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Loving Frank is heart wrenching story of love and loss in many different ways. I'd heard of the architect before I read the story, but not knowing anything about him or this story. It is better not too, I feel... The main reason I purchased this book is because of the title; my husband is also named Frank. I listened to it on audible mostly because the font is so small that I found it difficult to read. The writing is very descriptive and I enjoyed the world they lived in, although not approving of the circumstances. But the heart does not always listen to the head.
Really enjoyable historical fiction. The author uses Mamah Borthwick's love for Frank Lloyd Wright to draw in her audience -- note the title Loving Frank -- and then proceeds to focus on the interesting and unconventional life of Mamah. Prior to reading this book, I didn't even know who she was. By the end, I was captivated.
Not all historical fiction is entertaining enough to listen to in audiobook form while working out, but this is. Great story, great characters, satisfies the human need for gossip and gaping at the lives of others, while also attempting to be fair to all involved.
While I view Mamah Borthwick Cheney as a selfish person who, almost laughably, becomes the moral compass for Frank Lloyd Wright, it is annoying that she rarely even gets a mention in stories of his life. She was probably the most significant love of his life, despite being married three times, once before and twice after his relationship with her. This is such an interesting novel based on their initial meeting and subsequent love affair and definitely worth the listen. It is not my usual choice of books to listen to and I still don't understand what compelled me to get it, but I'm so glad I did! I recommend it highly!
An interesting look at a story that is, by and large, one of history's footnotes. This novel focuses on the story of Mamah Borthwick and Frank Lloyd Wright from a 3rd person perspective which looks through the eyes of Mamah. In so doing, it is a little ponderous in getting to the depths of the affair, and we never really come to know Mamah, much less Frank. This does not help us relate to the choices they make nor to their meanderings through Europe, Japan and their building project, particularly. Nonetheless, the final scenes are no less shocking. The writing is solid, but not inspired. Ditto the narration.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Having been a fan of the great Frank Lloyd Wrights work i was surprised by the revelations of his personal life and descriptions of his personality.
I recommend this book it is well written and narrated.
As another reviewer mentioned, DO NOT GOOGLE the characters in this books until you've finished it. Superbly written, beautiful and almost unbelievable in the unfortunately history of the end.
The self-exploration of mamah throughout
I would have liked more info on how the people and family left behind coped
Might be factual evidence about them. This version of the story leans heavily on their bravery and self suffering. Not much said of the results for those left behind.
fascinating historical fiction piece that opened my eyes to how the society has changed since about 100 years ago.