Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Born in the US, reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is mostly a liability to his social climbing flapper mother Salome. The action moves from a coastal island jungle to Mexico city in during the revolutionary 30s. Harrison works for the famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, his wife Frida Kahlo and the exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky. The latter part of the book takes place in 1950s America, during the McCarthy anti-communist era.

The Lacuna, is a gap in a story. In this novel, the reader constantly wonders about the lacuna, which omits a key episode in the middle of the story. I enjoyed the book especially the historical setting of mexico during the revolutionary period. Mary found the style of writing a bit longwinded and dry at times. We also disagree about the meaning of "lacuna" Mary thinks it refers to the hole in the coral reef, I think its the missing piece of text. Let us know what you think?

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