Hi all. I just finished a totally funny book. It’s called “Unmentionable, the Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners.”
Oneill, Therese. Reading time: 7 hours, 14 minutes.
Read by Betsy Foldes Meiman.
A humorous exploration of womanhood in the Victorian era, including issues related to hygiene, health, beauty, marriage, sex, and general personal care. Topics discussed include what to wear, where to relieve oneself, menstruation, how to be the perfect wife, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
On purpose this book is written tongue in cheek, to give readers with a 2017 mind a taste of Victorian-era thinking on the subjects I mentioned.
The narrator, a new one to me is perfect for delivering ironic humor which fills almost every page.
This is some of the zippiest reading this side of the “Police Gazette.”
I know it was for women but I just couldn’t resist comparing the rigidity of their era in everything they did to the wonderful casualness guys and girls can now treat each other with.
If I learned anything real, it is that the original maker of Kellog’s Corn Flakes was a quack doctor called John H. Kellog who had some ideas about women that would make the meanest man you can name seem like a romantic by comparison.
At least his famous cereal company survived and in fact flourished once Mr. Kellog the old woman-hater went snap crackle pop and began his new career pushing up daisies.
I hope you get as many laughs out of this book as I did, and thank God we live in 2017, not in the era of the Victorian or western novels we like to read.
You can’t read this book with a bowl of popcorn or a sack of candy since neither were invented in Victorian days but you could (and maybe should) have a bottle of Jameson’s which did exist back then to cushion your shock at some of the revelations herein.