Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: The Women

The Women by T.C. Boyle

The Women is the story of Frank Lloyd Wright told from the perspective of the four women who loved him.

This was, well, an interesting book. Rather than start with his first wife and end with his last. The author went backwards starting with the last wife. It made starting the second section difficult as when the first section ended it felt so much like the end of the story that I had to re-get into the book.

I wanted to really like this book. But I didn't. There were parts that were great. The storytelling fantastic and descriptive. And then there were parts that were repetitive and parts that Boyle just failed at portraying the women without making it obvious it was a man writing a woman's perspective.

And then there was the narrator and foot notes. For the most part, the foot notes didn't bother me though they were slightly annoying. The narrator on the other hand highly annoyed me. The summary on the back of the book did not allude to any narrator. I had assumed the book would be told completely from the women's perspectives. But the book opens with a fictional Japanese apprentice to Wright describing his journey to Taliesin for the first time. And because the "introduction" is written in first person, it took me at least 10 pages before I realized the narrator was a man and not a woman. So I was a bit confused. The introductions of 30-40 pages each before the three different sections I found to be superfluous and boring.

I do know several people who have enjoyed this book. I am just not one of them.

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

Next month - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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