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).
Probably not but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. I found it extremely interesting and it made me think. Think about the women's movement, think about women who leave their children behind, and think about the importance of intellectual stimulation.
I thought she had a great quality to her voice that was pleasant to listen to. She helped you like the character of Mamah and give her thoughtful consideration.
I didn't find much humor but I did find sadness. But I also thought how I appreciate what women like Mamah did for women. I have a pretty tough time thinking about a woman abandoning her children but I do understand the desire to be able to use ones mind and and be considered an intelligent person and not just an appendage. Women had so few choices in her time. She was an extremely brave person but perhaps selfish too. For that matter I have always thought of Frank Lloyd Wright as a pompous ass. But this book also gave you some insight into his persona.
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!
Except for her tragic demise, the main character of this novel, Mamah Borthwick Cheney is fairly uninteresting to read about. While she was an early advocate for women's rights, her portrayal was not nearly as engaging as were the parts that dealt with Frank Lloyd Wright. To the credit of the story, I enjoyed learning more about these years of his life and how much he loved and sacrificed for her. I know, I should have gotten a book about FLW. One more critism, the verbal exchanges between Mamah and her children are so trite! My opinion: Sorry, not worth the time.
I'm looking forward to learning the rest of the story, but I just can't stand this narrator any longer. She sounds like she's reading.
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I thought this would be an illuminating book with a creative viewpoint due to the artist involved. I was wrong. It was just another cheat and hide book. I'm returning it. How the author had the nerve to write how she destroyed lives to meet her own ends is beyond me.
No way. She has the morals of an alley cat.
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.