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The Last Days of Night
The Last Days of Night: A Novel by Graham Moore is a delightful work of historical fiction.
Based on real-life figureheads that we’ve all heard about in history books, Moore brings them to life in all of their imperfect glory. While not non-fiction (disappointingly) due to his desire to compress timelines, he does weave together the stories and personality of these characters in interesting and probable ways.
The greatest strength of this book is the way that he breathes life back into a group of people, a time and a place that has been forgotten and since taken for granted.
A time when a light bulb was a wonder to see, using a phone was a privilege for the rich, and electrifying whole cities was still something up for debate. Who would get to each city and town first? What type of current would they use? There was money to be made: who would make it?
The story follows a young lawyer, Paul Cravath, on his journey of representing Westinghouse during the largest patent suit in history against Thomas Edison. The battle over the light bulb was about more than just pride, about more than just money – it was a lethal combination of both, leading the players in the game to do whatever was necessary to win.
Moore’s writing style is easy to digest and the very short chapters keep your attention by moving the plot lines along. While his romantic scenes were *a little* corny, and there are times when a tone of cleverness could be mistaken for arrogance, it was an overall easy and pleasant read.
Overall, if you are looking for an entertaining read, where you can learn a bit (but not too much, as it’s unclear what is and isn’t factual) about the rise of electricity in the 19th century and the figureheads behind it, then I’d slide this book your way. If you’re looking for a good story with good character development, and some twists, turns, and intrigue, I’d slide this book your way.
If you’re looking for a book to read and cite for a History or English class, I’d advise you to pass. But maybe read it anyway, just for fun.