Parts begin to get "girlie" but hang on. I read this for one of my idols, Frank L. Wright, and came away loving Maima (sic).
I am a FLW fan so I didn't expect to be so surprised and engaged by this book. The underlying questions of love, responsibility, family and freedom stimulated a lot of thought and conversation with friends. Mamah was a remarkable woman forced to make a decision that I'm thankful I never had to contemplate in my own life.
I really enjoyed this audiobook for the content of the novel. I could barely stop listening in places. The narrator's voice irritated me a little at the beginning as being a little flat, but she came alive as she used her voice to great effect on different characters and accents. Highly recommend.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - a great story which gives the reader a fascinating look at the early years of Frank Lloyd Wright . It also gave me a good sense of the society and feminism in the early 20th century. The book is apparently very well researched and feels quite realistic. I recommend this highly!
I don't think I will ever search out another book by Nancy Horan. However, if someone recommended a specific book by the author, I would read it without hesitation. The writing was a little rough--transitions weren't always smooth, vocabulary was a pretty limited. I have not listened to any of Joyce Bean's work before, but I did enjoy her voice and style. It is quite clear and soothing. I found it a pleasant listen.
I found the way that the children's situation was described--or NOT described--to be distressing. It is as if the author was as insensitive to the children's needs as were the characters. However, the descriptions of Frank Lloyd Wright's work, his habits, and his personality were interesting and revealing--not what I thought I knew about Wright before reading the book.
While the topic was interesting, it doesn't meet the standard of romance and poignancy that, Bridges of Madison sets, although the topic is quite similar. Still in all, it might make an excellent movie with the right screenwriter.
The social implications of this story are quite sobering, knowing that it was real as opposed to fictional. I don't think the situation would gain the notoriety in this day as it did in the early 1900's. It is a common tale today, which might help explain the weak character of such a large portion of our 21st century society.
The author did such a fine job relaying the story without opinion. So much so that it wasn’t till very late in the book that I was able to form my own opinion. What a couple of characters!! My mother used to say of such a couple that it was a good thing they met each other so they didn’t mess up two other people’s lives. Frank and Mamah unfortunately took out many in their wake to their private bliss. Looking at photographs of either of the main true life characters you would never realize the licentious lives they lead. Fascinating as well for me was how each qualified their actions.
I am enjoying historic fictions for with each one that I have read I goggle something that I am sure just cannot be true… only to learn of events in history that I missed.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
This is a well written, thought provoking book. I always enjoy a book that leaves me a little conflicted. I'm still ruminating over the story, and the characters, especially Mamah. She gave up so much; in fact she gave up everything to be with Frank. I tried to keep an open mind while listening to their story because I didn't want to judge her choices too hastily. I wanted to hear her story. The thing is that I liked Mamah. She was ahead of her time. If I were to meet her today, Mamah would have a career, have had a divorce, have a family, and a past and still be Mamah. But this was another time and place altogether - really a place that I'm so far removed from, gratefully. She was Frank Lloyd Wright's intellectual equal and just as equally flawed since she chose loving him above all.While listening to Loving Henry, I also tried to keep in mind that women did not have any rights at the turn of the century. She was an ambitious woman who wanted a career and had a passion and talent for language. Could she have had a career and been a mother? Probably not. Could she have sacrificed her own happiness for that of her children and kind but passionless husband? Yes but she didn't. Could she have found a different kind a life while keeping some semblance of the one she had? I don't know. Was he worth it? I don't think so. I don't. but this is what I loved about this book. There is lots to think about it. My verdict after keeping an open mind is that she lost it all and I don't think Frank was worth it, not one bit.
I can tell you which was my least favorite. Really so tragic and she did not deserve, nor did her children deserve that end.
Discovering what he was really like
My respect for his talent remains enormous. It is both a blessing (to discover the reality of his character) and a curse for the same reason.
Mamah was amazing -- I grew to love her and what she was experiencing. I had the sense that the author had done an incredible job on researching and then coming up with how things must have happened. Thank You Nancy Horan -- It is no wonder this book is a best seller and was talked about when I visited Taliesin West a couple of years ago.