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My most enjoyable read in five years!,
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This review is from: The Lacuna (Paperback)
Tuck yourself away somewhere peaceful and allow a little time for this epic tale to draw you into a world of glorious technicolour, where memorable larger than life characters, both real and fictional, will soon enchant you as their story unfolds in dazzling prose. Meticulously constructed, with a vivid and compelling narrative that informs, amuses and tugs at your heartstrings, this book is a delight; for me a long-anticipated new novel from Barbara Kingsolver that didn't disappoint on any level. It's up there with her best work, written with love and passion and truly deserving of the Orange Prize. I felt I was there in the hazy heat of Mexico, witnessing the excesses of Kahlo and Rivera, seeing Trotsky in a sympathetic new light, feeling for Harrison, the little boy with no roots and a dysfunctional family life. Although sorry at first to leave Mexico for North Carolina, I soon fell under the spell of the remarkable Violet Brown, and lapped up the story as it continued until the surprising but totally satisfactory ending. Stunning.