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by Barbara Kingsolver
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Remember When the Music
Remember When the Music rated it 4 years ago
Mrs. Kingsolver has done it again! I don’t even know how to begin to describe this novel for it is so elaborately written and tells a vast story. I will admit, as often happens when reading Barbara Kingsolver’s novels, I found it a bit laborious to get through the first 50 or so pages of The Lacuna....
moving under skies
moving under skies rated it 4 years ago
I was thrilled with this at the beginning. I see a lot of the reviewers here thought the beginning dull and the end fantastic, but for me it was quite the opposite. I loved the 'childhood' section of the novel, with its gorgeous, dreamy evocation of the land and the food and the history. Then the st...
Mellkoh
Mellkoh rated it 5 years ago
What an interesting book! It was a challenging read, as the format is mainly diary entries and press clippings. That being said, it covered a fascinating period of time, including the witch hunt known as the "House Committee on Un-American Activities".
daisyq
daisyq rated it 6 years ago
I did really enjoy the first half of this, when it was set in Mexico and the narrator was working for Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Trotsky. However, I struggled to remain interested after that, when the narrator ends up in the US. He isn't really a strong character, and at that point, he isn't han...
Overloaded Bookshelf
Overloaded Bookshelf rated it 6 years ago
I was a newcomer to Barbara Kingsolver but will definitely check out her other books. This was brilliant, thoroughtly deserving of all the awards. Best thing I've read for ages.
cindywho
cindywho rated it 6 years ago
Harrison Shepherd is a character that gives Kingsolver the opportunity to write about Kahlo, Rivera and Trotsky in the 30s, and the Red Scare in the US in the late 40s. It's a melancholy story of a man and the history he is a part of.
Michelle Scott, urban fantasy author
After 100 pages I gave up. I wanted more of the Bean Trees, not whatever this was supposed to be.
Cecily's book reviews
Cecily's book reviews rated it 6 years ago
Recommended by Bluey (who isn't on GR) - but she then said I might prefer .[b:Flight Behavior|13438524|Flight Behavior|Barbara Kingsolver|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352212134s/13438524.jpg|18945788]
Read Write Read
Read Write Read rated it 6 years ago
I nearly put this book aside on several occasions during the first half because I just couldn't get into it.I really enjoyed the last third, although I'm more interested in reading the actual history of the times, than I enjoyed the novel.
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it 6 years ago
This book is a powerful exposé of our country’s experiences and eventual recovery from the time of the depression until after World War II, up to and including the McCarthy era. The reminder of the world’s decay and the violent politics of that time made me shudder as I read it. The book traces the ...
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