This month we’re reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. What did you think of the book? Any comments? Tell us your thoughts.
Or, answer one of our discussion questions:
- Why do you think Erik Larson chose to tell Burnham and Holmes’ stories together? Do you think they worked well together or would you have preferred to read about just Holmes or just Burnham?
- You know who the serial killer is from the beginning of the book. Does this cause anticipation for the rest of the story or does it ruin it for you?
- The Devil in the White City has a lot of characters – some major and some, like Patrick Prendergast or Harriet Munroe that show up only now and then throughout the book. Who was your favourite “minor” character?
- The World’s Fair introduced many new inventions to the world from Juicy Fruit to Shredded Wheat. What was your favourite invention?
- What satisfaction can be derived from a nonfiction book like The Devil in the White City that cannot be found in novels? In what ways is the book like a novel?
You can contribute to the discussion anonymously or let us know who you are, and we’ll give a shout-out during the podcast!