An utterly delightful and fun read, compelling in its historical detail, this is a must-hear for any Georgette Heyer fan.
©2008 Jennifer Kloester; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd.
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"You will learn a lot..."
I'm sure that as a "teaching tool," this book deserves 5 stars. It is truly not entertaining though. I love Georgette Heyer's novels and I hoped that this was a story...perhaps I didn't read the description well enough. It is a very detailed lesson about the culture, fashion, customs, etc. of the Regency period.
If you are looking to verify the accuracy of Heyer's stories...this should do it ; )
"Sets the historical context straight"
All the details of the novels and how they tied into the historical information of the setting. Quite informative. Not a novel, but full of interesting tidbits.
"Fascinating Social History"
I was a snob about romantic fiction until I started background research on its history for an academic paper; this book was part of my discovery about the care that Heyer took with her beautifully written literature. Kloester has produced a witty and helpful guide (the fabrics, the alcohol, and something of the political time) aiding the understanding, and entertainment value of the books. Charlotte Strevens has exactly the right register and humour in her performance to make this book live, Highly recommend.
"A detailed introduction to the period"
No. But I would read it again in the print version, especially if there were plenty of illustrations.
The section on food and meals was fascinating. All the sections were interesting though.
I'm afraid not. She has a nice voice but some odd pronunciation and rather elocution-y voice was something of a distraction.
Not that sort of book! It is a look at the social history of the period, using as examples some of Georgette Heyer's characters.
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