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The First Psychic: The Peculiar Mystery Of A Victorian Wizard

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This is the story of the world's first recognised psychic, Daniel Dunglas Home, and the Victorians who deified and despised him.
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Published August 18th 2005 by Little, Brown
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Linda Stratmann
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am fascinated by Victorian oddities and eccentrics and for me this was the perfect book!
Phoebe
Jan 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The very reason this book sucks was revealed in the preface, when the author admitted to beings obsessed with his subject that he did nothing but research him for 18 years. A book about a single person that has been so obsessively researched has also, clearly, been this obsessively written. Meaning it leaves out NONE of the painfully boring details. I made it through Chapter 1 before wanting to throw it out the window. After Chapter 3, I finally decided it was never going to get any better. It's ...more
Phillipa
Apr 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
See, the story sounded so interesting but Lamont writes like a pompous Englishman, using needlessly flowery language to describe things. It just got too tedious to read and not at all interesting in the way I was expecting. He spends way too much time trying to explain why he's saying what he's saying (and I didn't even bother with the excessive footnotes!!) I may wikipedia the dude for a brief history tho, cause it's still pretty interesting :)
Anna
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and detailed account of the life of a high octane super-grifter who came from illegitimate beginnings and effectively scammed his way into high society and the royal courts of Europe. Exhaustively researched and thoroughly satisfying.
Miranda
Dec 04, 2008 is currently reading it
So far this is an interesting story, slow at parts though. Told from a researcher's point of view.
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