The cozy image of a maiden aunt prodding a path through the jungle with a parasol is replaced by a more complex portrait. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. I felt like I was reading a dissertation or thesis. Dea Birkett has tried to write about the lives of a range of Victorian women explorers and travellers but they all get too jumbled in her laudable attempt to look at themes. I loved this collection of stories about lady adventurers. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. The book begins with a rush of biographical information, names, places, dates, and locations, but it's all written up in a dry style that leaves us with an overall picture of a typical female explorer rather than characterizing the women under discussion.
I wanted to get a feel for the women explorers as individuals and a feel for the locations where they travelled , but that was almost impossible based on how this book was set up. In such an atmosphere, petty tyrants flourish. Bookseller: , Ohio, United States U. Juicy subject matter, but rather dull read unfortunately. The book also delved into the mind sets of these women, and the conflicts that naturally arose beause of their choice of how to escape the restrictions of that society. About this Item: Basil Blackwell, London, 1989.
For example, the first chapter was about ho I liked the idea of this subject matter, but the book didn't end up being what I expected or ultimately what I wanted. These were real women, fascinating women, and some of them left a pretty solid mark on the world - we're still feeling the effects in Iraq of Gertrude Bell's machinations. And, until recently, Pitcairn, a British overseas territory, boasted of having no crime. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Birkett brings together those women who upped sticks and went exploring in foreign parts, mostly in the late 19th century.
Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. First edition first impression octavo Hardback 314 pp. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. . These were real women, fascinating women, and some of them left a pretty solid mark on the world - we're still feeling the effects in I had such high hopes for this book! Bookseller: , California, United States.
I loved the idea of reading a book about female explorers in the Victorian era, but the title put me on guard from the start. The format is awkward at first. Birkett is concerned with the stages of life of these women, chapter by chapter, and the reader loses a sense of who is being talked about, of who went Let's state at the outset that not all the women featured in the book were spinsters. These inveterate and courageous, yet often conflicted, travelers found that being on the move meant mental as well as physical freedom. Edith Durham, or Amelia Edwards? This book reads like a doctoral dissertation, more concerned with pie charts than personalities. London - If there's a Paradise, it should be Pitcairn Island. In addressing the question of whether women like Mary Kingsley and Isabella Bird were the intrepid bluestockings of popular history, or in fact early feminists, Dea Birkett concludes that they were neither; that, dissatisfied with the cramped lives prescribed for them in Victorian society, they sought new horizons abroad, discovering in these distant places a degree of freedom and respect unimaginable to them as spinsters at home.
About this Item: Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1989. There was a small biography section at the end of the book that provided a paragraph on each individual woman which ended up being more interesting than the book itself. These explorers were wandering the earth in a good 75 year time frame so sometimes it's hard to keep track of who was where, when. About this Item: Blackwell Publishers, 1989. Big amorphous cities, not small homogenous communities, are where we have the opportunity to flourish.
But as this week's verdicts reveal, isolated communities are neither happier nor healthier places to raise our children. Spinsters Abroad was this a deliberate pun? Clean hardback with a dust jacket. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. Light spillage mark on the inside of rear dust jacket. From United Kingdom to U. But never mind, I will have a look at this book over the weekend.
And that, I guess, is my major gripe. Minor creasing to bottom edge of a couple of pages. This book draws upon the diaries and writings of more than 50 such women to describe their experiences and aspirations. I figured that it was just meant to be eye-catching and cute, but I should have gone with my instincts. We feel such a self-reliant place will provide a blueprint for a rosier future. The similarities in attitudes, as well as the differences, were brought out. But they share an unexpected link to her past, and one that may tear their burgeoning romance apart forever.