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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That… (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2003; vuoden 2003 painos)

– tekijä: Erik Larson (Tekijä)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioKeskustelut / Maininnat
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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America₂s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" just west of the fairgrounds₇a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. Erik Larson's gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:Emma.June.Lyon
Teoksen nimi:The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Kirjailijat:Erik Larson (Tekijä)
Info:Crown (2003), Edition: 1st, 447 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):
Avainsanoja:to-read, Goodreads

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 619) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This was one of the best historical non-fictions I've read in quite some time. It has an interesting setting (the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the largest fair in the world and one of Chicago's proudest moments as a city), interesting characters (influential but now-forgotten architect Daniel Burnham, master park-designer Frederick Law Olmstead, magnetic serial killer Henry Holmes, and many others), and the always-interesting themes of sex, power, pride, fame, and so forth to tie them together. It's the story of how Chicago, still an unruly boomtown despite having just taken Philadelphia's place as America's second city, managed to win the honor of holding a World's Fair and execute its colossal plans with the help of leading geniuses like Burnham and Olmstead, while psychopaths like Holmes took advantage of the city's success to satisfy their murderous obsessions. I like how well-grounded in historical details the book is - stranger-than-fiction clichés aside, Holmes was a weird guy even by our jaded post-Manson standards, and Larson was able to present his research into his gruesomely meticulous murders in an amazingly natural style that keeps the tension high without losing sight of the facts. He's candid about what's verified and what's not, but even what's known is still some messed-up Dexter shit. A lesser writer might not have been able to balance the more mundane accounts of building plans, financing negotiations, and lawn arrangements against that kind of sensational story, but the architects' struggles to construct a world-beating fair in the shadow of the Paris expo are just as interesting in their own ways, and possibly even more if you're the kind of person who's interested in all the firsts of the fair (the Ferris wheel, chewing gum, the zipper). The fair was an important milestone not only for Chicago, which honors it with a star on its municipal flag, but also for the US, which proved it could compete with Europe in the arenas of art, progress, and vanity projects. That rapid growth brings problems of its own is a lesson that's well-taken; would that all lessons were as much fun to read as this book. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
It's definitely an original strategy to interweave a serial killer's career with the construction of the buildings for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and it works structurally. At the same time, it discolors my feelings about the glorious Columbia Exposition, a sad thing for this Chicagoan. ( )
  dcvance | May 4, 2021 |
The extraordinary events of the Chicago World Fair gave engaging content to do heavy-lifting when other aspects of the book failed. Larson has flair for drama, but a bad habit of neutering reveals by dragging them out. He kept asserting such hyper-specific and esoteric inner thoughts of historical figures that his writing felt like fabrication, not literary flourish. The format did little to serve the story: the choppy, alternating chapters between the Fair and serial murderer narratives never cohere/converge. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
I am torn about this book. I am going to refrain from a review until further notice. ( )
  MarlaBurr | Mar 14, 2021 |
I love history. And Devil in the White City is one of the best books one can find on Chicago history. The story centers on the World's Fair held in Chicago in 1893 and moves between the lives of Daniel Burnham and H.H. Holmes. Burnham was a supremely important architect in the rise of Chicago and the organization of the Fair. Holmes was a ruthless serial killer living in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood at the same time. Larson writes like a novelist. Holmes claimed to be the devil, and his actions seemed to prove this to be true. Parts of his story are gruesome, so be prepared. However, overall the book is excellent. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 619) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Mr. Larson has written a dynamic, enveloping book filled with haunting, closely annotated information. And it doesn't hurt that this truth really is stranger than fiction.
 

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Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.
Daniel H. Burnham

Director of Works

World's Columbian Exposition, 1893
I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing.
Dr. H. H. Holmes

Confession

1896
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To Chris, Kristen, Lauren, and Erin,

for making it all worthwhile

—and to Molly, whose lust for socks

kept us all on our toes
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The date was April 14, 1912, a sinister day in maritime history, but of course the man in suite 63–65, shelter deck C, did not yet know it.
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"Suddenly New York and St. Louis wanted the fair. Washington laid claim to the honor on the grounds it was the center of government, New York because it was the center of everything. No one cared what St. Louis thought, although the city got a wink for pluck."
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood"
"They are blue. Great murderers, like great men in other walks of activity, have blue eyes."
"In all the workforce in the park numbered four thousand. The ranks included a carpenter and furniture-maker named Elias Disney, who in coming years would tell many stories about the construction of this magical realm beside the lake. His son Walt would take note."
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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America₂s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" just west of the fairgrounds₇a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. Erik Larson's gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.

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