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Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury Academic
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Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, history, nonfiction
I'm reasonably sure this is Day's thesis: it's formatted like one, and has the same sort of repetitive, redundant proofs that you find in every thesis because if you don't put them in, your advisor is going to ask why not and then it's a whole thing. Anyway, this one is about consumption, aka tuberculosis, its prevalence in the nineteenth century, and the effect that prevalence had on fashion, romanticism, and beauty ideals. It's very academic and it can get repetitive, but if you're interested ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
More like 2.5. Subject is interesting but the book was very repetitive and strangely laid out. It could have used better editing and 50 less or better organised pages.
Jess Fowler
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was the level of nerd I was more or less expecting. This is an essay so if you’re looking for something breezy it might not be for you, unless like me, it’s a whole mood.

In terms of the writing, I would say the author could have potentially taken the time to condense some points, or use a more formal structure to keep ideas together. Many single points were backed up with multiple references that added little new light to the argument and then the point was summarised again but bringing in
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: misc-nonfiction
Repetitive, oddly laid out. It's hard to make an argument about a progressing idea when you jump between time periods so frequently. Didn't seem the author had much to say on this otherwise interesting topic. Could've been 60 pages lighter. ...more
3.5 stars rounded up. The writing isn't too bad and it's an interesting read but I think in my case it suffers from a conflict between what I wanted/expected and the book Day was actually writing. For me, this just didn't delve deep enough, the conclusions weren't taken as far as I wanted, and the scope of the topic wasn't covered widely enough. But I think that's not what Day was meaning to write?

All in all, this is a short, fairly interesting read and I recommend it overall. Glad I finally ma
Britt Lauren
Great concept, but too repetitive
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
great concept and an interesting thesis, but needed an editor SO badly!!! missing full stops, weirdly placed commas, sentence fragments all over the place. really took away from the overall appeal.
Stephanie Molnar
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, informative book. Ended up being more a social history of TB and less about fashion (only last two chapters), but I'm still good I read it. ...more
Carol Lynn
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched/footnoted. The author's conclusions are well laid out with liberal amounts of supporting qoutes included. I found this to be a relatively short and informative read. ...more
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