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The Women by T.C. Boyle
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May 03, 10

Read in May, 2010

Frank Lloyd Wright had at least four women in his life and these are their stories. It takes a strong, independent and possibly somewhat crazy woman to put up with the arrogant, self-involved personality of Wright. In fact, it possibly takes a bit of arrogance and a lot of one's own self-involvment. It was a different world at the turn of the 19th century. There was a woman's movement afoot and new ideas about how women could live in the world were being revealed in Europe as well as the United States. These women were forerunners to those ideas or took them up as light in their world.
The writing style of this book is excellent and different. One would expect to find the women dealt with in the order in which they came into Wright's life, instead Boyle begins with the last woman and works his way back to Wright's first wife, Kitty. (A woman who predates the femine movement in her life with Wright, but is none the less a woman to be reckoned with). The story makes a complete circle and is well written, especially if you appreciate wordy novels. The novel is narrated by one of Wright's apprentices, Tadashi Sato. All in all a book well worth the read.
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