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Would you like to view this in our Asia edition? It wasn't until he left Chicago that a detective from another state tracked him down. You're the writer, not me - you figure it out. Here's a check. Now go make me a bestseller! View all 68 comments. Overwhelmingly underwhelming was a year to remember - the World's Fair came to Chicago and H.
Holmes one of America's most famous serial killers took full advantage. He stalked the streets and murdered whomever he pleased. I really liked the idea of this one - to take one of America's greatest triumphs and splicing his story along with one of the greatest horrors. There's too high of a disconnect between these two sides This reads like two separate books thrown together at inop Overwhelmingly underwhelming was a year to remember - the World's Fair came to Chicago and H.
Jun 12, Madeline rated it liked it Shelves: history-nonfiction. He is currently wandering the dark land of the pre-Next Idea. I never questioned that. I never saw him angry. Learn something new every day. Larson describes the conflicting and outlandish personalities of the time, and makes us marvel that the thing ever actually got done. He was just a crazed immigrant newspaper vendor who bought his appearance on the world stage with a gun.
There's too high of a disconnect between these two sides This reads like two separate books thrown together at inopportune moments - as soon one half got the least bit exciting, we'd swap. It was frustrating and ultimately exasperating to read. The World Fair section was interesting in its own right, but it paled so much in comparison to the serial killer that it became something to slog through. For the World's Fair - we see the entirety of its creation and eventual destruction. Ample page space was given to dissecting every. Roughly half the book was wasted on petty squabbles about the building paint, boats in the harbor and the landscaping.
I finally understand how my mother can fall asleep while reading. Then, once I nodded off between times, we'd jump to the insane murderer.
But, there was a huge disconnect regarding page space. The longer the book went on, the shorter those H. Holmes sections would be - towards the end, we'd only get we'd get 1 to 10 pages from H. Holmes' perspective for every couple chapters of building plans. The two main stories weren't entirely separate - they did tangentially intersect - notably H. Holmes managed to lure so many people into his hotel because of the fair and he did take one of his victims to the fair but those connections did not seem strong enough for a joint book.
While I appreciate the time and effort it took to research such a complete account of , I had a hard time enjoying the novel. It felt like more of a mess than anything. View all 49 comments. Sep 11, Seth T. Humour me and please allow the channeling an eighth grader for just a moment. OMG Squeee!! Would an eighth grader say "teh best"?
And now we return you to our regularly scheduled review. I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction. Scratch that. I'm a huge fan of non-fiction, but not so huge a fan of reading non-fiction. While I appreciate learning and broadening my understanding of the world around and as it once was, I find myself pretty quickly distracted from whatever non-fictional work I Humour me and please allow the channeling an eighth grader for just a moment.
While I appreciate learning and broadening my understanding of the world around and as it once was, I find myself pretty quickly distracted from whatever non-fictional work I pick up. The fact is: most writers of non-fiction are more experts in their field of study than they are expert authors.
They deliver the goods well, but aren't quite as adept at prettying them up for consumption. Erik Larson, however, is a genius. Or something. I could not put this book down. In the figurative sense—it actually took me about two weeks to read. The entire length of my time in this book was marked with moments of in which I would stop reading, interrupt my wife from the depths of her studies, and remark again how good this book was. I'm sure that she would have been happier had Larson just been your average purveyor of non-fictionalizations.
Architect, Daniel Burnham and pharmacist, Henry Holmes. One would helm the creation of a wonderland of awe-striking beauty and refinement.
The other would become one of America's earliest and most diabolical serial killers. All this against the backdrop of the World's Columbian Exposition a. Daniel Burnham, the self-made architect, who designed the Rookery in Chicago would design the Flatiron Building in New York, assembled a team of the best American architects of the day for the task of crafting a World's Fair in Chicago that would be even more exquisite than the one held in Paris years earlier.
The Paris Exposition had also unveiled Gustave Eiffel's incredible tower, so Burnham put a call out to American engineering: something grander would have to be proposed and built. National reputation was at stake as well as civic pride. Larson explores in exciting detail the glories and the tragedies of this great endeavor. In contrast to this paean to human ingenuity and spirit, Larson focuses the other half of his narrative on a man as diligent in his chosen task as Burnham was in his.
Holmes, the self-style pharmacist, who killed upwards of twenty-seven mostly young women, fresh to the city , built for himself a hideous parody of the grand buildings that the world would soon celebrate. Bit by bit, he crafted what would later be known as his murder castle, a hotel whose ground floor hosted several businesses and whose other floors would boast far more sinister use.
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The second and third floors contained numerous rooms and hallways and secret compartments and switches. Airtight rooms with gas outlets.
Walk-in vaults purpose not for keeping out but for keeping in. And a slicked chute to the basement where a kiln, acid, and limepits awaited.
Holmes was handsome and charming in a way that made him irresistible to women. He was also a psychopath who would turn the American attention far too late.
Larson, as a chronicler, is top notch. He entertains even as he educates. And he leaves just enough narrative tension to compel the reader along his path. Larson knows how to keep enough information back to avoid rendering the latter half of his book naught but excruciating anti-climax. The Devil in the White City is certainly an accomplishment and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
You didn't actually have to force me. View all 29 comments. So, no offense to those that liked this book, but I'm throwing in the towel after 75 pages. It's just not holding my interest. Part of the reason for this is that Larson's writing style is way too speculative for my taste in non-fiction. I just finished reading the Path Between Seas by David McCullough, and he does such an amazing job of making complicated, historical events interesting, without fabricating scenes that "could have" happened.
Even that wouldn't have bothered me that much if Lars So, no offense to those that liked this book, but I'm throwing in the towel after 75 pages. Even that wouldn't have bothered me that much if Larson had said something more like, "It's likely he did this, since we know this about his personality" or whatever, rather than "He reached out and touched her hand as he spoke to her. That got bothersome. I could have just ignored the non-fiction aspect and enjoyed the story, if not for Larson's habit of getting bogged down in inconsequential details.
He seemed to throw facts or conjectured facts in whenever the fancy struck him, rather than keeping the story moving.