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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
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Jan 28, 11

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Recommended to Nancy by: Felisa Rosa
Read from December 22 to 31, 2010

I decided to read this book because so many goodreads friends had read it, giving it a real variety of rankings (2 five stars, one four and a one star.)_

This is a rather bizarre history. It covers several years in the lives of a disparate group of men. The architects who designed the Chicago World's fair, an obviously insane murder and a charming con man who killed at least 9 people for financial gain and for the pleasure of the kill.

It really seemed like two short books (one about building the 1993 World's fair and one about a serial killer) that were fused together with a dab about another murder thrown in. I can only wonder what was the driving force to meld there stories. Was the author trying to lure folks interested in crime stories into an interest in architecture, especially landscape architecture? Or maybe get architecture buffs interested in serial murder stories?

It is better than a one star book but I can't see 4 or 5 stars . I'd love to see a full review by the folks who gave it more stars. I will go ask.






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Felisa Rosa I guess one of the reasons I liked it is that I'm always interested in the idea of all the disparate things that are going on at once in any given place. I felt like the two stories had a fairly strong link because the killer was specifically preying on people who were attending the World's Fair.


Felisa Rosa also I do like reading about serial killers, so that probably helped!


Nancy Ah, yes our less than literary reading pleasures. I recently realized I'm a sucker for autobiographies of women who spent time in religious cults....


Felisa Rosa ha. Maybe I'll have to get into that, too...


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