A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
A short book merits a short review. Here it is: this book is good. Brevity is a virtue, and, through this book’s small keyhole, worlds are visible. Have you often thought that certain monumental history books could have been condensed with no loss of content? Here is a book which is informative, engaging, interesting and just 89 pages short. Haiku history; nonetheless, it finds room for authentic voices of the period, such as this lady advising her niece on marriage: ‘Women are not like men,’ wrote the aunt, ‘they cannot chuse, not is it creditable or lady-like to be what is called in love’. For the writer in me, this small book’s greatest achievement is in the avenues of possibility that open from voices like this one: a vista of bitterness and frustration on the one hand; on the other, a clear sight line down to pragmatism, resignation, wisdom. Good. Go and read it.
Life as a Victorian Lady; Pamela HornSutton Publishing 2007 89 pp. ISBN 9780750946070