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The Women
The Women
Author: T. C. Boyle
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 character: Frank Lloyd Wright. Boyle's account of Wright's life, as told through the experiences o...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780670020416
ISBN-10: 0670020419
Publication Date: 2/10/2009
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
Finished reading this today. As usual, Boyle's exquisite prose makes this book worthwhile. It tells the story of Frank Lloyd Wright and his 3 wives and mistress, Mamah Cheney. Previous to reading this book, I knew practically nothing about Wright other than that he was considered probably the greatest architect of the last century. I didn't realize he had so much public scandal relating to his mistresses and wives! Wright's genius kind of gets lost in the narrative - the book is divided into 3 sections and is told in reverse chronological order (which is somewhat confusing). The first section is about Olgivanna, his 3rd wife; the second section about Miriam Noel, his 2nd wife; and the third section is about Mamah Cheney, his mistress that he eloped to Europe with while still married to his first wife, Kitty. I have to admit that as much as I like Boyle's writing, I thought this book got bogged down in some places - especially when Miriam (a morphine addict) is the focus of the narrative. Also, the narrator for the story is a Japanese apprentice of Wrights who does have some nice introductions to each section but I thought was rather annoying with information provided in footnotes as asides to the story. I thought the book would have been better and less confusing if told in chronological order. Boyle may have used this device so the tragic conclusion and fate of Mamah Cheney is at the end of the novel. In any event, I think Boyle has written much better novels and stories but I would still give this one a mild recommendation. It definitely gave some insights into the life of a revered American.
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This novel is based on actual events in the personal life of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is at times salacious, hilarious and sad. Its a very good read. If you want to know about Wrights life as an architect, this is not your book. What it does offer is a look into what did and might have happened when Wright was hounded by the press and sometimes the law over the decisions he made with his romantic relationships.
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I had a hard time getting into this book. I had already read Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (which was GREAT!) so maybe I am a bit biased in my knowledge. I think it was an interesting way to present the story but a bit slow for me personally.
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I found this book to be engrossing and true to the facts as I have read of them. For a fuller picture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Chaney I would recommend also reading Death in A Prairie House by William R. Drennan and Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. There are also wonderful books about Frank Lloyd wright, the architect.

I would be interested in knowing about some of the choices made by the author including the choice of the narrator. I would strongly recommend the book.