Book review of the devil in the white city


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Book review of the devil in the white city

  1. 1. By: Matthew Kim
  2. 2. Reflection #1  In the chapter, The Necessary Supply, was what started my interest in this book. In this chapter, I get to know H. H. Holmes is an antagonist and one of the main characters in the story. It starts out with a strong hint that he is a murderer by a quote from a physician saying that he had blue eyes and that great murderers had blue eyes. Also in this chapter, Erik Larson tries to describe him as a ladies man who has all the charm to get any women. This, I believe, seemed to be a foreshadow to who he would kill later on(mostly women). In all this chapter really set the stage of who Holmes really was. It kept giving references that seemed to hint of what Holmes is: a murderer.
  3. 3. Reflection #2  In the chapter, Remains of the Day, was the most interesting chapter up to that point. In this chapter, you get to experience the first murder of Holmes. It was honestly disgusting to see him murder a girl, Julia, on Christmas day. Even more worse was that Julia was pregnant and he knew. He told her that they could marry each other; however, he wanted to give her an “abortion.” She agreed, but from the likelihood of Holmes’ characteristics he would kill her. As the chapter unfolds, he lies to everyone explaining how she has left the hotel earlier than expected. Unfortunately, everyone believed it and stopped thinking about her.
  4. 4. Reflection #3  In part 4 of the chapter, Moyamensing Prison is where Holmes is locked up in his cell. Here he enjoys the prison as he finds ways to still enjoy life. He was able to keep belongings, wear his own clothes, and even get food and newspapers from the outside. The most particular part about this chapter is how he is interested in the chase for his crimes and that he writes a letter about Carrie Pitezel, a victim in his past, and he knows that the police could read this. His thrill of the past murders and the detective’s chase on his crimes really portray how insane he is. Even in a jail, he still gains power and wants to think about killing just for fun.
  5. 5. Author Biography: Erik Larson          Born on January 3rd, 1954 American Journalist and nonfiction author He grew up in Freeport, Long Island, New York He studied Russian History at the University of Pennsylvania For his graduates he attended Columbia University Graduates School of Journalism He has a wife and 3 daughters His first newspaper job was with The Bucks County Courier Times in Levittown, Pennsylvania, where he wrote about murder, witches, environmental poisons, and other "equally pleasant" things. Very similar to the book Devil in the White City, he researched the series of murders by H. H. Holmes in the Worlds Fair His other novels that he has written include: The Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities, Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun, and Isaac's Storm
  6. 6.  From it gives a quote of what he said. In it he states how he actually didn’t want to write this book because of how evil the Dr. H. H. Holmes was. So he went back to Isaac’s Storm
  7. 7. Summary of: The Devil in the White City  The non-fiction novel takes place during the 1893 World’s Fair. It has four parts to the book, and the first three are mostly in Chicago. Eric Larson writes out the first character Daniel Burnham the architect who constructs the Worlds Fair. Then he writes the antagonist, H. H. Holmes, who is a serial killer that abuses the fair to find his targets and kill them. In the fourth part of the book it takes place in Philadelphia where Holmes flees to after Chicago. Finally at Philadelphia he is arrested for insurance fraud, and Detective Frank Geyer investigates and discovers more of Holmes’ terrible activities at Chicago.
  8. 8. My Claim Statement     There is only one thing that had Dr. H. H. Holmes addicted to these murders. It was power. Power was the addicting drug that fed his inner devil. “Holmes knew he possessed great power over Julia. First there was the power that accrued to him naturally through his ability to bewitch men and women…”(Larson 146). “It satisfied his profound need for attention and gave him a sense of power over the detective”(Larson 352). Here Larson keeps reemphasizing what is Holmes motivation for these murders. An intangible yet addictive feeling of power is what keeps him in this evil form.
  9. 9. Connections  When I first read the book, the style of this book took me by surprise. I didn’t realize that a non-fiction book could be like a real story or novel. Instead of the usual boring text I usually read in non-fiction books this one had me on my feet. Not only did it tell a story, it gave much historical information that even in class we didn’t go over. We knew that when Root died that it was a tough journey for Daniel. However, the book thoroughly expressed what he went through. The book had so much in depth information about the World’s Fair and what Daniel Burnham had to go through to make it perfect. It gave 2 views(Holmes and Burnham) in the same place, Chicago, which made the book even more interesting. If Mr. Johnson hasn’t read this book, then I would like to personally hand him this book. It has quotes from people during that time, which makes the book even more realistic and on top of that it gives the adventure of both characters, Holmes and Burnham. In all, the style of this book just keeps me reading and I just don’t want to put it down. Probably Mr. J would do the same.