This glorious giggle of a book about the Victorian ways of parenting is as hilarious as it is terrifying.
The rather giddy tone is probably not for everyone. The captions under the pictures are hilarious.
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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