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4.0 out of 5 stars Still quoting bits weeks later!, 4 Mar 2013
This review is from: The Devil In The White City (Paperback)
This is written rather as a documentary with quotes from records of the time. It follows the initial plans to hold the World Fair of 1893 in Chicago, putting it all together, the construction, the event itself and the closing down. I am a woman managing a household with a background in social work. This is not a book I would have expected to get so much out of, but I found it absolutely fascinating and I really don't know why. The facts relating to the event were really interesting. I was constantly reading bits out my husband who is a structural engineer and he couldn't understand why I was suddenly so wrapped up in building foundations, salaries, the size of chandeliers, shredded wheat and nuts and bolts. There were so many things that were introduced at this World Fair and the way the writer dislcoses these probably helps catch the imagination. The storyline may sound dull, but you should really try it. You will find it is a book that will surprise you. So why have I given it only 4 stars? The devil. Running alongside the story of the fair is the story of a serial killer who was operating at the same time. I am afraid that I really didn't find this interesting or helpful. The two stories don't intertwine, they just run in parallel. The story of the serial killer could have been interesting, but it needed a different approach. What was good for the World Fair description was not right for the serial killer. For me, that could have been left out completely and made no difference to the book at all
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