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FRIDA: A NOVEL By: Barbara Mujica July 20, 2011

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.
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This is a wonderful fictionalized biography of the incomparable Frida Kahlo, one of the Lycan Librarian’s all-time favorite artists. At first, she hesitated as the book is written from the perspective of Frida’s younger sister, Cristina, but she soon fell in step with the sister’s voice and enjoyed every word. Cristina, the more beautiful of the two sisters, seemed to be Frida’s rival when it came to every lover she took, yet she was merely a shadow in comparison to her more famous and outgoing sister. This book explores Cristina’s views and her insecurities, which makes it very different from other books written about Frida, and far more interesting than many. The only downside is that it is a fictional account, so some scenes were, indeed, real, while others came from the author’s mind. She does reveal some of what is and isn’t true in her Author’s Note, but there is still much to question, especially whether Cristina truly did or did not help put Frida out of her ongoing misery. Any Kahlo fan will enjoy the descriptions of Frida’s world, but be warned that the language is strong and uncensored.

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