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Dirt: A Social History As Seen Through The Uses And Abuses Of Dirt

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Dirt, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is, Terence McLaughlin suggests, "evidence of the imperfections of life, a constant reminder of change and decay. It is the dark side of all human activities --human because it is only in our judgements that things are dirty; ther is no such material as absolute dirt." Dirt comes in legion shapes, colors, smells and text ...more
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Published May 2nd 2011 by Dorset Press (first published 1971)
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Miranda
Sep 13, 2010 Miranda rated it really liked it
This book has a dry title and my copy had a cracked, aging cover that would have led me to believe it was a pretty dry 1970s social history. But this book was about poop and the plague!

In the end it turns it around on us and talks about industrial pollution and consumption, saying that when we laugh at the people of 1700s London who installed toilets and didn't connect them to anything to take the filth away, we don't have much ground to stand on.

Anyway, I liked it.
Ken
Jul 18, 2013 Ken rated it really liked it
A thoroughly entertaining and informative expose about everything you wanted to know about any foul or filthy substance such as mud, grime, dust, or excrement in Britain down through the ages. However, I definitely would not recommend eating while reading any part of this book because the descriptions of what conditions were like in the United Kingdom several centuries ago are so realistic you can almost 'smell' the graphic narration. There was no concern for sanitation whatsoever, and any care ...more
Keita Kenyatta
Jan 31, 2012 Keita Kenyatta rated it it was amazing
This is the most interesting book that I've read in a while. It explains much that many have not thought about. This is a history that is not taught in school concerning European people. The question that begs to be asked is, how did they get in that condition and how did they get out? There are two books that answer that question. The first question as to how they got in that condition can be answered by simply saying that the Vikings destroyed ancient Rome and Rome destroyed Greece before the ...more
David Melbie
Dec 06, 2010 David Melbie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: clean freaks!
Recommended to David by: it kept staring at me, so I read it!
Been meaning to read this since I first moved to Texas; finally did. What a book! Dirt is some shit, ain't it? --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie.
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