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the weird and highly subjective way I see it

Currently reading

The Undying Fire
H.G. Wells
Progress: 18 %
Inheritance from Mother
Minae Mizumura, Juliet Winters Carpenter
Progress: 135/449 pages
Fifty Egg Timer Short Stories
Richard Bunning

Facts, facts, facts (this is a non-fiction book)

Death in Paris, 1795-1801: The Records of the Basse-GE Le de La Seine, Vend Miaire Year IV-Fructidor Year IX - Richard Cobb

Richard Cobb - Death in Paris


Richard Cobb had access to the files of the Basse-Geôle, an archive for suicides in Paris during the years of the French Revolution. By analyzing the files he tries to find out as much as possible about the social life of that time and also the reasons why certain people would commit suicide by (mostly) drowning themselves in the river Seine.


With lots of quotes out of the original files, the book is really interesting and exciting, but sometimes quite creepy to read and Cobb's writing style is something that takes time to get used to. Due to his effort to deliver as many facts as possible, there are at least 3 (and sometimes even more) very detailed footnotes on every page and those are constantly interrupting the running text which makes it a rather hard read.


In summary: I did learn a lot of really interesting facts and fun-facts about the social life and clothes in late 18th century Paris, but it is exhausting to read and sometimes quite creepy.

So for me this was 3/5 stars.