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The Angel of Darkness Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 1998
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To his credit, Carr manages to refer the reader to the protagonists' earlier adventure (see The Alienist) while at the same time providing enough information about the earlier adventure so that it stands alone. This serves both the reader familiar with the Alienist but who needs to have their recollections refreshed, and the first time Carr reader. (I am often frustrated and annoyed at authors who presume reader familiarity with their collected works.)
Carr also manages to portray early-day feminists and feminist theory in what I perceive to be an authentic fashion. In other words, I felt he accurately portrayed feminist thought in its incipient stages. Any so-called immaturity of thought on the parts of those characters seems, in historical context, appropriate.
My only complaint was the voice of the narrator, Stevie. The intonation, accent, and method of speaking may very well be accurate. However, I found it grating to see the obligatory "what" every few paragraphs. (E.G. The girl what had the burney.) I am both relieved and intrigued to hear that Carr plans to write additional Alienist volumes and put each one in a different voice. All in all, an excellent work.
I think an important question this book raises is society's role in constructing an image of what a woman is "supposed to be" that, in reality, does not and may never have conformed with who women actually are, but which may make certain people feel more comfortable. If, further, society, which has been arguably more influenced by men than by women, creates an image that some women simply cannot fit into, who is to be held responsible for her transgression -- the woman or society? Both? Neither? Another issue is just as significant, I think, and revolves around whether it is more important to punish persons like Libby Hatch for their heinous behavior or to spend our energy trying to understand why they do such things as murder their own and other children, so we can possibly learn, from understanding them, how to avert future travesties.
Carr may have overextended believability by including characters like Darrow and Roosevelt, and left some of us feeling bereft by not allowing us to get to know El Nino or Kat a bit better, but Darrow does play a central, if more psychological than legal, role in a singularly important part of the narrative.Read more ›
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Great Book, Some parts are slow but most of the book is fine reading, good characters.Published 8 days ago by walter m bowden
After reading and loving " The Alienist" I was completely underwhelmed by its sequel. The plot and the merry band of sleuths became repetitive after a while and I found... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Marion Tunney
The style of the author is easy and engaging, leading the reader into a different time, but revealing the same patterns and emotional depths of character we see today.Published 1 month ago by B. Zellers
Lots of psychological insight, mystery, excellent characters and good old fashioned story telling! Recommended to those who enjoy mystery and a bit of old new york.Published 2 months ago by Don Hynes
Angels of Darkness is the second of Caleb Carr's novels to attract my attention. Carr is a fine and detailed writer who transports the reader to a different time and location. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy Campbell
The fabulous follow up to The Alienist. A delightful mix of history, characters, the darkness of the human soul, and the amazing men who fought to shine lights into the cause of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Rabitsch
Fascinating continuation of the original story "The Alienist". Very detailed in past history of mid 1890's New York Manhattan, with very suspenseful story and unexpected... Read morePublished 3 months ago by skitexasdoc