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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fact over fiction?
This is a case of successful extreme research and cleverly stitched historical information apparently about the marriage of an individual woman. It is actually much more than that, providing insight into both men and women, the way society is organised, and how established values can dominate fragile human beings. The profiling of individual persons, victims or lawyers,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars How times change.
Poor Mrs Robinson - not at all like the Mrs. Robinson of 'The Graduate' fame. Frustrated and lonely in a cold marriage she caused a huge court case and scandalised society. She wouldn't even merit a mention in the daily mail nowadays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fact over fiction?, 29 Jan 2013
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This is a case of successful extreme research and cleverly stitched historical information apparently about the marriage of an individual woman. It is actually much more than that, providing insight into both men and women, the way society is organised, and how established values can dominate fragile human beings. The profiling of individual persons, victims or lawyers, is fascinating. Read the notes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How times change., 29 Nov 2013
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Poor Mrs Robinson - not at all like the Mrs. Robinson of 'The Graduate' fame. Frustrated and lonely in a cold marriage she caused a huge court case and scandalised society. She wouldn't even merit a mention in the daily mail nowadays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Victorian life and morals, 15 April 2013
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To learn more about middle/upper class Victorians. This book shows the double standards in Victorian society, men appear to have had different rules they lived by, whilst women were deemed of no consequence and not supposed to have views on any subject other than their children and running of the household. And to have actual feelings of passion was shocking.
This book is an excellent record of victorian marriage and divorce, based on a genuine divorce, not a novel so many will be disappointed, the language is different, more stilted, many would struggle with it. The book is quite short pity another case is not included. If you like light chick lit this is not for you, students of history will find it a helpful reference of research.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much food for thought, 5 Feb 2013
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This book has really gripped me despite my misgivings about the violation of privacy in reading someone's (highly edited) diary. That aside, Kate Summerscale does a great job in contextualising the diary's contents. It gives a sobering account of the plight of even quite wealthy women in the 1850's if they had the misfortune to be unhappily married. This all sounds a bit worthy but I can truly say I found it an absorbing read and am very grateful for the freedom and independence women have always enjoyed in my lifetime. The Kindle edition also contains the full text of Madame Bovary with an introduction by KS which makes it particularly good value.
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40 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like a long essay, 14 May 2012
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I was really looking forward to this book - but was very disappointed.

What I found was not the private diary of a Victorian lady but the author's explaination of it with the odd quote from the diary itself written in, followed by a usually glaringly obvious explaination as to what said quote meant within that context.

I felt like I was reading a very long essay on the book.

The story is interesting, but I would rather have read more of the diary itself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 21 Jun 2013
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Got about a quarter of the way through this and gave up - boring and tedious and I certainly couldn't recommend that anyone buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Mrs. Robsinson, 5 July 2014
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This was interesting as a historical perspective on attitudes to women and sexuality, hypocracy and ignorance. Poor Mrs. Robsinson, her namesake had much more fun in The Graduate!
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3.0 out of 5 stars In the end who care, 24 Mar 2014
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Well written, but a very very minor matter of little historical or human interest. Certainly not woth linking with Madame Bovary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read if you like history., 12 Mar 2014
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I enjoyed the lead up to the main events of the story - the social setting and the detailed background. The actual court case is quite an enigma - did these events happen or was it all a figment of Mrs Robinson's imagination? It's a little repetitive in places but if you are interested in history - particularly social and women's history, then you should enjoy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A long hard slog, 5 Feb 2014
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Yawn. Surprise, surprise women had a hard time in the Victorian era and had to go through a series of court cases to get their rights recognised.
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