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Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travellers

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Real ladies do not travel - or so it was once said. This new collection of women's travel dispels that myth, with amusing and thrilling extracts which prove that there are few corners of the world not visited by lady travelers. Isabella Bird, Karen Blixen, Christina Dodwell, Jan Morris, Dervla Murphy, Freya Stark, and Rebecca West are among almost 200 authors in this new a ...more
Paperback, 471 pages
Published December 20th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1994)
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Jul 31, 2008 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I really enjoyed this, even though at times it got a little bit tedious. The nice thing about that is that this book is extremely easy to pick up and put down, and to read simultaneously with something else, which is exactly what I did.

This book is essentially a collection of letters and journal entries written by women travelers. On the face of it that might not seem like any big thing, but this book is not focusing on you and me and our moms and aunts -- this is looking way back into the past
A fascinating look at women unafraid to roam the earth. Many powered through circumstances that would have left me crying by the side of the trail.
I was sitting down to a nice lunch in my cosy home, when I read the story of a woman trying to save her cabin from flames. Her little girl's feet froze in the snow, as she tried to help her mother save their possessions. I put the book aside, and concentrated on my good fortune. My appreciation for my comfortable life was increased, as was my wish to
Meghan Blanchette
A bit slow at times, there were several times I skimmed (there's only so much I can read about the description of a leaf). But I enjoyed the stories of women out facing the world, and bravery inherent in that.
“I envy the easy peace of mind of a ruddy milkmaid, who, undisturbed by doubt, hears the sermon, with humility, every Sunday, not having confounded the sentiments of natural duty in her head by the vain-enquiries of the schoools, who may be more learned, yet, after all, must remain as ignorant.” — Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, "Letters ... Written, during her Travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa"

“Everything seems unreal or unnecessary, everything is dressed up. / All these people moving about, sitti
Austen to Zafón
Well, I read most of it. While it was a fascinating look at how women travellers experienced the world and were treated in the past, I wasn't interested in every destination. Mostly, I liked reading what it was like to travel in the 18th and 19th centuries, when every destination was so very different from the next and from home. Letters were infrequent and so they were long and contained much detail. What surprised me most was the lack of prejudice or suspicion in most (although not all) of the ...more
Robin Thomas
This was just an OK book for me. I thought I would enjoy it more. There were quite a few interesting stories. One of a woman traveling in West Africa in 1897 who goes ahead of her group taking a lesser path and ends up at the bottom of a game pit where she landed on 12-inch spikes. She would have been dead except for the fullness of her skirts! In other stories, women are carried around in chairs and hammocks on poles (by the natives ofcourse)! Another woman who made the first ascent of a mounta ...more
as good as anthologies get. i'm only sorry i tend to prioritise Other People's Books over the ones i own, and thus have had it on my shelves for years before reading it. and nz got a decent look-in!
Aug 02, 2010 Judy added it
A fun book to dip into and out of. The editor has organized passages from these women's memoirs of their travels and adventures.
Geographically categorised. Simply a lovely book to travel with and dip into.
Great!!!! I'll read it again.
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