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Posted March 6, 2008
This absolutely fascinating book, now being optioned as a major motion picture, was more than I dreamed. I thought it would be a dry, historical account of yet another Frank Lloyd Wright angle. I was ASTONISHED when I discovered that the author had a hilarious dry wit, and that the story was a page turner--sex, violence, gore, art, beauty, feminism, racism issues--nothing left out. Bloody hatchet murders, burning alive, romance, betrayal. All meticulously researched and written in a diction that intelligent people will delight in. The book is curently number ONE seller in nonfiction books on Wright, and number three in the arts. And growing in popularity. Both TV and movies are in the works, and there is NO OTHER BOOK which covers this most riveting subject. THREE THUMBS UP! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. One of the best reads in the last 10 years.
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Posted October 19, 2007
I picked up this book out of curiousity and was disappointed throughout. There was overkill with detail. As I waded through the book it was difficult to understand who was who and what was going on. If you are looking for a book that will overwhelm you with unimportant details then this is for you - otherwise try something else.
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Posted April 8, 2010
My book club chose this book. We live in a suburb between Chicago and the Wisconsin border so Frank Lloyd Wright is very prevelant in our area and was of interest to many of us. I have gone on the Wright tours in Oak Park, Illinois (were they are very hush hush about the Taliesin murders and literally want to sweep it under the rug..makes me wonder if that is just so they can make a buck? If people lost respect for this man not as many would spend money to come and see his work) and had read Loving Frank. A novel based on Frank Lloyd Wright's life and his life he lived with his lover. Which I loved! This book starts out so slow and boring. I know the author wants to give us background on Frank's disfunctional family..but it was so flat and boring I had a hard time getting through it. The chapter about the fire starts out so brutal...and not necessary, especially since there wasn't actually anyone there who survived to tell exactly how it happened. I do have to admit that I am glad I struggled through the book and our bookclub meeting to discuss this was one of our best discussions of a book. I really have no respect for Frank Lloyd Wright after reading this book. I didn't feel that after reading Loving Frank. Lastly, the author uses such difficult words that I found myself looking up words just to understand a sentance. I am all for learning new words but who is the author trying to impress here? (examples: consanguinity, peripetcia, atavistic, bucolic, penury, miasma...and I could go on and on). With so many great reads out there.. I definately would not recommend wasting your time on this one.
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Posted January 5, 2008
This book was fantastic! It sheds some light on an overlooked period in Frank Lloyd Wright's life. While there are ultimately no answers to the mysteries involved, it is a rivoting read!
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