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Typhoid Mary – tekijä: Anthony Bourdain
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Typhoid Mary (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2001; vuoden 2005 painos)

– tekijä: Anthony Bourdain (Tekijä)

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From the best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential comes this true, thrilling tale of pursuit through the kitchens of New York City at the turn of the century. By the late nineteenth century, it seemed that New York City had put an end to the outbreaks of typhoid fever that had so frequently decimated the city's population. That is until 1904, when the disease broke out in a household in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Authorities suspected the family cook, Mary Mallon, of being a carrier. But before she could be tested, the woman, soon to be known as Typhoid Mary, had disappeared. Over the course of the next three years, Mary worked at several residences, spreading her pestilence as she went. In 1907, she was traced to a home on Park Avenue, and taken into custody. Institutionalized at Riverside Hospital for three years, she was released only when she promised never to work as a cook again. She promptly disappeared. For the next five years Mary worked in homes and institutions in and around New York, often under assumed names. In February 1915, a devastating outbreak of typhoid at the Sloane Hospital for Women was traced to her. She was finally apprehended and reinstitutionalized at Riverside Hospital, where she would remain for the rest of her life. Typhoid Mary is the story of her infamous life. Anthony Bourdain reveals the seedier side of the early 1900s, and writes with his renowned panache about life in the kitchen, uncovering the horrifying conditions that allowed the deadly spread of typhoid over a decade. Typhoid Mary is a true feast for history lovers and Bourdain lovers alike.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Typhoid Mary
Kirjailijat:Anthony Bourdain (Tekijä)
Info:Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (2005), 160 pages
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An interesting little biographical study. Bourdain proves he can be a good writer without the snark of his usual non-fiction (not that I have anything against snark). ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
In some ways this book was very good (unexpectedly good!) and in some ways I found it rather frustrating.

What is very good about this book - and what surprised me the most - are Mr. Bourdain's assessments of the overarching historical and cultural forces at work in that time and place. He shows himself to be an astute and insightful cultural historian.

The major problem with this book - and it's a major problem, as it speaks to Mr. Bourdain's entire premise - is that he makes far too many assumptions about the thoughts and feelings of Mary Mallon. He states in the Author's Introduction that there are very few direct records of her, yet he makes assertions about her with what comes across as absolute certainty. It seems to me that he spends most of this book projecting his own personality, worldview, frustrations, etc., onto her character - so this book is not so much about why she did what she did, but why Mr. Bourdain would have done what she did, had he been in her situation.

He based his interpretation of her feelings and actions on the fundamental premise that all cooks share common experiences and posses certain universal character traits. I'll buy the common experiences but I need a lot more evidence to accept his universal character trait theory. I'd very much like to know what other cooks think of this book, whether or not they agree with his interpretation. That's what would seal it for me.

In the end, this book isn't anything very special but it is worth a read. It's interesting to me mainly for the historical perspective on the food culture in New York at the dawn of the 20th century, and because it shows the breadth of Mr. Bourdain's interests - chef, world traveler, amateur historian... and did you know his first published books were mystery novels? His writing style makes the read go quickly and the book is very short, so it won't cost you too much time even if you don't like it. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
I really enjoyed Anthony Bourdain's take on Mary Mallon's life. (I cringe to refer to her as "Typhoid Mary.") The book isn't very long, but he did his homework and offered the perspectives of Mallon's allies and adversaries. Also, Bourdain wrote about a cook as a cook, which was a fresh perspective for me.
The only distractions were two or so personal rants that had little to nothing to do with Mary Mallon. Reading a biography of Mallon, I wanted to learn about her, not Bourdain's professional history, emotions, or attitudes. These pages were easily and readily skipped.
Bourdain's book is an enjoyable read, and I recommend it to all, especially those who are interested in NYC history, public health, culinary arts, microbiology, ethics, law, cultural studies, and more. ( )
  DrJSH | Jan 26, 2018 |
This was an interesting perspective on Typhoid Mary, a woman I didn't know much about before reading this book and hope to know more about now that I've finished. ( )
  KendraFitz | Feb 27, 2017 |
The title intrigued me and I was surprised to see Anthony Dourdain as the author. I only know of him from cooking shows.

I knew of Typhoid Mary, but not much about her story. Bourdain writes from the cook's point of view, and gives a good picture of life in the late 1800s - early 1900s. It was not easy, no matter how you sliced it. His research and used of quotes from documents of the time help illustrate the era. Her treatment and the 'rights' given her were terrible.

Bourdain's style is easy to read, yet also informative. He injects his opinion into the text, but does not make it the focal point, only a sidebar comment.

If I should run across any of his other books, I will not hesitate to pick them up. A very enjoyable read. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
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From the best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential comes this true, thrilling tale of pursuit through the kitchens of New York City at the turn of the century. By the late nineteenth century, it seemed that New York City had put an end to the outbreaks of typhoid fever that had so frequently decimated the city's population. That is until 1904, when the disease broke out in a household in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Authorities suspected the family cook, Mary Mallon, of being a carrier. But before she could be tested, the woman, soon to be known as Typhoid Mary, had disappeared. Over the course of the next three years, Mary worked at several residences, spreading her pestilence as she went. In 1907, she was traced to a home on Park Avenue, and taken into custody. Institutionalized at Riverside Hospital for three years, she was released only when she promised never to work as a cook again. She promptly disappeared. For the next five years Mary worked in homes and institutions in and around New York, often under assumed names. In February 1915, a devastating outbreak of typhoid at the Sloane Hospital for Women was traced to her. She was finally apprehended and reinstitutionalized at Riverside Hospital, where she would remain for the rest of her life. Typhoid Mary is the story of her infamous life. Anthony Bourdain reveals the seedier side of the early 1900s, and writes with his renowned panache about life in the kitchen, uncovering the horrifying conditions that allowed the deadly spread of typhoid over a decade. Typhoid Mary is a true feast for history lovers and Bourdain lovers alike.

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