Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Thunderstruck

The book for our August Meetup is "Thunderstruck" by Erik Larson.  Here is a description.

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men--Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication--whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners, scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed, and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect crime.

With his superb narrative skills, Erik Larson guides these parallel narratives toward a relentlessly suspenseful meeting on the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate. Thunderstruck presents a vibrant portrait of an era of séances, science, and fog, inhabited by inventors, magicians, and Scotland Yard detectives, all presided over by the amiable and fun-loving Edward VII as the world slid inevitably toward the first great war of the twentieth century. Gripping from the first page, and rich with fascinating detail about the time, the people, and the new inventions that connect and divide us, Thunderstruck is splendid narrative history from a master of the form.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Liked the food and company of the group. It was a little hard to hear though...

    August 24, 2013

  • Jennifer T.

    So sorry i let you know so last minute we are moving and i was trying to get enough done that i would make it obviously didnt happen : ( hope to see you guys at the next one!

    August 24, 2013

  • Darlene M.

    I am sorry I can't make it. Read the book and enjoyed it.
    I have a stomach virus.

    August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Feel better, Darlene.

      August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to the area, and I love to read so I was hoping to attend.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it now. I need to pick my hubby up at the airport.

    August 21, 2013

  • Kathie

    I think the date on this must have been changed. :(

    August 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was curious, too, if the date had changed. I normally have 2 engagements including Page Turners the 3rd Saturday of the month. Gladly, I am able to attend. :)

      August 16, 2013

    • Lea

      No change in date since it was posted. We meet every 3-6 weeks, but may have just been falling on the 3rd Saturday for a while.

      August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry I won't be able to attend
    I didn't think that a spot would open for me so I returned the book to the library sorry

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I will not be able to attend. I was excited to meet everyone and discuss the book, but I can't get out of this other event. Maybe next month.

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry to cancel, as my granddaughter will be having minor surgery and am needed to help out. I will be at next one and looking forward to meeting everyone!

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just realised I will be at my friends wedding!!!

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel but think we are heading out of town.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am excited to be able to join the meeting! Looking forward to meeting new people and discussing the book :)

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those that read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/henrietta-lacks-genetic-destiny/index.html

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so disappointed! I forgot that we had friends coming into town. I must cancel. Thank you.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any ideas for meeting spots? The book takes place in a few locations. English? New England/Canada? Italian (although that was last month)?

    August 5, 2013

    • Marina

      The Pub at International Plaza. I think they have an upstairs which is quieter. Also, Mad Dogs and Englishmen on MacDill.

      1 · August 6, 2013

    • Lea

      I am looking at both of those and should have a decision on location within the next day or two.

      August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello. This will be the first time I attend a meeting. How long do they typically last? Wondering because I need to attend an event for my husband's work that I just found out about. I hoping I don't have to cancel.

    August 5, 2013

    • Lea

      At least 2 hours, but it can depend on the restaurant and the service.

      August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, thank you.

      August 5, 2013

  • ellen g.

    I miss you guys

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out I am out of town for work.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something has come up, but I'm looking forward to reading the book. Have fun!

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you that read Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper, I just finished her second book, Love Saves the Day, an enjoyable read.

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have another commitment that night I forgot about. :(

    July 22, 2013

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