Wednesday, August 16, 2006

 

#41: The Devil in the White City


I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Larson told the story of two men, Daniel Burnham and H.H. Holmes, who were linked together by the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Burnham was the directing architect behind the beauty and wonder of the fair and Holmes was a serial killer who built a hotel near the fair.

The book was intriguing because Larson did an excellent job jumping between the stories of the two men. Although they never met, their stories compliment each other well. I found myself captivated by the descriptions of the World's Fair and often rereading parts of the book to pick up on small details. It is rare that I want to see a place so badly after reading a book, but I really wanted to see the Chicago World's Fair. If only someone would invent time travel. Larson did such a great job telling the story that I was fascinated with learning more about the World's Fair so I often found myself reading articles or looking at pictures on the Internet. The book was a little long but it was worth reading every page. I would highly reccomend it.

Comments:
anne. sorry i didn't call back. i've seen this book around. sounds good. i have been reading a bill bryson book about the american english language. they do take a while to read, so i haven't posted in some time. this is something about which i feel quite awful. am at the library now, and am checking out new books. also just read an article about the new james bond. england doesn't like him, but what do those limeys know? he's hot. just wanted to update my readers. i am reading...
 
I agree with your review superanne. I wish I could find more pictures of this fair. The way Larson tells it, it was a regular occurrence that people would come into the Court of Honor and be brought to tears by its beauty. It was a little long, but all of the detail turned out to be worth it I think.
 
i liked your review so much i had to read the book for myself - and i'm so glad i did! it rocked. one thing i especially enjoyed reading about was the important role that frederick law olmstead (the father of landscape architecture) played in the design/construction of the fair.
-steph
 
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