Islam Abdul Fattah Abdul Fattah itibaren Didnu, Himachal Pradesh 175040, Hindistan
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This was a fascinating book about India. Although it's billed as a novel, it seems to be pretty autobiographical. The author led a fascinating life in Mumbai (Bombay) after his escape from an Australian prison. He lived in and ran a clinic in one of the slums, worked with the local mafia, traveled to Afghanistan during the Russian occupation, spent time in an Indian jail, etc. Having spent time in India I found many of his insights about the slums especially interesting - they are places of vibrancy and community - much unlike our Western perceptions. His descriptions of the local people were great. My only complaint is that any book that's over 900 pages long is TOO LONG - no matter how good it is... There are several YouTube links, easily available through Google, with the author talking about the book and his life. I do recommend the book but plan to have plenty of time to get it read....
Loving Frank is a beautifully written novel about the love affair between Mamah (may-mah) Borthwick Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright. It is based on true evetns, but it is a work of fiction. One important thing that I suggest is that if you are going to read this book, which I highly recommend, do not Google Mamah for it will give away important events in the book as well as the ending. We all know Frank Lloyd Wright for his amazing architecture and contributions to art in America. He remains the American Architect. The beginning of his career as a solo architect began in Chicago around the turn of the century. He actually was a part of the World's Fair while working for Louis Sullivan, which I only learned by reading The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. One of his commissions was to build the home of Edwin and Mamah Cheney. Mamah had already been friends with FLW's wife Catherine, but working with him on her house resulted in the two of them falling in love. Their love was highly unusual in 1903. Also unusual in 1903 was a woman like Mamah. She was highly educated, fluent in multiple languages and not only did she fight for women's right to vote, she also wanted to be able to have a life outside of the home and not just through social teas. In many ways, she settled in marrying Edwin Chaney and meeting FLW sparked something in her that she couldn't ignore. One thing that makes this book so special is that Horan is both a journalist and a novelist. She grew up in Oak Park, IL, where Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney lived. Her journalistic background brings a level of truth to the novel and her skill as a writer makes this a beautiful work not to be missed.