The Windy City

I read 130 pages of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and stopped, deciding the story was way too gruesome for my taste.  The story recounts  events which occurred in Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.  I was interested in the history, planning, and construction of the fair, but frightened by the story about the serial killer who lived during the same time.  I learned a few interesting facts about my hometown, why the “Loop” is called the Loop, and where the “Windy City” moniker originated.

In my opinion, this book is not for the faint of heart. The descriptions connected to the murderer and his victims are vivid and sickening for someone like me whose imagination works overtime.  If you like that sort of thing, you’ll like this book.  As for me, I’ll learn more about the World’s Fair and the many famous people connected with its creation from another author.

Interesting side note:  While reading this book, I had a déjà vu moment while reading about Burnham.  Burnham was close friends with the artist Francis Millet and their friendship was mentioned in this novel.  As I read the story, I kept thinking to myself, “I know this story”.  Not long ago, I read and reviewed Margaret Truman’s book about the White House.  One of the stories in Truman’s book was about Archibald Butt who worked for President Taft.  Butt was traveling with Millet aboard the Titanic when the ship went down.  Sometimes, it’s a small world when reading historical fiction.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to The Windy City

  1. Heidi says:

    Sad that you feel that way. It is a wonderful book. If it is the murder aspect skip those pages and simply read the chapters about the building of the World’s Fair. Amazing that it ever got built.

    • dianeledet says:

      Thanks for your comment Heidi. I agree, it was an amazing accomplishment. I admired the amount of research that went into this book. There’s a link to an interview with the author on my Facebook Bookwinked page about another book he wrote about Hilter in case you are interested.

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