A voluptuous, but somewhat difficult read. All in all, worth the effort.
Boyle's sequencing is a times confusing (to a novice, learning to piece together the arc of his life/career). And the footnotes are off-putting.
Still, Frank Lloyd Wright is just so interesting, that these warts are, in my opinion, tolerable.
T.C. Boyle is one of my favorite contemporary writers. He's always crisp, attentive to details, and manages to find intriguing material. The story of Frank Lloyd Wright and his relationships with the women in his life is stranger than fiction, and well worth delving into.
A great book. T.C. Boyle took the facts of Frank Lloyd Wright's personal life and put them down in a clever novel. You wont want to put it down as the events are described in all of their scandalous, shocking and disturbing detail. My only slight quibble is the title only because it's been used before. Other than that, definitely read this book.
While many are familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and the sad accounts of Taliesin, few might be aware of his personal life and the women with whom he was involved. By using Tadashi Sato, a Japanese apprentice to Wrieto-san, as the narrator Boyle masterfully tells the story of the four women who loved Frank Lloyd Wright. Olgvianna Milanoff, Maud Miriam Noel, Mamah Cheney and his first wife Kitty.
The narration by Tadashi was clever. He adored and respected Wright so immensely that his many indiscretions and character flaws were downplayed thus allowing the reader to feel sympathy instead of disdain. For me, this was especially true in the characterization of Mamah. In Nancy Horan's Loving Frank, I disliked Mamah and considered her a whiney victim. But Boyle made her more human and likeable in spite of her actions. Novelist credits Boyle with having a richly-detailed writing style which is a huge understatement as far as The Women is concerned. The details are so intricate, even inanimate objects---Taliesin, the fires and Tadashi's roadster---come to life.
Cataloged as biographical fiction.
T.C. Boyle sure did not do any favors to his heroins. According to him, they all are shallow and superficial. A sexist view of women, to say the least.
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