I nearly put this book aside on several occasions during the first half because I just couldn't get into it.I really enjoyed the last third, although I'm more interested in reading the actual history of the times, than I enjoyed the novel.
I loved this book. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because the contemporary plot wasn't quite as gripping & I constantly wanted to go back to the 'past' because the characters & story were so engaging. But do read it!
This is such a fascinating story - Frank Lloyd Wright had an extraordinary personal life, but this book just didn't grab me. There are footnotes on every page (it's a novel)and to quote Noel Coward, "footnotes are like making love in an upstairs bedroom and having to go downstairs all the time to answer the door." Exactly.
This is just an extraordinary book. Superbly written, but not an easy read. It's provocative, challenging and has a similar complexity of language as Wolf Hall & A Place of Greater Safety. It's readers book, if you get my drift. Will definitely re-read.
I know this is a classic, but I thought it was one of the most depressing books I've read for awhile. Incredibly slow beginning, unpleasant characters, but some very beautiful prose. So I admired it, but I didn't enjoy it or relish it. Glad to have finished it.