Tuesday, March 16, 2010

La Lacuna

Barbara Kingsoliver.

What can I say.  I love her books utterly and absolutely.  (Except the Poisonwood Bible that EVERYONE loved.  Hated it.)  This one transported me.  Goodness it was wonderful, and I was all prepared for a miserable ending.  Braced.

Then she pulled it right out of the hat.  I don't want to give any spoilers here, so let me just say that the ending was unexpected but so completely and beautifully perfect.  A delight.  And so very logical and fitting once it was done.

Makes me not want to read another book for a bit.

Well, almost.

Only sad thing is that I don't have another Kingsolver to read right now.



The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Oh, I completely agree except for one thing. The ending was brilliant. I anticipate a new Kingsolver novel like a kid waits for Christmas. But I really wasn't crazy about this one over all. Too historical for me. I was thinking while reading it that I wasn't really in the mood for this kind of book, perhaps I should have put it down and picked it up when my mind could be more present.

Beth said...

Loaned someone my copy of Lacuna (a gift!) before I'd read it (so not like me).
Must get it back!

Beth said...

I'll definitely have to get my hands on a copy!
In contrast to you, though, I was deeply moved by The Poisonwood Bible- "deeply moved" meaning "crying and being very upset for a long time after I read it". Part of that was probably due to the fact that when I first read it, I was living in Africa with four young children.
I have to say that Kingsolver knows how to cut where it hurts...

Anonymous said...

I loved her last book- which was autobiographical. I haven't read her latest one yet, but now perhaps I shall buy it.

kate said...

Oh, I hadn't heard of this one yet! Something for the list.

oreneta said...

Bodhi! I wasn't clear enough...the ending was absolutely perfect! I loved it too!!!!!

Beth, get her back, worth the read.

Beth, I think possibly I was a little too moved by the Poisonwood Bible. Just too harsh.

Carla, is that Animal Vegetable Mineral? Which book????

Kate, oh, you are in for some good reading! How's it going with work???