Friday, June 11, 2010
Book Review: Loving Frank
TITLE: Loving Frank
PART IN SERIES: Standalone novel
AUTHOR: Nancy Horan
GENRE: Historical Fiction
PREMISE: The tale of the affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney
MY REVIEW: As a former design/art student I love Frank Lloyd Wright and therefore was really interested in this book and thrilled when I snagged a copy at the book fair. Unfortunately...it was kind of a let down for me.
I'm not sure what I was expecting but I know I wanted more from it then this. I guess I was hoping for some great insight to Frank Lloyd Wright himself and his character and ideas but instead the book mainly focuses on Mamah and what she goes through. While that's not horrible the problem is that Mamah...is rather boring compared to Wright. Most of it is her babbling on and on about stuff. The weird thing is I actually liked her character more when she was on her own and thinking for herself instead of worrying about her husband or when she was overshadowed by Wright. It got to the point where I really felt she was better off on her own and was then disappointed when they get back together and then of course the untimely fire. Call me crazy but I don't think that's supposed to be the case?
Then there's the fact that it's just...dull. The writing is dull, Mamah is dull, the pacing is dull. I was just sort of bored throughout. I won't say it completely stinks because that may be just me. A lot of other people seem to find something good in this book. But me personally? Didn't care for it.
WHO SHOULD READ: historical fiction fans, those who are interested in Frank Lloyd Wright
MY RATING: Two and a half out of Five stained glass windows
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