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Simple Social Graces: Recapturing the Lost Art of Gracious Victorian Living Hardcover – May 6, 1998
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This unique work compares and contrasts the etiquette and daily life of Americans during the Victorian period with that of our current society. Sociologist Lichter describes in great detail socializing, parenting, homemaking, and courting, dispelling some of our widely held misconceptions about the Victorians. Well researched and well balanced, her book includes many supporting examples from the writings of the Victorian era as well as numerous examples gleaned from 20th-century media, popular culture, and politics. More than a history of the social customs of the Victorians, this is also a searing social commentary on this century's decline of gracious living and social amenities despite our many advances and high standard of living. Recommended for academic and public libraries where demand for social history and commentary warrants.ABonnie Poquette, Appleton P.L., WI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"[Simple Social Graces is] a lovely reminder of the Victorian sensibility that focused on gentle living." -- San Antonio Express-News
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Since human nature is fixed this book is revolutionary in that it shows how human behavior can improve in our digital age.
A must read and a must share!
The entire tone of the book is harsh and angry. God in Christ Jesus is a wonderful loving God that brings peace and properity to all who obey him as the Victorians did. It is when the likes of Woodrow Wilson and other communist infiltrations in the US and England that the polite society came to an end. The only people who will like this book are angry feminist. I'm sorry I bought this book and I'm throwing in the trash bin.
I would give it zero stars if I could.
This is a highly informative book, and I loved it.
My mother will love this book, many of the complaints and frustrations she has about "people/life today" are repeated in this book, but put into historical context, and with an armarda of examples illustrating how the Victorians did it better, and why it worked. I find it hard to argue with the author! She makes me feel as though I'd love living back in the Victorian age.
I find this a compelling read, and so does my girlfriend - and we're "offspring of baby-boomer" age, probably one of the very few in our age group that would care less about social graces. Buy the book - even if you don't agree with the arguments, you'll have a very lively read with plenty of thought-provoking ideas and recollections.