The story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds -- Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s -- and whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century's most tumultuous events"--Provided by publisher.
Membro:ljhliesl
Título:The Lacuna: A Novel
Autores:Barbara Kingsolver
Informação:Harper (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 528 pages
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Etiquetas:novel, bookclub, female

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The Lacuna por Barbara Kingsolver

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Complex book. The beginning was slow for me, there are many spanish words intermingled, as the story begins in Mexico. Most spanish words are explained, but not all. As our protagonist, a young boy in the beginning (Mexico) matures, he is involved with so many interesting people through work that he has learned to do, cooking mostly. He is a writer by nature. Once in the U.S., (he has citizenship in both countries, Mexican mother and American Dad) he is a young man looking for work and eventually begins writing novels which are well received in the states. It is a complex story as the relationships are deep and meaningful, the story intertwines Mexican and U.S. politics and so much more. You will not be disappointed. ( )
  mcorbink | Jan 12, 2021 |
I always enjoy stories that fit within a particular time period and give snit bits of history. For that reason, I enjoyed her retelling of Diego Riveria, Frieda, Trotsky, and the paranoia of America during that time period. But I felt this story carried on. Ultimately, it did not have the compelling story-telling that I had hoped for. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
I generally love Barbara Kingsolver's novels, but this one didn't keep my interest. I enjoyed the diary format, but hated the interruptions from the archivist. For me it was more the subject matter and time period. It wasn't good enough to keep my attention. I didn't finish it. ( )
  3CatMom | Dec 28, 2020 |
A worthwhile read that brought to life what it was like living through the Depression, WWII and into the 1950s.
I've liked other books by this author. Her style and word choice make for enjoyable reading.
The author gets the perspective of the narrator right. That perspective changes in a realistic way as the boy matures. The action flags in the middle but it picks up again. ( )
  helenar238 | Oct 31, 2020 |
Kingsolver is my favorite author, so I was surprised at how challenged I was to finish this book. I actually started reading it at least once before, around the time it was published. I abandoned it then, always meaning to pick it up again. I finally did and then it took me 5 months to get through it. The story of Shepherd is in turns both fascinating and somehow flat. I think it might be the main character himself. The reader sees his life unfold from his eyes, without knowing who he is. I enjoyed reading about the Bonus marchers but found the parts about Frida and Diego disappointingly jumbled and foggy. The latter parts of the book when Shepherd lives in Asheville were where I really became invested in the story. Somehow I wish I'd known where this story was going earlier on, so I could understand what the heck we were talking about. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
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Kingsolver, at the top of her craft, builds pyramids of language and scenic highways through mountains of facts, while plotting a mostly tight course through the fictional premises that convey her writing’s social conscience. In this book, pacifism, social justice, and free expression are the standards she shoulders.
adicionada por Shortride | editarBookforum, Celia McGee (Dec 1, 2009)
 
“The Lacuna” can be enjoyed sheerly for the music of its passages on nature, archaeology, food and friendship; or for its portraits of real and invented people; or for its harmonious choir of voices. But the fuller value of Kingsolver’s novel lies in its call to conscience and connection.
 
Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, "The Lacuna," is the most mature and ambitious one she's written during her celebrated 20-year career, but it's also her most demanding. Spanning three decades, the story comes to us as a collection of diary entries and memoir, punctuated by archivist's notes, newspaper articles, letters, book reviews and congressional transcripts involving some of the 20th century's most radical figures. The sweetness that leavened "The Bean Trees" and "Animal Dreams" has been burned away, and the lurid melodrama that enlivened "The Poisonwood Bible" has been replaced by the cool realism of a narrator who feels permanently alienated from the world.
adicionada por zhejw | editarThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (Nov 4, 2009)
 
A serious problem with The Lacuna is telegraphed in its striking title. "Lacuna" refers to a gap or something that's absent. The motif of the crucial missing piece runs throughout the novel, but the thing unintentionally missing here is an engaging main character. Our hero, Harrison Shepherd, is an accidental onlooker to history buffeted by other people's plans and passions.
 
Narrated in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper clippings, the novel takes a while to get going, but once it does, it achieves a rare dramatic power that reaches its emotional peak when Harrison wittily and eloquently defends himself before the House Un-American Activities Committee (on the panel is a young Dick Nixon). Employed by the American imagination, is how one character describes Harrison, a term that could apply equally to Kingsolver as she masterfully resurrects a dark period in American history with the assured hand of a true literary artist.
adicionada por khuggard | editarPublishers Weekly
 
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