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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Remarkable Book
There is very little in the sphere of "disciplinary literature" that really deserves the title of literature. The District Governess is one of the few exceptions. Set in the fantasy-world of Aristasia, where men do not exist, the book depicts real people living real lives in a world that is unfamiliar to us but perfectly consistent in itself. The stories are full of human...
Published on 13 Jun. 2005 by Pixie Girl

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written Punishment Stories, But Rather Lacking In Fire
Regina Snow writes about a fantasy world called Aristasia, where there are no males, and the two 'sexes' present are brunettes and blondes, the former being intelligent and capable and the latter, not. In this world there is no crime, but 'naughtiness' is punished corporally. The book contains nine short stories set in this world, all involving the punishment of errant...
Published on 30 Sept. 2010 by Clifford


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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written Punishment Stories, But Rather Lacking In Fire, 30 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: The District Governess and Other Stories (Hardcover)
Regina Snow writes about a fantasy world called Aristasia, where there are no males, and the two 'sexes' present are brunettes and blondes, the former being intelligent and capable and the latter, not. In this world there is no crime, but 'naughtiness' is punished corporally. The book contains nine short stories set in this world, all involving the punishment of errant females using a variety of implements. An introduction to the geography and disciplinary systems is provided by Miss Marianne Martindale, who shares Miss Snow's enthusiasm for the delicately crafted fantasy of Aristasia. The collection is well written, but I found it rather too delicate, and the world depicted rather too dispassionate, although this finding may well be related to my belonging to the sex that is proscribed in this fantasy world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Remarkable Book, 13 Jun. 2005
This review is from: The District Governess and Other Stories (Hardcover)
There is very little in the sphere of "disciplinary literature" that really deserves the title of literature. The District Governess is one of the few exceptions. Set in the fantasy-world of Aristasia, where men do not exist, the book depicts real people living real lives in a world that is unfamiliar to us but perfectly consistent in itself. The stories are full of human warmth and humour and reflect the deep philosophy of the Aristasian movement.
Every story is about discipline, but rather than the usual "flagellation dummies", the stories concern living, breathing women in a world where "there is very little evil, but a certain amount of naughtiness", and where wearing too short a skirt might earn a spanking from a policewoman.
The stories range from the heart-rendingly poignant to the delicately humorous. They are well-written, clever and often beautiful. They deserve to be known beyond the "disciplinary" niche in which they now find themselves.
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