Chicago,1903. Un jeune couple, les Cheney, fait appel a Frank Lloyd Wright, l'architecte d'avant-garde, genial et rebelle, pour qu'il construise leur nouvelle maison. Et c'est le coup de foudre: Frank tombe follement amoureux de Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Au point que, quelques annees plus tard, les amants partent pour l'Europe, abandonnant conjoints et enfants, au grand scandale de la bonne societe americaine, puritaine et devote. Ou qu'ils aillent, Frank et Mamah, enchaines par leur passion mais hantes par une culpabilite ...
Chicago,1903. Un jeune couple, les Cheney, fait appel a Frank Lloyd Wright, l'architecte d'avant-garde, genial et rebelle, pour qu'il construise leur nouvelle maison. Et c'est le coup de foudre: Frank tombe follement amoureux de Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Au point que, quelques annees plus tard, les amants partent pour l'Europe, abandonnant conjoints et enfants, au grand scandale de la bonne societe americaine, puritaine et devote. Ou qu'ils aillent, Frank et Mamah, enchaines par leur passion mais hantes par une culpabilite intolerable, font la une de la presse americaine. Ils rentrent aux Etats-Unis en 1914, et leur histoire d'amour va connaitre un denouement dramatique... Nancy Horan raconte avec tact et empathie le combat, perdu d'avance, de deux etres emportes par un sentiment qui les depasse . Stephane Hoffmann, Madame Figaro. Un amour au gout de soufre . Francoise Dargent, Le Figaro litteraire.
THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY INTERESTING BOOK REVIEWING A PART OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S LIFE. I WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND IT TO MY FRIENDS AND ALREADY HAVE DONE SO. YOU GET SO INVOLVED IN THEIR LIVES THAT YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN FOR A MINUTE.
This was a fascinating book.... a real page turner.
The book describes an early part of Wright's life that the current Wright fans probably never knew about.
I couldn't put it down,
Jun 15, 2009
What I didn't know about Frank Lloyd Wright
This story presented many questions.
How fascinating could a man be for a woman to leave her children with a friend in another state who has just given birth while she takes off for an extended stay in Europe to be with her lover?
Why would you marry a man you are not in love with and then have two children by him?
How could you be friendly with a woman entering her home while you're having an affair with her husband?
Was this really about feminism as many have pointed out?
Was it the celebrity quality of Frank Lloyd Wright, his ego, or his talent or all three which fascinated so many women and drew them to him?
Why did Frank think people owed him?
The ending was a big surprise.
For those of us who hold Frank Lloyd Wright to be the icon of American architecture that he is, this was a personal look that I had no reference to before I read this book.
Jan 11, 2009
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan is a work of historical fiction set in the early 1900s that explores female roles in society and the feminist movement. Frank Lloyd Wright is an icon in arthitecture known for his unique vision of marrying nature and structure. His visionary ideals did not stop there and he threw society's mores to the wind by embarking on a love affair. Mamah Cheney joined Frank in leaving her family to explore their vision of love. This book paints a possible portrait of their transcontinental affair with romance, love and career. She gained opportunities to translate works in the feminist movement and became a bit of a female revolutionary herself. Nancy Horan wrote a thought-provoking book exploring the choices made by those who challenge the status quo and the consequences to both society and the individuals.
Sep 30, 2008
A Woman Torn
Mamah was a married woman with 2 children when her husband commissions Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for them. Although her husband is reliable and considerate, he cannot compete with the excitement and genius of Wright. They soon embarked upon an affair that leads to the break up of two familes and an ending of tragic proportions. Well written and interesting tale of a passion that the participants thought was beyond their control but turned out to be bittersweet.
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