Ungovernable

Ungovernable

The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children

Book - 2019
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Presents a humorous guide to Victorian child-rearing that includes such advice as how much lager to consume while pregnant and which toys are most likely to render children sexual deviants.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316481908
Branch Call Number: 649.10941 ON
Characteristics: x, 275 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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JCLStefanieE Jul 18, 2019

This glorious giggle of a book about the Victorian ways of parenting is as hilarious as it is terrifying.

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patcarstensen
Jul 12, 2019

The rather giddy tone is probably not for everyone. The captions under the pictures are hilarious.

Beatricksy May 16, 2019

As with Oneill's first book in the Victorian Guides, this one is hilarious. The comedy is charming, the information cheerfully cherry picked, the organization nicely done. But the formatting, with the Q and A style, is sort of distracting and the attempt to make in-jokes (ass milk) is sometimes a little too overdrawn and wearying. The added illustrations taken from newspapers and books and photo albums from the time period are gems, and the stuff it contains is super great, just like the last one. Or, super terrible, actually. But you'll pick up all sorts of silly dinner trivia remarks (the Girls liked Blue and Boys liked Pink rumor is satisfactorily squashed). It asks things you've always quietly sort of wondered but never bothered to actually look up, like, "What IS castor oil, anyway?"

A super great, easy diversion. A casual, pop history that's terrifically entertaining for one go at it, but is by no means a reference book (seriously, did you expect that? did you even READ Unmentionable??) or probably has much rereading value. Do try it, though; it's quite fun.

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