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The Women
The Women
Author: T. C. Boyle
A dazzling novel of Frank Lloyd Wright, told from the point of view of the women in his life — Having brought to life eccentric cereal king John Harvey Kellogg in The Road to Wellville and sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in The Inner Circle, T. C. Boyle now turns his fictional sights on an even more colorful and outlandish chara...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143116479
ISBN-10: 0143116479
Publication Date: 12/29/2009
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 33 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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I had really enjoyed Nancy Horan's book, "Loving Frank", and was interested in knowing more about Frank Lloyd Wright and the women in his life so when this book arrived I saved it to read over Thanksgiving, when I could really savor it. Alas, that was not to be since it was not a book I could savor. Half way through it, I threw my hands up in disgust and threw the book down.

I found the device of having the book move backward in time very awkward, as the author would mention people and events from Wright's past, yet I was not aware of what the author was talking about because that would not appear for another 100 pages. I found the narrator intrusive and the author's constant use of footnotes -- at least one per page -- a distraction. I found it hard to empathize with any of the characters. In other words, I just was not interested enough to even finish the book. I haven't read any of the author's other books and based on this one, I won't ever be reading them.
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I'm an architecture professional and I've always been interested in the social context of FLW's work, along with his shocking and very public way of life. This book is, of course, dramatized, but I felt like the actual writing quality was very poor. There were entire sections of the book I had to 'work' to get through, and it was ridiculously complicated to follow. The book is arranged with each wife (or the author) telling the story from their perspective in various chapters. However, there's no indication who's perspective it is before you start reading, and they're not arranged in chronological order. With so many wives it's hard to know who is narrating the book and, if you don't already know the entire timeline of Frank Lloyd Wright's career, you have little if any idea where on the scale of time you are in the novel at any given moment. I did get to the end of the book, but after much confusion and labor. The content is, naturally, fascinating. But the way it's arranged makes it a chore to sift through. Needless to say I found it a colossal disappointment.