“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Empire of Sin hi-res

When you think of sin, you think of the top seven; wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. No matter how often or rarely you think about it, everyone in this planet is a sinner. EVERYONE. Everyone says that children and small infants are still pure of heart and do not commit sin but does a young child not want something another child has at some point in time or another? Everyone could choose to be a saint (exact opposite of sinner) but it is not possible, not in any way, shape or form. I was raised in a Christian family so I think I’m going to take a minute and take this to a religious place. In the Christian religion, Christians are taught that they were created in the image of God. Most people think God is sinless but is he not a jealous God? Does he not display wrath when wrath is needed? Therefore; we are meant to be sinners.

This week i got a new book from B4B called Empire of Sin by Gary Krist. This is a book of sex, jazz, murder and the battle for modern New Orleans. Now, I really dont know much about New Orleans except they have amazing food, the are home to the New Orleans Saints (ironic), and you will hear some of the best jazz music in existence there! I thought this book might be worth a shot, I’m always down for a deeper history lesson!


Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city’s Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.

My take on this book, this is probably the best told mix of culture and the events that take place in one area of the us, around! I love how the book is divided into multiple parts to show the difference in culture through the years ( 1890-1891; mid 1890s to 1907; 1907-1917; 1917-1920). The author brings old stories and people, (that you learned about in school) and adds them to the story, combining it with just the right amount of fiction to feel like you are actually taking a brief look into their lives. I love feeling like i can be apart of the characters life and relate to them in some way.

Also, I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of music. So where they disscuss the characters the author shares equal parts jazz and music history. The author goes about explaining how jazz music came about and how those with less education turned to music and made money in that way. I highly suggest this book be read by any fan of historical fiction and music fans it’s well worth the time to read it, not that it should take that long. I found it so easy to live in the book till i read the very last word!

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