THE VALLEY OF THE GOD-ALMIGHTY JONESES by Naginel Wright Barney

THE VALLEY OF THE GOD-ALMIGHTY JONESES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Valley of the Clan lay in Wisconsin, not feuding Country, and the Lloyd-Joneses were upstanding, non-feuding people who might have been called God-loving rather than God-Almighty in this misleading title. The story of their remove from Wales to a new land forms the first part of this cheerful, affectionate remembrance. The fact that Annie Lloyd married William Russell Cary Wright leads to the second subject of Mrs. Barney's book) for Frank Lloyd Wright was her much-loved older brother. She recalls her mother's devotion to her son and her determination for him (it was she who gave him building blocks at a tender age); later her own associations with the household in Chicago after he married young Catherine Tobin, and still later the construction and destruction of Taliesin I, followed by Taliesin II (and eventually III), where in 1936. Wright's finances were assured by the coveted Johnson Wax Building commission. The presence of the man who ""lived life at its central current"" lifts this somewhat out of the unassuming feminine biography it would otherwise be; yet, Wright is not predominant enough for those whose interest is primarily in him.

Publisher: Appleton-Century