Book Reviews of The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World

The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World
The Clumsiest People in Europe Or Mrs Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World
Author: Todd Pruzan
ISBN-13: 9781596911505
ISBN-10: 1596911506
Publication Date: 6/13/2006
Pages: 208
Edition: Reprint
Rating:
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
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2.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Interesting and amusing at first, but by the end of the book, the bigoted, ethnocentric, and snotty views of Mrs. Mortimer lose their humor. I did enjoy a very personal glimpse into the worldview of Victorian England, but in the end it is too much of the same and when the laughs stop it becomes annoying.
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Helpful Score: 1
This travel book is quite amusing and entertaining though it was not written to be comedic. Mrs. Mortimer's Victorian pronouncements are so absurd and inaccurate that we in the modern era can only laugh at what she has to say. No country mentioned in the book escapes her poison. She has something to say about each country's level of cleanliness, its work ethic, its morality, its attractiveness, its children, etc. What's most remarkable is she writes with such conviction about places she hasn't visited. I got a good laugh out of this. She has a very interesting writing style. She's very direct. She asks a question and then she answers her own question. It's a simple straightforward narrative. There's no point getting upset over what Mrs. Mortimer has to say. She's exposing the prejudices of a bygone era although one could argue such sentiments can be found even here in the USA today.

If you like to travel you'll like this book. If you like Victorian England get this book. Get it even if you don't like to Victorian England or travelling. I'm sure you'll be entertained.
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I found it interesting that the author's note takes the same tone about Ms. Mortimer as Ms. Mortimer took with the world.