my take: I heard several reviews on NPR … none of them positive. Hubby included this in the 12 days of Christmas pile, so I kind of had to read it even though I was leery. It was a pleasant surprise to very much enjoy The Lacuna.

That said, it took me a long time to read – it’s got lots of pages and it was slow going. Only a minus for someone who needs to read lots of books to, say, review on a blog. Be warned, but don’t be dissuaded from reading this.

As a fan of most things art history, I grooved on the plot including Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo. It was great to get some Mexican & Russian political history in, as well. The book covers a vast scope of history, and I think Barbara maybe over-reached there. And very well-written.

my source: 12 books for 12 days

my verdict: historical/political fiction almost at its best. worth a read, may take a while.