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Banvard's Folly by Paul  Collins
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Feb 19, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: history buffs, academicians
Read in October, 2008

I made the unfortunate mistake of reading this last amongst Collins's works (second-to-last, really, I have not yet read Not Even Wrong...), which makes it difficult to fully enjoy. Sixpence House and The Trouble with Tom are wonderfully written and polished books wherein Collins has truly found his voice and style of writing. Banvard's Folly meanwhile, lacks some small portions of his style present in other works, and truly feels like a first book of an author. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic work of history, a collection of people who it is truly unthinkable to have never heard of. Even as failures, many of these people have greatly shaped the world around us that some things only seem to make sense once we learn of their failures.

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message 1: by Malea (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:53AM) (new)

Malea M I enjoyed this book, but I agree, it's not as well written as the other books.

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