Melancholy Accidents: Three Centuries of Stray Bullets and Bad Luck

Melancholy Accidents Three Centuries of Stray Bullets and Bad Luck Did you know that fatal gun mishaps have been so common in America that for centuries newspapers carried regular columns reporting on melancholy accidents It came as a surprising discovery when whil

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  • Title: Melancholy Accidents: Three Centuries of Stray Bullets and Bad Luck
  • Author: Peter Manseau
  • ISBN: 9781612195063
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Did you know that fatal gun mishaps have been so common in America that for centuries, newspapers carried regular columns reporting on melancholy accidents It came as a surprising discovery when, while conducting research that involved reading colonial era newspapers, acclaimed writer Peter Manseau stumbled upon one report after another of melancholy accidents instanceDid you know that fatal gun mishaps have been so common in America that for centuries, newspapers carried regular columns reporting on melancholy accidents It came as a surprising discovery when, while conducting research that involved reading colonial era newspapers, acclaimed writer Peter Manseau stumbled upon one report after another of melancholy accidents instances of local people accidentally discharging firearms to disastrous results.Usually, they were brief items, with the concision of dark poetry hunting accidents, neighbor shooting neighbor, father shooting son Dark as they were, they were also often bizarre and fascinating such as the case of one farmer who, trying out his new musket, shot it at his barn, hitting a door hinge that split the musket ball in two, with each half ricochetting off to hit a different, distant person, each of whom was a doctor.In Melancholy Accidents, Manseau collects and annotates a wide ranging assortment of these woebegone and oddly intimate reports, with numerous illustrations, photos, and visuals from original period newspapers It makes for a wholly unique contribution to the ongoing consideration of and the recent heated discussion about the historic place of firearms in American society.

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    1. This little book was a very quick read. It's a book with an agenda, an axe to grind if you will. From Mr Manseau's introduction it is plain that if he is not anti-gun he is at least anti-proliferation of guns, although he seems quite moderate in his presentation. He has culled reports of accidental shootings or "melancholy accidents" verbatim from newspapers and these are reproduced chronologically from 1739 to 1916. I'm glad he didn't carry on into the current century because, quite frankly, th [...]

    2. Last week, a 4-year-old boy in Florida found a .45-caliber handgun in the family car and shot his mother in the back while she was driving down the highway. As shocking as such stories are, we’ve been reading about them for a long time. Just how long becomes clear in Peter Manseau’s haunting little book “Melancholy Accidents.”Like something from the mind of Edward Gorey, it’s a record of “three centuries of stray bullets and bad luck.” The collection would be grimly funny if each o [...]

    3. This was a really interesting book with historical newspaper articles about mishaps with firearms. Each article was fascinating to read though they cover such tragic occurences. The wording for some of the news articles were a bit amusing and very old fashion. My dark humor though had me laughing out loud at a few of the stories which may offend some people. Overall a good book.

    4. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.I try not to think about guns, but they are everywhere: on the news, in movies and books, even the sporting goods and toy section of your local Walmart. Right, Walmart, where a mom with a permit to carry a concealed weapon was killed by a bored youngster in a shopping cart. Like the author points out in the front matter: "People who kill people with guns often don't mean to, guns are so good at it that people sometimes don't even have to try. [...]

    5. Most of this book is taken up by excerpts from various newspapers dealing with reports of gun accidents. Some are brief and dry, while others incorporate moralizing, poetry, or other commentary. Certain patterns repeat with almost numbing regularity.I'd probably give it three stars were it not for the introductory essay that meditates on the American relationship with firearms, and does it very well indeed. It's easily worth an extra star.

    6. This book is largely a collection of newspaper articles, spanning three centuries, about accidental shootings in America. It is a really interesting concept, and there is something to just reading through the same tragedy over and over, having the pattern drilled into you. The tone and language shifts through the centuries as newspaper styles change, but the same horrors repeat themselves - she didn't know it was loaded, he pointed it as a joke, loved ones shooting loved ones. I was a bit torn o [...]

    7. First, I can only imagine the research Manseau had to undertake in order to locate newspaper clippings of accidental deaths by gunshot among all the news of intentional homicide. Give the man a research award (and probably a drink). Additionally, get all his archivists and research assistants drinks as well. Second, as a gun control advocate who lives in the middle of gun country Texas, I will happily hand over this book to anyone who casually begins the motto, “Guns don’t kill people…”D [...]

    8. This book offers little in the way of analysis, but someone else's analysis of the past isn't really the purpose of this book. Instead, Manseau seems to be offering up without judgement or commentary an overview of one side of America's complicated history with guns and gun ownership. He lets the historical record, told in news articles collected from 1739 to 1916, stand for itself. And I don't know about you, but it made me kind of discouraged to see how little we have changed even though the t [...]

    9. If, like me, you're a fan of Michael Lesy's 1970 cult masterpiece WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP, this may well be a book for you. Though not on a par with that classic, it similarly works on two levels. On the more serious of these, it's a compact and depressing survey of America's three-century-long, failed relationship with firearms. Peter Manseau has compiled brief newspaper accounts of gun mishaps dating back as far as the 1730s to demonstrate how little the "melancholy accidents" of the past differ [...]

    10. Warning: this is dark humor. I found this gem on Best Bets at the library and the title of the book says it all. This is unique collection of actual news clippings of accidental fatal firearm discharges over three centuries could be for all those people who claim guns don't kill people. While many of these accidents are shocking and some are well--just stupid accidents, all speak to the abundance of guns and casual acceptance of firearms for everyone in this culture. I gave it 5 stars for this u [...]

    11. This is not a book that could have come out before the public sparring over gun control, largely because it's one long historical argument for gun control. It's essentially a collection of newspaper articles chronicaling accidental shootings from the colonial era on. And on the one hand, it's fascinating to read all of these and imagine the stories behind them. One or two of them I'm positive were murders disguised as accidents. On the other hand, they get very repetitive and depressing, especia [...]

    12. This wasn't the book I thought it was going to be. I'd expected more analysis and context than primary source reader. I really enjoyed the introductory essay that Manseau included but was disappointed that the body of the book was just the articles reprinted from various newspapers. As a collection of primary sources, I can see this being useful. However, without any framing comments I was left wondering "so what?" The accumulation of stories doesn't itself tell you anything except that this hap [...]

    13. "While the gun as a symbol in American mythology has stood variously for revolutionary liberty, frontier-opening self-reliance, and most recently stand-your-ground security, hapless tragedy may be its most durable meaning. "This quick read catalogs quite a number of accidents involving firearms, to the point that it becomes a little redundant.

    14. To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. It was too traumatic. The introduction was well-written and the newspaper articles detailing accidental gun death, after accidental gun death were fascinating, but I could barely sleep the night I started reading this. Not recommended if you have even one little part of you that is a worrier.

    15. Newspaper accounts of accidental shootings from the 1700s to 1910. What more needs to be said, morbidly fascinating

    16. Having read and written about this type of newspaper article I was hoping for a more robust analysis, still an interesting collection of news clippings.

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