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Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era Paperback – 14 Oct 1992
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I think the book must have been originally intended for the American market, as all the characters within are American. The author simply dashed off a new preface, filled it with some tenuous, garbled nonsense about Queen Victoria and launched it onto an unsuspecting UK reading public. The title 'Crusaders, Curmudgeons and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era ' says it all, really. The whole rest of the book is written in that weird, silly, tabloid style, where all the words almost rhyme and start with the same letter. I didn't find one sentence which was simple, straightforward and well written. I'm sure there's a name for this style of writing but I don't know it. It's so tedious to have to plough through dozens of words before you get to the point. And sometimes, there isn't even a point. The author gets so carried away with a couple of her subjects that even on a third attempt at reading, I only had the vaguest notion of what the woman was supposed to have done.
Congratulations, Ms Stephens, you have taken a fascinating subject, a wealth of easy historical sources, a lucrative publishing deal and produced that rarest of things - a truly unreadable book.
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So why the low rating? The font was impossible for me to read. It is dark black font against a bright white background and the lines are spaced too close together. So I could only handle one or two pages at a time. Luckily, each bio is a page and a half so even though it hurt my eyes I could read at least that much in a day. And that might have been enough unto itself, but the author's writing style was SO annoying. Alliterations and other pitiful poetic word choices built into very long complicated sentences, like this one, made me have to go back and reread whole paragraphs. When you already have tracking problems, this cutesy writing becomes very annoying. Often the choice of words makes for a very confusing read.
If you have great eyes this may be a fun read for you. If so, enjoy! My eyes need a vacation. Back to Kindles for me!
By the way, this copy is a BookCrossing book. BCID 142-11420919 Check out where it's heading and where it's been on BookCrossing.com
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