Kathleen's Reviews > Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town

Dogtown by Elyssa East
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Sep 23, 2011

it was ok
Read from September 23, 2011 to January 13, 2012

I read the first third of the book very quickly, but then got really bored and it took me months to finish it. I felt the book's choppy timeline did not work. If she had written the book chronologically (history of Dogtown, followed by the 1984 murder and done it in two major sections) it would have worked better for me. She also wrote this over ten years and part of the lack of congruity I feel is due to that. Certain sections are clearly inspired and others aren't.

I read this book because was interested in the folklore and the murder, but all the other information was uninteresting, and perhaps could have been left out. I understand she wanted to be as complete as possible and provide most of the information she found about Dogtown. I am also not a history buff, so it may have a larger appeal if this is your subject.

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