- Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: Viking (6. März 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 067092136X
- ISBN-13: 978-0670921362
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,9 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 38.280 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Written with such passion that one cannot help but be carried along . . . Will fascinate and inform anyone who is in any way interested in Victorian ways of life (Dr Ian Mortimer, author of 'The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England')
A delightful read . . . allows us to see how the Victorians lived from day to day. A triumph (Judith Flanders, author of 'The Victorian City')
Shocking, exciting, wonderful (Clive Anderson BBC Radio 4)
Written with such passion that one cannot help but be carried along . . . Will fascinate and inform anyone who is in any way interested in Victorian ways of life (Dr Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England)
A delightful read . . . allows us to see how the Victorians lived from day to day. A triumph (Judith Flanders, author of The Victorian City)
I absolutely love this book. Exuberant, absorbing ... there's scarcely a detail of Victorian life Ruth has not tried (A N Wilson Mail on Sunday)
Ruth - a woman who possesses so much elbow grease that she could probably can the overflow to sell on the side (Independent)
Goodman's enthusiasm for history is as palpable as her contempt for misty-eyed interpretations of it (Telegraph)
Beetonian, compendious (Guardian)
Highly readable, often amusing and sometimes shocking, this is popular history at its best (BBC Who Do You Think You Are magazine)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Popular Historian Ruth Goodman is an expert in nineteenth-century social and domestic history and has presented a number of BBC television series, including Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm. She spent ten years as a historical advisor to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Globe Theatre and also appeared in the BBC2 programme 'Tales from the Banquet Hall'. She is a regular presenter on The One Show and has co-authored three books, including the Number One Bestseller Victorian Farm.
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How to Be a Victorian is truly a dawn to dusk guide to life during the reign of Queen Victoria. This is a very well researched book with a lot of detail. The chapters take you from waking in the morning, hygiene, clothing and fashion, work, leisure, exercise, food, education, medical care, and bedtime. Ms. Goodman further breaks this down into an explanation of how these activities and daily rituals vary for the different social classes and the sexes. She also discusses social and economic changes across the period of Victoria's reign. The book is aided by drawings and photos, though the author's written descriptions are quite thorough. Additionally, Ms. Goodman writes from the perspective of a person who has actually recreated the Victorian experience. She has even gone so far as to inflict this experience on her young daughter! She is taking history and research to another level, which adds to the realism.
I did debate about how to rate this book. I was going to rate it four stars because parts of the book were a bit too detailed for me and I found myself skimming the bits that did not interest me as much. Personally, I was not that interested in transportation or industry. However, I really loved the detail dedicated to clothing, education, and medicine. Therefore, I decided to rate it five stars for overall information and research. The writing style was excellent and engaging. If you have any interest in the Victorian era, this is a great book and it will enhance your reading of other books set during that time period.
Ms. Goodman has lived the life and her research is impeccable. What sets her and this book apart is the empathy and understanding she brings to what would otherwise be merely dry facts. The writing style is her own voice, I can hear her voice as I read.
It's the sort of book that I can sit and read for hours, or pick up, read a bit, or a chapter, and then put it away until I have time to explore Victorian England again. Ms. Goodman paints a picture of the every day minutia that affected those living then as do those same things in our own times.
I have only 2 negative comments to make. The first one is that there is no audiobook available, narrated by Ruth Goodman herself, and that she hasn't written a companion volume for the Tudor age.