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'...more
The narrator's voice is probably the most confusing and least attractive aspect. The narrator's voice is presumably that of a Japanese foreign exchange student who works as an apprentice at Frank Lloyd's Wright's Midwestern Taliesin -- this is revealed in th...more
Boyle's rendition of Wright strides about with appropriate ferocity, "a repository of playfulness and merriment ... that only underscored the magnetism of his genius" yet "famous...more
When you are fond of an author it seems to me that every time you purchase a subsequent book by that author (new release or old) you feel assured that your precious book money is being spent very wisely. People make all sorts of investments. I wonder if most of us on Goodreads consider our books the most scrutinized and cherished investments we make in our lives. It's true of me anyway. Screw my st...more
A fascinating book nonetheless. The chaos of Wright's personal life - mistresses, divorce, scandal, violence - intertwined with the force of his professional talent, if not genius, and obsession with architecture. As the ba...more
This new novel tells the interwoven stories of the women in Frank Lloyd Wright’s life -- steadfast and obstinate Kitty Tobin Wright; erratic and opiate-addicted Miriam Noel; dis...more
T. C. Boyle has written many biographical novels, but critics weren't sure that this effort fully succeeds. All agreed that Boyle is a graceful stylist whose writing, noted the Washington Post, "will reward you in the last scene of this altogether predictable and (sometimes deliciously) overwrought novel." While mostly adhering to the facts, melodramatic it is. That didn't seem to be the major problem, though. Many reviewers thought that the fictional narrator Tadashi Sato, writing a biography o...more
All that said, The Women is about the four women in Wright's life. I...more
One of the problems of presenting these three women is that the story of Mamah and her tragic death is overwhelming. It sets the stage for Miria...more
Sure, Boyle can craft a gilded curlicue of a sentence with fleur de lis and a cherry on top, requiring both a dictionary and a map to find your way out of it. A well placed sentence like that I can...more
This is one of his fiction based on fact books - having read the story of the Kellogs Family (road to welville) and Alred Kinsey (The inner circle) - we know have the story of Frank Lloyd Wright... America's greatest architect.
And we are not concentrating on his work - of which I know nothing, having never heard of him before, but a love...more
Frank Lloyd Wright hatte vier große Liebschaften und dementsprechend ist das Buch in drei Teile unterteilt, die jeweils d...more
Here's what. I found that I consider him (apart from his specialized genius) ordinary. He did what he did and it changed the world; meanwhile...more
in this book, the purported aim is to tell the story of frank lloyd wright's many wives and mistresses from their point of view. yay! sounds pretty interesting, doesn't it? but alas, what we readers get instead is a long, dreary, misogynist fairy tale in which all the women eventually turn out to be hags.
ok, now, fair questions: maybe all those women really were hags? maybe wright just picked 'em unstable, i...more
Like many egotistical geniuses Frank Lloyd Wright was brilliant, inspiring, determined, self-involved, and just a little bit CRAZY especially in relating to the women in his life as you will find.
The historical fiction based on real events is narrated by Tadashi Sato, an invented chara...more
Frank Lloyd Wright was a genius who changed the way we think of architecture--and execute it. But his free spirit that allowed him to break the rules, also caused him to flaunt other traditions and to clash time and again with the mores of his time.
Narrated through the Japanese apprentice, Boyle can also step back and give the reader detailed expositions that would have been otherwise clumsy when telling the stories of each of Frank's women. With a strong prose and sur...more
Although I knew the story of his life already, Boyle's detailed and descriptive writing added to the story tremendously, and it was a most vivid movie that played in my head while I was listening to the story.
I hadn't listened to an ebook before, but I found...more
Perhaps because he lives in a house designed by Wright, he seems to channel a lot of the turbulent emotions swirling around the flawed genius. I'm not too interested in architecture, but I love...more
The book is about..as the title implies...The Women. The women in his life and the book is narrated by a Japanese F.L. Wright apprentice, Tadashi Sato, who calls Mr. Wright 'Wrieto-San'....more
The third party narration was a bizarre choice. Told by a former Japanese apprentice, Tadashi Sato, yet written at the distance of decade's by Tadashi's granddaughter's husband (an American named O'Flaherty)it is unclear if this is meant to be a formal memoir, or the memor...more
The scope of this juicy book is quite wide--painting Wright's four major loves over several decades against the backdrop of his Spring Green, Wisconsin masterpi...more