Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Curious Man by Neal Thompson

A Curious Man is a  biographical novelization of Robert “Believe It or Not” Ripley, an eccentric
cartoonist- journalist behind the television show that was known for celebrating the world's strangest oddities and circus like attractions. He was known for offering generations of Americans an affordable  means of entertainment through his travels and exhibitions, beginning with the era of the Great Depression. He "celebrated weirdness, he made it mainstream". (page 5)

History enthusiasts, and Ripley fans as well as tourists will enjoy this book with the behind the scenes life of Mr. Ripley.  The author personifies the complex character of Ripley who was ahead of his time.  While everyone has at least heard of Ripley, few have ever had the opportunity to read extensively about his life. The author writes in chronological fashion, starting with Ripley's birth, career and his abrupt death at the age of 59. The writing is very detailed and the newspaperesque description is straightforward, ironically in contrast with the original and unusual circumstances. Expository writing mixed with lively dramatization will keep the reader engaged.

The old fashioned, textured tabloid styled cover looks authentic and is certain to draw in the reader.  This eye catching book also contained assorted interesting facts mixed in with the text.  There is a glossy black and photo insert chronicling Ripley's travels. This unique book would stand out in any bookstore or gift shop.  As a blogger I Received this book published by Three Rivers Press, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, for the purpose of writing this review.

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