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A review of the book earthquake at dawn

For them it might be a 4 star because they may learn many things about the times and events. For me, not so. It was far more fiction than history. Dec 20, 2012 Sean McGuire rated it liked it Recommends it for: I finished "Earthquake at Dawn" at 1AM because I couldn't sleep but ended up having mixed reactions about it.

I felt no connection to the main characters, which surprised me. The book had potential with Edith Irvine as its main character; she was a fascinating female photographer who, at age 22, survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and broke the law by taking pictures of the aftermath.

And not jus I'm on the fence as to whether or not I should give "Earthquake at Dawn" 3 stars or 3. And not just a few pictures, but around sixty.

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Under the conditions she was working and the fact that it was 1906 photography with glass plates, that is really impressive! Gregory decided to introduce a fictional character, Daisy Valentine, to be both narrator and Edith assistant. All potential for an interesting heroine went down the drain very quickly.

Daisy is, to be frank, a very boring narrator when Edith herself had huge narrating potential. The saving grace of this book is thanks to Mary Exa's 32 page letter. Mary Exa survived the earthquake and wrote a thirty-two page letter that gave great details about her experiences.

Gregory's story, Daisy and Edith meet Mary Exa and the refugees she stayed with during the aftermath and, in that manner, experience the things through Daisy and Edith that the real life Mary Exa experienced. It gave great detail and I learned a lot about the aftermath through it. In fact, I think I'd rather have read Mary Exa's thirty-two page letter! Every chapter began with a short excerpt from Mary Exa's letter, which foretold what would happen in the forthcoming chapter.

To be honest, Mary Exa's letter is the sole reason I'd give this book 3.

  1. The Story of December 7, 1941 by Theodore Taylor Keep Smiling Through by Ann Rinaldi 1943 What other historical fiction set in the twentieth century either for young people or for adults would you recommend?
  2. Even with that problem, though, the book is very well worth reading although some of the details of the events are somewhat gruesome and could upset some of the younger readers.
  3. But this book does act as a really good window into what life was like during and after the San Franciscoearthquake, so it's good if you like history. Edith, an eager photographer, secretly took picturesof the crumbled city even though it was against the law.
  4. They meet up with not only Mary Exa, but also actor John Barrymore and author Jack London, who were actually present during the great earthquake and later wrote about their experiences, too.

It was fascinating and I learned a lot. One other small note: There's a few spots where religion just pops up out of nowhere and it feels awkward and a little forced, but then it made a bit more sense when I read the Discussion With The Author and everything was"God, God, Bible, God". It was odd, though, the way she sometimes forced a showing of religion into it.

Earthquake at Dawn

All in all, it was a quick read. Not bad, per se, but not the best either. But this book does act as a really good window into what life was like during and after the San Franciscoearthquake, so it's good if you like history.

It's based on the life of Edith Irvine, a 22-year-old photographer that was in San Francisco on that day. The story is about Edith, her father and a maid. Her father has business to attend to in the city and he is going on that errand when the earthquake strikes.

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The rest of the story deals with Edith and her maid attempting to find Edith's father and This book by Kristiana Gregory is a fictionalized account of actual events that took place during the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906. The rest of the story deals with Edith and her maid attempting to find Edith's father and having to try to survive in the aftermath of the earthquake with fires started by the earthquake and with food and water scarce.

That part itself makes and interesting story but it is made even better by a secondary theme of the story and that is the attempt on the part of San Francisco politicians to cover up the extent of the deaths and damage to the city. Cameras are banned, but Edith is able to hide her camera and equipment in a baby carriage so she is able to take a variety of photos which are reproduced in the book.

The photos are the only problem I have with the book. Granted, the book is stressing authenticity but the photos are simply too dark. It would have been much better if the publisher had allowed the photos to be lightened to reveal the details of what is being shown and then maybe adding a phrase somewhere noting that the photos had been edited to make them more suitable for viewing.

Even with that problem, though, the book is very well worth reading although some of the details of the events are somewhat gruesome and could upset some of the younger readers.

Everything was destroyed and if it wasn't destroyed then it would be destroyed later in aftershocks and fires.

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The girls got off the boat and followed Mr. Irvine, Edith's father, who was on his way to city hall to get some important papers but they got lost in the crowd and could not find Mr.

Irvine who was carrying their boat tickets. Then they meet Mr. Somers by helping Mr. Somers Edith and Daisy watched from their boat as the earthquake struck the city but it was even worse on land. Somers out of a pile of rubble.

  • After a few days of horror and hope, Daisy and Edith take a ship home where they find out whether Mr;
  • It was fascinating and I learned a lot;;;
  • Not bad, per se, but not the best either;
  • The photos are the only problem I have with the book;
  • Somers out of a pile of rubble;
  • Daisy is, to be frank, a very boring narrator when Edith herself had huge narrating potential.

At the same time they meet Mr. Somer's tenant, the friendly Mary Exa and from that point on they all stuck togetehr like family.

Edith, an eager photographer, secretly took picturesof the crumbled city even though it was against the law.

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If a soldier saw Edith she would be shot because the mayor did not want pictures of the disaster because he thought people would not want to come to San Francisco.

Edith and Daisy watched buildings crumble and people die. After the earthquake many fires arose that grew together to create one big fire. Back then they thought dynamiting the city would stop the fire and they had everyone evacuate to one big camp in the park. After a few days of horror and hope, Daisy and Edith take a ship home where they find out whether Mr.

This tragic event led to people helping each other and using hope as a life tool to survive the terrible conditions. Most of all this story is about friendship of two girls going through a tragic event. I enjoyed reading this exciting but sad book.

  • The book had potential with Edith Irvine as its main character; she was a fascinating female photographer who, at age 22, survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and broke the law by taking pictures of the aftermath;
  • I finished "Earthquake at Dawn" at 1AM because I couldn't sleep but ended up having mixed reactions about it.

I could never put it down.