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Valentine Vox (1854) The Ventriloquist. His life and adventures

Valentine Vox (1854) The Ventriloquist. His life and adventures [Kindle Edition]

Henry Cockton
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**' The power of an accomplished Yentriloquist is well known to be on* limited. There is no scene in life in which that power is incapal>le of being developed: it gives its possessor a oommana over the actions, the feelings, the jpsaaaoB of men, while its efficacy in loading with ridicule every prejudice and ever^ project of which the tendency is pemioiooa cannot fail to be perceived at a glance. The design of this work although essentially humorous, is notu however, to excite peals of laughter alone: it has a far higher oqjeot in view, namely, that of removing sodal absurdities and abuses uy means ^ the most peculiarly attractive and pleasing."

This formed the prospectus of Yalbntikb Vox ; and that the design has been to a considerable extent satisfiBMstorily carried out, the popularity which the work has acquired may be held to be some proof.

There is, however, one monstrous system, the pernicious, the dreadful operation of which has been, if not vividly, truthfully portrayed,—a system teeming with secret cruelties and horrors—I mean the system of Private Lunatic Asylums—to which it will be needftil for me here to refer, lest the scenes which have been described be considered too terrible either to occur in the present day, or to have indeed any lounda-idon in fact. I will mention no particmar case, I will allude to no particular asylum: I will go at once to the spHem under which men—sane men—can at any time oe seized, jsagged, manacled, and placed beyond the pale of the constitution, within me walls of an asyluuL there to be incarcerated for life, with no society save that of poor idiots and raving maniacs, shut out for ever firom the world as completely as if they were not in existence, without the power of communicating with a single friend, or of receiving firom a smgle fiiend the slightest communication.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Kindle standard 29 Dec 2012
By Maggie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read my mother's copy of Valentine Vox fifty years ago, and was looking forward to reading the book again.

Seeing the appalling typographical errors in the product description of this version, I assumed this must just be a glitch. It isn't - the product description is representative of the whole product. The book has been scanned in from the original, and nobody has bothered to proofread it. You might just about work out that "oommana" is "command", but I defy anybody to interpret "the jpsaaaoB of men".

I have returned this version of Yalbntikb Vox for a refund, and recommend Amazon to remove it from their catalogue, but I shall look out for a corrected Kindle version in the future because Valentine Vox really is worth reading.
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