The Swan Gondola

Schaffert, Timothy

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Swan Gondola
"A new novel depicting a tragic love story set amid the fanciful inventions, gothic amusements, spiritualists, flimflam men, and other crooked characters who populated the 1898 Omaha World's Fair"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9781594486098
Branch Call Number: FICTION Schaffert 2014
Characteristics: 458 pages ; 24 cm
Alternate Title: Swan gondola : a novel


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Jan 21, 2015
  • 1_Great_Book rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent plot, themes, point of view, historical fiction. Through the eyes of a down and outer (Dickensian style), the reader is immersed in a love story evolving simultaneously with the Trans-Mississippi Exhibition (Omaha World's Fair). I thoroughly enjoyed going through the U of Nebraska's photo archive from the link at the end of the book; many scenes and events jumped to life. Have discussed with a colleague who read It Happened At the Fair (on Chicago World's Fair just 4 years prior). We are each going to read the other book. Kudos to Schaffert - he can really write. Just a tad long and descriptive, but I forgive him that.

Jun 09, 2014
  • matherita rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVED! Such an amazing story...I felt transported back into time to Omaha World's Fair!

Feb 16, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very atmospheric and a bit magical at times. This is a charming story.


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