A Man of Genius by Lynn Rosen
John and his dog, Spanky, review books, movies, DVDs, etc.
JOHN: Emotional conflicts of historic characters are not necessarily true, but, as humans, we know they are there. Rosen creates a fictional character that looks, talks and acts like Frank Lloyd Wright (“a small man with the mass of hair, clothed in a cape, and odd hat, who, when out of doors, was always holding a walking stick in a gloved hand. He presented a dramatic, dynamic figure, never at rest.”).
SPANKY: Of course he’s an architect who acknowledges a symbiotic relationship between man and his environment.
JOHN: His attorney friend writing this, is in italics and says stuff like, “It is generally accepted tat the past controls the pathway to our understanding of the present…I’ve now sat for many weeks refining Carlyle’s tale with my memories filling in the voids.” I think this is an elaborate way for Rosen to tell a fictionalized tale of a real event and a real man.
SPANKY: Which becomes very confusing because of the many characters she presents.
JOHN: Yes, but it does provide a longer time frame, and added suspense at the end.
SPANKY: The architect falls in love with a young mistress who looks like his wife once did. The wife confronts the mistress and one of them is murdered (along with two sisters who die in the architect’s fire to cover things up.
JOHN: We aren’t sure which person the survivor is (thanks to the general confusion you mentioned earlier. So after his death we are left with the dilemma of the man’s public reputation and personal indiscretion.
SPANKY: As we are with Frank Lloyd Wright. The supposed author says: It is the rare person who has the capability to explore down to the heart of the matter.
JOHN: But that is exactly what Lynn Rosen does in this book.
SPANKY: I give it fiver barks out of five.
JOHN: And I, five rosebuds.