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RIVER OF SHADOWS: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Gracefully written, thoroughly well-considered life of the 19th-century California immigrant whose strange experiments in photography yielded both Hollywood and Silicon Valley.That's a tall claim, but Solnit (Wanderlust, 2000, etc.) defends it capably, if sometimes obliquely. In the way of many transplants to California, English-born Eadweard Muybridge (1830-94) reinvented himself a few times ... Read full review

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Review: River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

A fine book if you are interested in the history of moving pictures, the American West in the late 19th century, or horses. I was hoping for more on the technology than the subjects. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff Friederichsen - Goodreads

Solnit's diligent reportage ties a multitude of social movements and technologies into a tight web, revealing the less obvious forces of history. Sometimes the rubber bands of connection come pretty ... Read full review

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User Review  - Summer Brennan - Goodreads

Quite a good book. It began to lose me little at the 75% mark, but this was merely a little slow patch in the relationship, and I was glad to have pulled through to the end. The amount of research that went into this must have been truly exhaustive. Read full review

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User Review  - Josephine Ensign - Goodreads

A narrative history of a man and a place (the American West/specifically California) that I found fascinating to read about. I especially liked Solnit's later chapters where she she brings the story to the present and to her place within the story. Read full review

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User Review  - Fil Krynicki - Goodreads

I didn't really like this book. I didn't even quite finish it. I believe I am on page 220 or so (of 250). When I couldn't even motivate myself to pick it up on a plane ride home, I knew it was done ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joshua Buhs - Goodreads

Rebecca Solnit explains things to me. Brilliantly. This book, of course, is the one that inspired her essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” and launched mansplaining. (Which word is recognized by spell ... Read full review

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User Review  - Winifred - Goodreads

Approach this work for what it is: a sweeping and expressive long form essay rather than a formal work of history or geography. As in all her work, Solnit plays with connections. A few are relevant ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bryan Alexander - Goodreads

River of Shadows is an imaginative look at the origins of modernity. Its main focus is the photographer Eadweard Muybridge, best known for inventing the motion study method of breaking down rapid ... Read full review

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User Review  - Edward - Goodreads

If you think of Eadweard Muybridge at all, you probably remember him as an obscure l9th century photographer, the man who first proved through time lapse photography that when a horse gallops, all ... Read full review

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