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on 15 June 2009
What a gem of a book!! Although Thomas is the noted author and historian it is his wife Jane who makes this book well worth reading. It details their move into London Society from the depths of wild, barren Scotland where the pair hail from in 1834. From the start it is a recipe for disaster as the pair struggle to cope with the noise and the neighbours!!"Plus ca change....!!"
Many times Thomas has to abandon his home in order to get some peace and quiet and when the builders move in one almost feels for the couple when no less than NINE times do the various builders end up through the ceiling!
This book is a must! Modern day readers will find much to compare and Jane's turn of phrase will make you LOL!!!!
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on 22 July 2010
An evocation of Victorian life and its ups and downs. To read this book is to walk through the rooms of a long lost household. It made me want to visit the actual house in London. Unreseredly recommended.
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on 1 July 2013
i am still reading the carlyles because i keep going back to re-read bits and pieces.
it is a fascinating piece of social history combined with the everyday life of a great writer and in parts is hilarious.
fabulous book at a great price, i bought used copy and it arrived immediately in pristine condition complete with book-mark.
the book-mark is a copy of the endpapers from a painting of the carlyles favourite room. it is so evocative and cosy you can't wait to delve into the book and you won't be disappointed. enjoy.
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on 11 June 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was such a slice of social history. And poor Jane, I am not surprised she suffered ill health, between caring for her husband and coping with the servants she really had a hard time. He seemed to be more like the child she never had the way that she cared for him, sorted all his problems and supervised his diet. I loved the way she wrote to him regarding a rise in her housekeeping. Most interesting and well worth reading.
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on 21 February 2013
This book was interesting as it gave you an idea of general domestic life at that time. It was a bit too mundane but nevertheless enjoyable.
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