Rebecca Huston's Reviews > Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale
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Jul 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 19th-century, england, non-fiction
Read from July 14 to 17, 2012 — I own a copy

A nonfictional look at a notorious divorce case in 1850's Victorian England, where the main testimony came from the diary kept by the wife. Interesting look at hydrotherapy, spa life, privacy and morality. The author leaves the question of what Isabella Robinson did was right or wrong up to the leader. I found it to be a fairly good read, and a part of Victorian life that isn't explored very much. Four stars overall and recommended.

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Reading Progress

07/15/2012 page 64
20.0% "Isabella Robinson comes across as high-strung, depressed, and very alone in this one. Febrile and needy is how the author describes her in one passage."
07/17/2012 page 320
100.0% "All finished. Very intriguing and disturbing. A look into a very unhappy marriage, and the fall of a woman based solely on her diary. This one bothred me quite a bit."

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message 1: by Sue (new) - added it

Sue How is this? I have it on my list to read eventually.

Rebecca Huston Just barely getting started here, but from what I can tell, it's going to be a doozy. Both of her husbands sound like real rotters, and real pigs. One died before he could properly see her and their son set up financially, and the second -- grr! I could drop kick him to Antartica.

message 3: by Marialyce (new) - added it

Marialyce I also have this one so I will be anxious to see what you think.

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