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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.

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