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The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that… (original 2003; edição 2004)

por Erik Larson (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America
Autores:Erik Larson (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2004), Edition: Reprint, 447 pages
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I definitely enjoyed the mystery and intrigue in this book. I must admit, I was more interested in the parts of this book that were about the murderer H.H. Holmes. The stuff about the construction of the fair got more interesting as the book went on but generally, the murder was more interesting. Having recently read In Cold Blood, I can see the influence it had on this book very clearly. Overall I thought this was a fascinating look at some very interesting figures in history. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
The author worked hard to convey the time and place, the dark and light of humanity. I respect his research and effort. However, I do not care to read about serial killers in detail. So why did I read this book?

The sections on the planning, creating and accomplishing the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago fascinated me. Reading about the problems involved and how they were overcome was endlessly interesting, and I thank Larson for that.

How did I overcome my revulsion of reading about serial killers? Happily Larson separated the Dark and the Light chapters, so for the most part, I skipped the chapters on Holmes. I did read the notes at the end about Larson's research, but the chapters themselves were full of supposition words like "possibly" "it is thought that" "perhaps." So personally I saw no need to read what could only in the end be supposed from patching together much of the yellow journalism of the day. OK, that is harsh, but did I mention I don't like to read about serial killers?

What was left, after skipping those chapters, was an engaging description of the men and women who made the fair happen. Details about why the fair was special, as well as the turmoil of the times around it. A picture of a moment in history which was in 3-D. I felt the anguish of the architects trying to accomplish their vision whilst dealing with politicians, bureaucrats, lack of funding, labor strikes, depression in the economy, health issues and so on. That it was ever built and finished amazes me. I highly recommend this for those who enjoy history. ( )
  MrsLee | Oct 10, 2021 |
Details the Chicago Fair and serial murderer that was active during that time. Very detailed and interesting. ( )
  addunn3 | Oct 4, 2021 |
An extremely detailed history of building the Chicago World's Fair intertwined with a thankfully detached yet still disturbing tale of a psychopathic serial killer and the construction of his murder mansion. ( )
  imagists | Sep 22, 2021 |
thought it was a great book. Loved every bit about the Worlds Fair. Kind of inspiring stuff to think about how ambitious and fast paced they made things happen back then. Kind of made me wish that there were still huge events like the Worlds Fair that everyone came to and inventions were released and all the newest stuff from all disciplines was released. The whole serial killer part was ok, but it seemed like just an added distraction.
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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

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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.
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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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