Emma Glaisher's Reviews > The Surgeon of Crowthorne: a tale of murder, madness & the love of words

The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester
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Apr 07, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 07 to 10, 2012

Much that was fascinating in this book. I want to be a dictionary compiler! Mind you my last book was Moby Duck and I wanted to be a scientist exploring the Arctic...

My only real criticism is that he starts off with what he later explodes as a myth, so you read most of the book with that 'approaching' scene in your expectations. The truth is more interesting so I felt I'd been tempted in with an unnecessary lie. Also didn't like the (apparently completely unfounded) speculation about Minor and Merritt's wife.

Otherwise a welcome insight into the world of Victorian intellectuals and madmen.
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