- Running Elley
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
We’d discussed splitting the books that we read up into parts to discuss so this is the first thread for Devil in the White City. In this thread we’ll be discussing Part I of the book which includes the Prologue through “Alone.”
I’m really enjoying this book! It’s made me really interested in learning more about the World Fair and itching to visit Chicago lol. I kind of feel like an idiot because I’d never heard of any of this happening before I started reading the book. I did a little research on the book and found that Leonardo DiCaprio actually purchased the movie rights in 2010 and is set to play Holmes. I think it would make a fantastic movie and I think that DiCaprio will do a great job with it.
Here are some questions that I thought we could discuss:
1.Why do you think Erik Larson chose to tell Burnham and Holmes’ stories together? How did the juxtaposition affect the narrative? Do you think they worked well together or would you have preferred to read about just Holmes or just Burnham?
2. Do you think a fair of this size could happen in today’s America? What advantages or disadvantages can you forsee with such a project?
3. What do you think of the book so far? Is there anything in particular that you’ve found most interesting?
**Reminder** This is only a discussion of the first part of the book. Please don’t include anything that could be a spoiler for Part II. Thanks 🙂