Friday, August 26, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday: The Women

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Katy from A Few More Pages. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

The Women by T.C. Boyle

"I didn't know much about automobiles at the time - still don't for that matter - but it was an automobile that took me to Taliesin in the fall of 1932, through a country alternatively fortified with trees and rolled out like a carpet to the back wall of its barns, hayricks and farmhouses, through towns with names like Black Earth, Mazomanie and Coon Rock, where no one in living memory had ever seen a Japanese face."

While this is the story of Frank Lloyd Wright and three of his women (two eventually became wives), it is narrated by a Japanese intern from later in Wright's career, and I honestly don't really understand why Boyle uses this conceit even though I'm 2/3 of the way through the book.


Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I just finished Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. How does it compare?

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Carin Siegfried said...

I adored Loving Frank. This one, not so much. I'd say at this point, not bother, and I'm 75% of the way through. I'm learning interesting stuff but the style is very off-putting and the author is rather full of himself.

Anonymous said...

I've no idea if I'd like the book or not, but it does have a nice beginning.

Ann said...

What a wonderful beginning - I could probably say the same thing about auto-mobiles. Sorry to hear the rest of the books isn't quite living up to its opening lines.