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Sunday, March 15, 2015
The Devil in the White City in Review
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
By Erik Larson
This book is outside of my normal wheelhouse. In general I tend to stay away from nonfiction books, one because I get bored easily with them and second it’s often about the perspective or view of the writer. When this book was recommended to me I was honestly intrigued both with the premise of the story and idea. In fact I found myself double checking to confirm that this was a nonfiction book.
Rarely do we find good story tellers in nonfiction. What Erik Larson has been able to do, however, is create a beautiful and informative story about the history of the 1893 World’s Fair along with the rabid killing spree of Dr. H.H. Holmes. All within the same city?
If history were written like this perhaps more people would be open to it. I could not put this down, he not only shows us step by step the madness of a killer, but also the details in creating and making the World’s Fair. Surprisingly he also lets us see glimpses of the start of the great depression and the many struggles that were faced from both sides.
Larson takes nonfiction to a new level, and this book I have to give a high recommendation. Don’t wait to read this. A gifted and talented writer Larson takes what could be viewed as boring subject material and breaths unbelievable life into it making it a page-turner you won’t want to put down. This is a five plus star book that is well worth checking out.
Its More then Just a Dream
- As a recently married 46 year old I am in the process of finishing my degree. Working to take care of my family and live my life.Blogging, working, writing, and chugging along like most of us. Who am I ? I am you, I am me, I am your mother, friend, the best and worst that we each have inside of us. I am a different perspective and find myself fascinated by the interesting moments in life.