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The Devil In The White City von [Larson, Erik]
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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that The Devil in the White City is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. Burnham's challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair's incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Edison. The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims. Combining the stories of an architect and a killer in one book, mostly in alternating chapters, seems like an odd choice but it works. The magical appeal and horrifying dark side of 19th-century Chicago are both revealed through Larson's skillful writing. --John Moe

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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that The Devil in the White City is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. Burnham's challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair's incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Edison. The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims. Combining the stories of an architect and a killer in one book, mostly in alternating chapters, seems like an odd choice but it works. The magical appeal and horrifying dark side of 19th-century Chicago are both revealed through Larson's skillful writing. --John Moe

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4260 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0609608444
  • Verlag: Transworld Digital; Auflage: New Ed (30. September 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0041OT8O0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen 7 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #45.248 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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In 1893, Chicago was gearing up for its shining moment on the international stage. The city had been selected to host the World's Fair, beating out New York and a number of other American contenders. A prominent local architect, Daniel Burnham, had taken the reins to organize and construct the massive project. He assembled a dream team of architects, landscapers, engineers, and other professionals to help pull the fair together. Certainly Chicago could outdo the Paris Fair, which had been a worldwide success years earlier.

Unfortunately for Burnham and his team, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Due to a lack of organization and bickering among the committees responsible for the fair, construction began far later than it should have. Partially completed buildings blew over and burned down. Union workers threatened strikes. One sideshow act showed up a year early, while another (which was believed to be made up of cannibals) killed the man sent to retrieve them and never showed up at all. And there was a monster on the loose. A man who used the chaos of Chicago at this time in history to conceal the murders of dozens of people - many of them young, single women. A man who constructed a building with stolen money, then used the building as a slaughterhouse to lure, kill, and dispose of his victims.

THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY is a terrific book. It is nonfiction, but it reads like a novel. The real-life details of this story seem almost too bizarre to be true, yet this is one example of the old saying that "truth is stranger than fiction." The author, Erik Larson, even includes a lengthy section at the back where he documents his facts and explains his suppositions.
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Sprache: nicht ganz unanspruchsvolles Englisch. Obwohl ich sagen würde ich spreche fließend Englisch musste ich alle paar Seiten ein Wort nachschlagen. Aber so lernt man wenigstens dazu :)

Stil: Larson erweckt den Zeitgeist, die historische Begebenheit und die erfundenen Teile (die sich aber in engen Grenzen halten, sehr viel steht in Anführungszeichen und ist so lt. Autor schriftlich belegt) mit Leichtigkeit zum Leben. Nur die dramatisch abgegrenzten Schlusssätze am Ende eines Kapitels, die auf künftige Geschehnisse verweisen ohne diese konkrekt zu verraten werden zu häufig bemüht. Im Stile von "Little did he knew that this would ultimately seal is fate."

Meinung: Der enge historische Bezug zu einem gesellschaftlichen Ereignis von weltweiter Tragweite, das gemeinhin wenig nur noch wenig bekannt ist und das distanzierte Portrait eines absolut durchgeknallten Massenmörders machen The Devil in the White City zu einem lehrreichen Pageturner.
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I love the structure of the book, alternating the chapters and subsequently the lives of the architect and the killer.

What surprised me most was that I had never heard of the Chicago fair since it had such an influence on our modern culture, the concept of landscape gardening and parks, and quality of life in cities, the invention of the Ferris wheel to even Shredded Wheat.

It was a truly amazing achievement and it is so sad it is forgotten. The story is not mainly about the killer but in the context of when he killed, the living conditions in Chicago, the crime, the dirt, the poverty which allowed him to do this. This was the first time that women started to leave for cities for work alone. It is also the story of a group of men who dedicated a few years of life to the project and the ordinary men who died building it.

I am also totally astonished i had never heard of this serial killer, since he planned everything so carefully, even building his own crematorium in his cellar!

This is a story worth reading.
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One of these books where you wonder why you have never heard of any part of the story: the Chicago Columbian Exposition (World Expo, we would call it today, I guess) is one of the more forgotten ones outside the US. The mass murders of one Mr Holmes (the most frequently used name, there were others) must also have gotten lost under more illustrious cases such as those by Jack the Ripper or the more recent ones. But the book, let's give it that, manages to convey the feeling for the bigness and also in a way the greatness of both events. The way America was expecting something that would cast a shadow over the glorious Paris World Expo and its Eiffel Tower, the way American cities tried everything they could, at the same time, to keep each other from getting the deal, the jealousy among the architects and the ridiculous elephantiasis of committees and administration that almost kept the fair from happening. If you step back a bit and look at the issue from the distance, you will not see anything that would be very extraordinary in the course of preparation for such a huge event. Setbacks and small catastrophes. Casualties and missed deadlines. Spectacular innovations (Ferris Wheel) and incredulity towards its realisation. Erik Larson manages to draw you inside, however, and allows you to get a feeling for the huge task at hand, how unlikely it appears that one person (Burnham, the chief architect) should bear this responsibility. The psycopathic killer story, in contrast to that, sounds too much like a thing out of an Amazon bestseller list thriller, it never evokes the same feeling of realism, of being near.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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