Title: The Devil in the White City
Author: Erik Larson
Publish Date: February 4, 2004
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Bringing Chicago circa
1893 to vivid life, Erik Larsen's spell-binding bestseller intertwines
the true tale of two men--the brilliant architect behind the legendary
1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America's place in the world; and
the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their
death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling.
Erik Larsen has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly
discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction."
My Two Cents:
"The Devil in the White
City" is a gripping true crime, historical story about the 1893 World's
Fair in Chicago. The World's Fair was a chance for America to put on a
show for the rest of the world to rival some of the greatest cities in
the world such as Paris. This is one of those stories that you have to
keep reminding yourself that it is actually a true story just because it
is so fantastic.
This is the first book that I have read by Erik
Larson but it will not be the last. Someone had given my husband, an
architect, this book for a gift and it was one of those books that I
always meant to get around to reading. I finally had a chance to read it
when we were actually in Chicago last year (anyone else have this thing
where they really like reading books in the places where they're set? I
love it! It really adds something to my reading experience!)
really liked the way that Larson was able to weave together a lot of
great historical detail into a really engaging narrative. The planners
of the World's Fair wanted to create the most spectacular spectacle that
the world had ever seen. Meanwhile, the whole thing threatens to
collapse when a horrible murderer threatens the city of Chicago.
moves back and forth between the lead-up to the World's Fair and the
murders. I loved this juxtaposition! On one hand, you have a group of
great minds trying to bring order to chaos. On the other hand, you have a
deranged mind bent on bringing chaos. It was so cool! Overall, this was
a really great story!