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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Disliked the characters--Loved the book!!

If I disliked Mamah (and I did), why do I feel so shocked and bothered? Nancy Horan does an amazing job, starting with her exhaustive research, in bringing these two characters back to life with all their warts. The enigma for me is that a woman depicted as being ahea...
If I disliked Mamah (and I did), why do I feel so shocked and bothered? Nancy Horan does an amazing job, starting with her exhaustive research, in bringing these two characters back to life with all their warts. The enigma for me is that a woman depicted as being ahead of her time in espousing women's rights would sacrifice everything dear to her for the "love" of a man. With her intelligence and many wonderful gifts, Mamah could have lead a rich and exciting life; but instead, she ended up living a life secluded from the things and people she loved most. Whether it was her intention or not, the author does a good job of showing how decisions we make based on our own needs and gratification can have far reaching and unexpected consequences for those close to us and even for peripheral persons in our lives. The ending was unexpected and jarring. I loved this book for many reasons which surprised me because, as I said, I could not like Mamah or Frank. A great bood for discussion!

posted by NanaBeth_PA on May 5, 2010

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7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

a waste of time

Someone recommended this book to me. I do like the architecture of FLW and enjoy reading historical books. This I must say is not an historical book. It is highly fictionalized. I had to make myself push through it - I don't know why I did - thinking eventually ther...
Someone recommended this book to me. I do like the architecture of FLW and enjoy reading historical books. This I must say is not an historical book. It is highly fictionalized. I had to make myself push through it - I don't know why I did - thinking eventually there would be something redeeming. The characters were unbelievably selfish and the authors attempt to make them anything but was annoying. It is indeed a tragic story but not just because of the ending but because of the selfish acts that brought them to that place and the other lives that were affected by them.

posted by Anonymous on August 20, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    a waste of time

    Someone recommended this book to me. I do like the architecture of FLW and enjoy reading historical books. This I must say is not an historical book. It is highly fictionalized. I had to make myself push through it - I don't know why I did - thinking eventually there would be something redeeming. The characters were unbelievably selfish and the authors attempt to make them anything but was annoying. It is indeed a tragic story but not just because of the ending but because of the selfish acts that brought them to that place and the other lives that were affected by them.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2008

    Not as good as I hoped

    Looking at everyones reviews I bought this book and was looking forward to reading it. I got 3/4 of the way though and it still did not pick up and I had no iterest. I jumped to the last chapter and I think that was the best one of all. I really love Frank Lloyd Write and the building industry but this book was terrible.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Exhaustive research and a feminist voice do not make this a well

    Exhaustive research and a feminist voice do not make this a well written novel. It is plodding, the writing banal. In the hands of a talented writer with a story this explosive, this book would have been stunning. Only after the catastrophe did Ms. Horan seem to finally relax into her "voice." Unfortunately, by then it was too late. I wish the author had waited until she'd written a few books to hone her writing skills before tackling "Loving Frank."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    What a ridiculous book.....

    I found the characters boring and the storyline hard to follow. The book was sordid and pointless. I stopped reading it after about 100 pages. What a waste of money!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2009

    Hated it...

    In my opinion, this book is a depressing waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2009

    Should be called "Boring Frank"

    Ugh. Two utterly unlikeable characters marinating in their own self-regard and endlessly rehashing whether or not it was a good idea for them to have an affair. Gobs of interior monologue. Flagrant meretricious use of feminism as a theme. I'm afraid I might vomit upon contact with anything having to do with FLW from now on. I mean, more so than before.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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