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What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2004

    Disappointing at best

    This was a very informative book. However, it was also chock-full of typographical errors. At first you could reason as to what the author was trying to say. But the errors kept getting worse and worse. Anyone who has read some of the literature that Mr. Pool quotes will be offended at the lack of editorial correction or research. This would have been an excellent book if it were not for the repeated mistakes. One instance was when Mr. Pool was referring to the book Our Mutual Friend. He kept discussing a character named 'Eugene Hexam.' Now if you have read the book then you know that there is no 'Eugene Hexam.' There is a Eugene Wrayburn and a Charlie Hexam, however. This is annoying but not detrimental to the plot and structure of the book until he refers to 'Eugene Hexam' as a creepy schoolmaster. Once again, if you are familiar with the book you will know that the schoolmaster's name was Bradley Headstone. Perhaps the author had trouble with the facts in this one book, right? Wrong. Later on he makes a comment about the book 'Jude the Obscure' and wrongfully titles it as 'Jude the Observer.' I shudder to think of the people who have their literary characters mixed up because of the mistakes in this book. After reading this book one can conclude that either the author did not research his facts, (And if this is the case how much of the book is fact?), or that the editor was very lax in his editing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    A Must Read for history buffs

    I love this book for a variety of reasons. It has great historical information that is well researched and is easy to read. It has very useful charts and calendars and if you are a writer or need a bit of information on daily English life in the 19th Century, this is an invaluable book.

    Yes, it is still essentially a history book, giving the reader a look at everthing from money, to transportaion to how to address a Duke, but somehow the reader is swept into all of this by meeting characters from both Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Before you quite know it, you've read the entire book! The glossary itself runs nearly 140 pages and is worth reading

    Don't hesitate to get this book it's worth every penny.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    It's about time!

    An invaluable companion piece for any avid reader of British Victorian literature. I am a very devoted reader of literature from the Victorian and Edwardian period, and have often wondered at the jargon. I feel infinitely enlightened, and I am better able to grasp the significance of certain words and situations outlined in the great novels. You can either buy this to read from cover to cover, or just put in on your shelf and use as reference.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Nightwing

    Okay. *drags the prey back to camp*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Good Refrence Tool for Those Who Need Sources

    This book is a great reference for those interested in Regency and Victorian England. It is best suited, however, for those that have read a few Regency classics already. It has extensive references to other books from Austen, Dickens, and Trollope. However, this extensive sourcing to other books takes away from the enjoyment of reading, as the reader must drudge through these constant quotes and explanations of other books. This makes the book seem much longer than it really is. While these references may help some readers, they were a nuisance if the information given was already understood to begin with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 1999

    A Excellent Guide to 19th Century Ways

    This book was an excellent guide to read about the 19th century.I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Fireblaze

    "Nightwing? Hey lets head back"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 15, 2012

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