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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
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Jun 20, 2011

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bookshelves: historical, love
Read in June, 2011

This book was completely engaging up til the last couple of chapters, at which point I found myself skimming; the author's Frank Lloyd Wright, while arguably the more interesting person, was apparently hard to take without a filter. A egocentric guy who's obsessed with architecture is best in small doses.

So... it's the story of a famous affair, it's a story about a famous person, it's a story about feminism, it's a story about divorce. It's a step backward in time. It's the only thing I've ever read about FLR, so I can't say if it's very accurate; it did paint him as a charismatic sh*t of the first order, without making him seem like a "bad" person. It presented the consequences of adultery without making the cheaters seem like bad people, or the abandoned spouses, either.

A pretty good balancing act.

In the end the book doesn't exactly say ANYthing; it presents the affair, more or less from start to finish, and lets you decide for yourself what you think about it.

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