The Lacuna

The Lacuna

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Growing up in 1930's Mexico, American Harrison Shepherd quickly learns that his mother is more concerned with social aspirations than his well-being. Due to a tumultuous stint at a Virginia military school and the fact that his mother has a knack for selecting men who fall on the losing side of Mexico's political battles, Harrison takes a withdrawn approach to adulthood. After his mother's repute places him in danger, Harrison ventures back to America, which is in the midst of World War II.
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins Audio ; Holland, OH : [Repackaged and distributed by] Midwest Tape, p2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780060853563
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (19.25 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 07, 2020

All Barbara Kingsolver books are long slow sips of wine at sunset; they are their own art, prodding/leading you forward alongside the characters, to be enjoyed when you're not needing instant gratification or a fast paced style. It's a mood.

Aug 02, 2020

Lousy - did not bother to finish. Such a disappointment after The Poisonwood Bible.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 19, 2019

I found this a fascinating look at communism in North America. While it wasn't my favorite Kingsolver by any stretch, it was well worth reading. I wanted more Frida Kahlo!

May 23, 2019

Beautifully written, fun and surprising, this book is filled with lyrical descriptions of a boys life, of Mexico and politics. It could've been a bit shorter as around page 400 I started skimming through many of the newspaper clippings and book reviews. It's whimsical ending gave a sense of hopeful satisfaction. I will be looking to read more by this author.

Feb 21, 2019

Why do some authors insist on recording their own works? Vanity? A wish to make more money by not paying a voice actor? This is a great story but Kingsolver's reading of it is like a preschool teacher reading aloud to her toddler class. I kept waiting for a Raffi or Sharon, Lois and Bram song!!!

Jul 17, 2018

While I very much enjoyed the book, Kingsolver is not the best reader of her own work. I found her voice to be quite flat and it took away from my enjoyment of the CDs. Ended up checking out the book and just read it myself.

Jul 08, 2017

I almost cannot believe this is a novel as it incorporates so much of true life. Many twists and turn and again this book ends up being so relevant today w/ the topics Kingsolver incorporates. It is enlightening from a historical point of view. Easy to warm up to many of this book's diverse characters. She covers a lot of territory in a compelling manner.

Apr 19, 2017

I enjoyed this book as much as Barbara Kingsolver's other books. Through her characters, we learn so much about life, history, resilience, and values that are too often ignored and trammeled.

Mar 26, 2017

A master story teller at work! Kingsolver sucked me right into the lacuna – the gaps and tunnels – where truth lives, unseen and suppressed. The way this control is rife in the media has always been a favourite rant of mine, so I gobbled up her adamant presentation of this theme in many different scenarios. It has been decades since I’ve skimmed against the topics of Aztec history, the citizens’ war effort of the 1940s, the art and politics of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Stalin vs Trotsky, McCarthy’s purge of innocent citizens during his rabid “un-American activities” era … Kingsolver made this all come alive for me through her fictional protagonist. A great read!

Dec 28, 2015

Complex and masterful. An amazing work from this amazing author.

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