Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Lacuna

I have just finished reading a new novel by the author Barbara Kingsolver. "The Lacuna" is a marvelous tale that leads a young boy to move to Mexico at the age of 12, to eventually work as a cook and other minor jobs for Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Lev Trotsky. After Trotsky is murdered, the boy moves first to New York and then to Asheville, North Carolina. He becomes a famous author with his novels based on Mexican history before running afoul of the House Unamerican Activities Committee during the Communist scare of the late 1940's and early 1950's.

The book is a spell-binding tale that weaves in and out of Mexican and American history.

Highly recommended by this blogger.


7 comments:

  1. Just stopped by to say hi. It's been awhile...
    The book sounds interesting!
    Glad to see you still blogging.

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  2. PS:
    Mostly I am here now:

    http://aurorastears.blogspot.com/

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  3. I'm spending more time on Facebook than blogging, I'm afraid to say.

    Thanks for the new spot. Your photography is excellent.

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  4. I must gove Barbara Kingslover another go. I've only read 'The Prodigal Summer', and didn't like it all that much. I found it a bit preachy and quite afew people have said they find she slips into that rather a lot. But this sounds interesting by the subject matter. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  5. Lucy - I may have found it more interesting because I lived in Mexico for several years. But I still think it was a good read. Give it a try.

    As for her preachiness, I just read a quote from her in Wikipedia wherein she is quoted: "If we can't, as artists, improve on real life, we should put down our pencils and go bake bread."

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  6. I'm not familiar with the author, but I'll check the base library and see if they have it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  7. I hope you enjoy it as I did, Steve.

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