The Eye Of Danvers

The Eye Of Danvers

by Michael Ramseur

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$35.75

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ISBN-13: 9781418494896
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 01/12/2005
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 0.26(w) x 8.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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The Eye Of Danvers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ijustgetbored on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Ramseur's text is richly illustrated and textually sparse, which does strike a good balance regarding this particular subject, an (in)famous mental hospital. The work is certainly more of an artistic piece and impressionistic overview than a scholarly text. As such, it is successful, marrying surreal design and "snapshot" facts. He does draw on a lot of primary sources, such as reports from the hospital; this is a good thing, considering that these are sources the average public would not have access to. He also gives Danvers staff plenty of space to speak for themselves so that we can hear authentic voices.The book definitely doesn't have a professional layout; the text, overall, looks like it comes from a normally cited college paper and not from a book. The text could have used an editor in spots; for instance, when I mentioned the Danvers staff getting to speak, it frequently follows the same formula of an interductory stub of a sentence, then a colon, then a very lengthy quotation, then the end of the text.This is a work that is more felt than analyzed, though, and it does make a strong impression. I wavered between giving it 3 1/2 stars and 4, but I think that, between the haunting art and the brief, blunt text, I'll give it a 4.