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How to Boil a Flamingo: And 49 Other Lessons in the Lost Art of Being a Lady

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An elegant tome fit for all ladies, this volume provides necessary advice, wisdom, and guidance on the essential art of being a lady. For those unfortunate enough not to be a lady by birth, authors Allison Vale and Alison Rattle offer the assembled wisdom of generations of women for the benefit of such poor lost souls. They suggest that after a perusal of the pages herein, ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Prion
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Mar 07, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
Well, this looked awesome from the cover.
It was an inedible menagerie of tips and tricks ranging from the middle ages to the Edwardian era. If you read any historical fiction you already know them, and if you don't read historical fiction, they are of zero use to you.
They try to pass this off as a real historically accurate self-help book, which is ruined in two ways. One, they cite actual historical sources at the end of each 'lesson' which kills the effect ("Inspired by the murder trial of so-
Sep 01, 2011 Julie rated it liked it
Based on the title, I expected a tongue in cheek tone-sort of a grace under pressure handbook, but it is quite literally a collection of instructions on how to be a lady in the past. There is a reason hobble skirts got tossed on the rubbish heap, such contraptions/conventions slowed us down. Although I do often wish I was not expected to acknowledge persons to whom I have not been introduced!
I now know I how to boil a flamingo! Hooray! Now I just need a flamingo to boil.

This is a tongue-in-cheek look at years gone past on how to act and look like an upper class woman. It focuses predominately on the late-16th to mid-19th centuries, taking its advice from books written during the periods. Each chapter details where the advice came from.

It would have been better, I believe, if the chapters were put into some kind of order. We have housekeeping, then birthing babies and finding a husba
Dec 06, 2015 Ophelinha rated it it was ok
Ok, I have to admit it: I have bought this book because of its cover, and it wasn't exactly what I had signed up for.
I expected it to be sparkly and bubbly and ironic, but it's merely a collection of dos and donts for Victorian ladies. Admittedly it had some bits and pieces. Good starting point for research and for a reality check for wannabe ladies.
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May 22, 2011 Holly Troup rated it liked it
rather pretentious, somewhat tedious
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