Fall of Frost
Called "a spellbinding prose stylist"("Los Angeles Times"), Brian Hall drew extraordinary praise for his novel "I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company," in which he captured the personal lives of Lewis and Clark. Now he turns his talents to R ...more
The book was a challenge as the short chapters continually alternate between different periods of time; it was tough to keep track of who was alive, not yet born, deceased etc, to keep reflections in perspective and the events in some sort of understandable sequence. Interspersed throughout too w ...more
The book jumps around a lot through different time periods, back and forth, and I just found that more confusing than helpful to the plot.
All in all, this should be very character-driven, but the characterization didn't come alive for me.
I have so many books that I wanted to read th ...more
However, found this book fascinating and motivating to read biographies about Robert Frost. While I've enjoyed Frost's works, never knew that he had six children - four of which predeceased him. " ... a portrait of one man's rage, guilt, generosity, paranoia, def ...more
As to the book itself, it seems the author had an axe to grind with the esteemed poet he was writing about. He dwelt on Frost's failures and tragedies and not on his talent and the gift of his poetry that he bestowed upon the world.
Very disappointing, indeed.
The Frost Family
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Elinor White (1872-1938)
Elinor Bettina (1907-1907)
Reviewers generally praised this fictionalized biography of the great American poet. Most lauded Hall's novel as a beautiful and well-written, albeit sad, account of Frost's tragic life. Every critic mentioned the unconventional narrative structure