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Frank Troy Reviews Laura Marello’s Tenants of the Hotel Biron 

tenants of the hotel bironIn order to describe Laura Marello’s Tenants of the Hotel Biron, in his recent review, Professor Frank Troy compares the book to Howard Gardner’s Creating Minds.

He explains that, like Creating Minds, Tenants of the Hotel Biron “provides a wide-ranging study of creative genus, and the two books focus on creativity during the same time period.”

After outlining the general focus of the book, Troy delves deeper into the author’s purpose and craftsmanship, as well as into the book’s strengths and structure.

He comments on Marello’s ability to illustrate art’s “multi-faceted entanglements.”

“ [Tenants presents] art as a calling; art as technique and craftsmanship; art as representation with branches leading into impressionism, expressionism, and various forms of post-modernism that become non-representational; art as an outlet for thoughts and feelings that are sometimes rooted in rationality but occasionally in obsession, eroticism, neurosis, and madness; art as seduction; art as propaganda; art as confession; art as aspiration; art as a secret code known only to initiates.”

Furthermore, he explains that Marello’s portrayal of art allows us to understand the connection between the artist and his work.

“The book leads us to appreciate that most if not all gifted artists identify so deeply with their work that, at least for a time after the work is produced, the creation and the creator’s ego are inseparable”

In elaborating on the book’s strengths, Troy praises “the craftsmanship of its prose” and stresses that, despite tackling a plethora of rich subject matter, Tenants of the Hotel Biron retains clarity in “the architectonics of its structure.”

“In the hands of a lesser writer, an exploration of such richness could produce a weltered and confusing text, but not in this case…The end result is not a weltered confusion, but a collection of disparate personalities and voices that form, in the end, a very satisfying ensemble.”

He concludes by stressing that Marello “is herself a first-rate artist whose medium is prose” and that Tenants of the Hotel Biron is “a book that most intelligent readers will enjoy. Highly recommended.”


Frank Troy’s review of Tenants of Hotel Biron is also accessible on Amazon 

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