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Erik Larson’s Thunderstruck

24 Dec


Erik Larson truly is a master storyteller, I was completely captivated by Devil in the White City which I listened to on audiobook and if I had any complaint with it, it would be that Devil couldn’t last the entire 20 hour drive to Maine. With that in mind I finally picked up another one of his other books Thunderstruck.

Thunderstruck is an amazing book that intertwines what seems like two very distinct stories that tie together so perfectly with each one greatly enriching the other. I rarely encounter a nonfiction that truly sucks me and replaces the rest of the world. I only had to put the book down once to walk my dogs, other than that today has just been me and Thunderstruck.

One focus is Dr. Crippen and his wife. They bring us into the sultry world of phony medicine, real poisons and amateur dramatics. Over the years I have heard quite a few references to the Crippen case and never knew the particulars, I don’t want to spoil anything if you don’t know the case yourself. I will say that it involves the birth of forensic sciences and a veteran investigator from the Ripper investigations.

Larson also follows Guglielmo Marconi and his quest to bring about wireless communication. Marconi is a man with next to no formal education but does have strong ties to the Jameson whiskey empire, which is apparently all you need to outfox the leading scientists of the Victorian age.

Ultimately I’ve concluded that I can’t wait to get my hands on Larson’s newest book In the Garden of Beasts. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long, I know there is a copy under the tree for my fiance and she is a quicker reader than I.
I also need to learn how to walk two dogs while continuing to read.

Thunderstruck
by Erik Larson
ISBN-9781400080670
www.eriklarsonbooks.com

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Non-Fiction

 

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2 responses to “Erik Larson’s Thunderstruck

  1. qkelly

    December 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I loved this too and “Devil in the White City.” I will probably read “Garden of Beasts” soon, but the plot doesn’t much appeal to me. It is testament to Larson’s writing that I’ll read GofB 🙂

     
  2. fibreharmonicsymphony

    January 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I have to admit I’m intrigued now. I’ve never read anything by Larson before, but I think I’ll give this a try. I had to smile at your last line as my brother and I could often be found walking down the street reading when we were younger. I think he managed to do so while walking the dogs, but I never did.

     

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