mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
flemmings

Forecast: scratchy with continuing grumps

Thank heaven for wikipedia. It may have spoiled some of the action of Novel on Yellow Paper but at least it's stopped me from returning it to the library after reaching page two. OTOH this is not going to be the happy romp the language suggests it might be. The narrator is vapid and bigoted and tiresome, not charmingly harum-scarum.

On a minor note, Peculiar Occurrences underlines again a significant blind spot in fictional 19th centuries. Servants. Anyone middle class and above had servants. When you went to spend an aristocratic weekend somewhere you brought your maid and valet. Really and truly guys, millionaires did not dress themselves *or* do up their wives' corsets.
Tags: history, reading_13
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