Thursday, July 1, 2010


This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:

Name a book or author that you truly wanted to love but left you disappointed. (And, of course, explain why.)

I knew right away when I read this what my answer would be: 'The Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver (click for my review). I read this book with great excitement back in January because Ms. Kingsolver is one of my absolute favorite authors of all time. I love her books. They changed they way I thought about modern fiction. Her women were plucky and witty and I devoured them all. And then she finally came out with a new piece of fiction and I was thrilled and it was such a letdown. 'The Lacuna' was just a large combination of so many different mediums and time periods. The main character was a male which was a major letdown and it felt like he was just thrown into situations in history in order to be there for the most important parts of the book, not because they were integral to the plot. I know this book has won the Orange Prize this year but, well, read it for yourself and let me know what you think! I still love you wholeheartedly though Barbara!


  1. Hmm, I've never read any of her books or really heard of her.

    Here is my Booking Through Thursday.

  2. Every book in the Kay Scarpetta series since Black Notice. Though I keep reading hoping they will regain their former glory. I think PC is a terrific writer but this series should have stopped awhile ago.

  3. You know, in general, I'll be disappointed when a book has a really great premise or idea and just isn't written well or has boring characters. I recently finished Libyrinth which was like this for me. Not interesting to me, except the premise.

  4. Your brief description of The Lacuna reminds me of Forrest Gump, actually. I haven't read Kingsolver since The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven. I guess she's veered off towards epics (re: Poisonwood Bible, apparently The Lacuna)
    Wake me when she gets back.

    Here's my BTT

  5. Just got this one from the library recently, but haven't started it yet. I haven't read any of her other books, so I don't really know what to expect. It's always so frustrating when an author you love lets you down.

    My BTT: Disappointment

  6. At least you haven't gave up on the author because many times that happens.

    My BTT

  7. I've picked up Kingsolver books many times; but the dust cover descriptions and blurbs just didn't pull me in. I agree with Marce about not giving up on the author. In my case, I will give Kate Jacobs another chance but not Alexander McCall Smith.

  8. I have never hear of Kingsolver either but she sound very interesting.

  9. I loved The Poisonwood Bible but have heard from many others that The Lacuna just didn't do it for them. I have it on my list to read but probably won't rush to pick it up. I think I'd rather reread The Poisonwood Bible!


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