Kari's Reviews > Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant

Up and Down Stairs by Jeremy Musson
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Jan 31, 12

Read from January 22 to 31, 2012

I am giving this book only three stars based mostly on the fact that, though it was well written and the author is clearly knowledgeable about the subject matter, the first 75% was incredibly dry. It seemed that all I read were endless lists of servants titles and instructions for good servants to follow. While that was interesting, there was so very many lists that I had trouble retaining what I read.

I did, however, love reading the first hand accounts of servants, past and present. I think I should have gone with my instinct and read books written by the house servants themselves since I clearly liked the more personal bits. If you want more detail into the life of a servant, and are not concerned with the sheer number of servants in over a dozen country houses, I wouldn't bother with this book.

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