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T.C. Boyle's "The Women"
am 31. Mai 2009
T.C. Boyle's most recent work is a fictional telling of just some of the life and times of the very real Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest and most enigmatic architects of the 20th century and one uniquely inspired by the American landscape and experience.
The "women" are HIS women, his wives and mistress. The lines between fact and fiction are blurred and much of the joy in reading Boyle's narrative heightened by the desire to disseminate the actual from the imaginary. A little research certainly satisfies the veracity of time and place and some of the more macabre events, and the author's elegant prose makes for a sparkling tableau.
The cast of characters is grotesque! Wright - the integrity of his work at odds with an egomania that lets little room for moral reflection. What then is genius if not such contradiction? And the damaged women he was drawn to, that he loved and discarded, or they of him, what is it then to be the appendage of this genius?
A sweeping, blistering tale of an America of long ago, that lives still in its creative genius, and its passion to celebrate and destroy that genius. Monstrous and humane. Frank Lloyd Wright IS America. I loved this story and recommend it gladly. (PS: Where are the Coen brothers!)