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Why can't you love something without slamming everyone else? The writer's ego ruined all else.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
You don’t have to read too fare before you realize the author and her husband’s adoption of Victorian era technology and customs is as much a product of their strange and awkward personalities as their love of history. If it hadn’t been period reenactment they would have adopted some other “look at me I’m special, different and misunderstood” lifestyle like religious fundamentalism or full body tattooing. Occasionally you do get some interesting insight into late Victorian life but you have to wade through a lot of ultra-trite memoir style impressions from her daily life. It doesn’t help that she attempts to write in a style reminiscent of her favorite time period and falls quite a bite short with her arcane and needlessly elaborate vocabulary.
Also, the narrator seems a totally inappropriate choice for a first-person account of a young woman’s thoughts and impressions. I get the sense the author is in her mid-30’s but the narrator is 20 years older and with her pinched, schoolmarm vocal style is more suited to reading to very young children than adults.
If you are looking for a truly engrossing historical commentary on everyday life check out Bill Bryson's "At Home". It ranges from the medieval to the Victorian era and is incredibly well researched and entertaining.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Imagine a female Bill Bryson choosing to learn about the 1890s by full immersion. This book is witty, entertaining, beautifully written and educational in its authenticity. I wanted it to go on forever and wished Sarah Chrisman was my friend!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
terrible. i was looking for a book about the Victorian life and someone that may have life it. not someone ranting on about how much better they are than everyone else because they are. hate it !!