Sunday, October 28, 2012

“Fly Paper (An Arsenic Story Told in Four Acts)”

I really liked reading “Fly Paper (An Arsenic Story Told in Four Acts)” because it was very clear and her voice is pretty easy to follow. Before reading this article I had never really ever heard of “fly paper” or what it technically means. I find it pretty interesting and appealing that back in that time period people used it for more than just pest control, it is scary to me to think that it could be so easy to use. Deborah Blum talks about some books with deaths related to arsenic poisoning. She also talks about Dashiell Hammett’s classic book “Fly Paper”. Deborah paraphrases what exactly happens in “Fly Paper’ and she makes you want to know all the details of the book and actually want to read it from start to finish. I really never would have thought or know about arsenic as such a poison to kill people with it hadn’t been for this article. In general the article “Fly Paper (An Arsenic Story Told in Four Acts)” was a very enjoyable and an easy read.

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