Monday, June 10, 2013
A Curious Man by Neal Thompson
A CURIOUS MAN: THE STRANGE & BRILLIANT LIFE OF ROBERT "BELIEVE IT OR NOT" RIPLEY. Read by Marc Cashman, it reveals a man who paid his dues through research and study (he spoke eleven languages.) Some surprises are in store, as well, including that Lindbergh was not the first man to fly across the Atlantic, but the sixty-seventh. Or that the "Star Spangled Banner" was not the national anthem. Is the crocodile really an insect? It is, historically speaking. Ripley's own house was like the odd museums which later dotted the tourist maps in places like Orlando, full of shrunken heads and torture devices. Not the kind of place a woman would have endured without redecorating. But Ripley, despite his love of the ladies---and they of him---was a bachelor who believed marriage was an institution for those who love to fight.