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Once Upon a Time There Was Me

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I'm Athira Dominic, a fellow avid reader. I'm from Texas and I go to Hebron High School. As a reader, I indulge in the various genres of fantasy, mystery, romance, dystopian, and science fiction. I've been reading ever since I was able to read. I still remember the pleasant and peaceful days in Kindergarten and 1st Grade where I would drag my parents to the library and check out around 40 books each week. I would bring them home and lay them out on my couch, ready to start my day of nonstop pleasure reading. In elementary school, I happily read through the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan,The Babysitter's Club, the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, and Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew (the mysteries of an elementary school Nancy Drew). As I venture out into delicious novels to try, I'm going to set the goal of reading at least 15 books by the end of this school year. I promise to myself that I will try my very best to read at least 2…
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Phew…Finally Done With This Devil of a Book!

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           Yes…I’m back at it again with the Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. And…yes, I am writing the final book review of this historical nonfiction novel that I’ve read over the past few months. This book was published in 2003 by Vintage Books, a division of Random House Inc. The story is very lengthy and so are the pages of the story that reach to about 390 in total. It’s a historical nonfiction read with real-life characters, Daniel Burnham, the acclaimed director of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, and Henry Holmes, the gruesome murderer who sprawls the urban streets and later at the fair. The reader gets to see into both of their viewpoints because the story alternates perspectives. As a reader, you will get to read about the construction of the buildings and the Ferris wheel in the World’s Columbian Exposition and about the clever methods Holmes used to kill the people. While reading the novel, one can get an insight into how gender roles, techn…

The Devil in the White City: The Fair Welcomes Thee

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So, as seen by the title, the fair has finally opened! Some of the buildings may not have been fully completed, but it was open to the public crowds now. The construction of the fear provided countless job opportunities for the men in Chicago. Weather, still to this day, is a huge factor in the construction of architecture and in cultivation of crops. In the few pages I learned that building a whole entire fair to symbolize the founder and the founding day of the Americas was such a hard project to carry out. Many people lost lives and worked multiple jobs in harsh weather, with low wages, to get the Columbian Exposition done so that Chicago and the rest of the world can appreciate the special explorer, Christopher Columbus.

Many men gained jobs as construction workers or producers of the various metals and tools needed to construct the rides and buildings. As strikes went on from different union groups due to the harsh conditions that workers labored in to complete the project…

The Devil in the White City: The Rest of the World Enters

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In the very few pages I read this week, foreign countries, like Egypt and India, are beginning to venture into the Chicago World Fair with people and artifacts that show their cultural identities on display inside the themed buildings. Some things I wondered about when I was reading was how Holmes got away with taking on different identities and how the Columbian Exposition showed off the social and cultural aspects of America, during that century. It amazed me how the Bernham created a Woman's Building to represent the women and how they were valued in society and Japanese themed island to show other foreign cultures spreading in America.

American pop culture is starting to be shown in these few pages I've read. As foreign cultures begin to come into America, cultures start to mix and new ideas start forming. "With his usual flare for improvisation, Bloom contributed something else that would forever color America' s perceptio…

The Devil in the White City: Fair Underway

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*honestly, if  you are reading my blog, you obviously have nothing else to do... *
As you all should know, I'm still reading the Devil in the White City and I'm going to be reading it for a while because that's what our blog project says to do. Anyways. In the 40 some pages I read this week, the Chicago World Fair project was slowly building up its landscape and putting in the foundations for some of the rides and themed buildings. Now, the book is fast-paced and leading up to the official opening of the fair and the murders that would occur. The author does a great job explaining all the events that occurred during the construction process and how it would influence how the fair would turn out and how long it would take to be fully successful. Some things I wondered about during the story was how the buildings would be developed to hold up in strong weather and long, weary years in the future and how each architect's and…

The Devil in the White City: River Flow Changes and Fire Hydrants

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I'm back with some more deep thoughts of The Devil in the White City regarding what we are taught in APUSH. And, yes, I am still reading it and haven't given it up. Currently in the novel, many new architects have been introduced into the Chicago World Fair Project and Holmes is on his third love affair and murder. So far, the book is very detailed about the construction that is underway and its expenses and that makes me very disinterested in the storyline. But, the parts of the story where Holmes is seen disguising his business to seem like it's not a place of affairs and homicides is very intriguing to read about. A few questions I have about the book are: How can what happens to the population of Chicago have a lasting impact on the World Fair being constructed? How is the police not knowing about the daily disappearances of people who meet Holmes or interacts with him?. As I read throughout the 40 pages for this week, I learned that the police force in C…

The Devil in the White City: A Foundation Died When Construction Began

Hear ye! Hear ye! Welcome back to my APUSH blog!

Don't worry, buddies, I am still reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It is turning out to be a pretty good story. I'm anticipating the murders at the fair, but first the fair has to be built for the murders to occur. Obviously.

Anyways...

The Devil in the White City  was a very intriguing book, as it showed me the life of the individuals during that time period and location in America, where the main struggles were diseases and disappearances of the people. As usual, while I was reading, I noted down some very thought-provoking questions: Why does the location of a monument or public space infrastructure affect the success of it and influence people's decisions on whether or not it was worth visiting? How does the men's view of women and their career change in this time period in America?. Though these questions were a little vague and general for the storyline, I felt that aspects of these questions were…

The Devil in the White City: Beginner's Planning and Serial Killer's Backstory

I had decided to continue reading The Devil in the White City, written by Erik Larson, and now I’m about a quarter into the novel. It is getting pretty interesting. Currently in the novel, the architects, Burnham and Root, have made a plan for the Chicago World Fair and are gathering builders to construct it, while a mysterious man named Holmes is being introduced into the storyline as the future serial killer of the Chicago World Fair. The book is keeping me on my toes because I have no idea how the two architects and the serial killer would have their stories connect. As I was reading, I wondered how important architecture really was in the era of the novel for them to have cornerstone ceremonies and to what extent the rich and elite were influential in their communities. It interested me that there were many steps in the process to build an architectural piece in that time period, as communication was very limited to local regions and factors of location and resources/money neede…