Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children

Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children

Feminist historian Therese Oneill is back, to educate you on what to expect when you're expecting . . . a Victorian baby! In Ungovernable, Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backwards, pseudoscientific, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the Victorians, advising us on: - How to be sure you're not too ugly, sickly, or stupid to breed- What positions and...

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Title:Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children
Author:Therese Oneill
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Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children Reviews

  • Angela

    Just as tongue-in-cheek funny as the author's previous book on Victorian history, Unmentionable. I really hope she writes more of these! I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were FANTASTIC.

  • Marie

    not as enjoyable as her previous book unmentionable. the q and a narrative got a bit tiresome after the first chapter. still interesting in its context regarding Victorians and their ideas and methods of childrearing from a historical perspective.

  • Dianna

    I found the first few chapters to be rather funny but beyond that it was okay. I did prefer Unmentionables much more than this one. But, again, I would not survive a day as a Victorian mother! I have to add that I did not find the q and a format of this book enjoyable.

  • Jordan

    I really enjoy Therese Oneill's snarky sense of humor. This isn't a typical parenting book. It is a fun look at how children were raised, what pregnant women experienced, and what life as a child was like in the Victorian era (really not that long ago!).

    Bonus: There are some really excellent and entertaining pictures throughout the book. This is worth picking up for that reason alone!

  • Alicia

    Ugh.

    Isn't it frustrating when you're super excited about something and it doesn't meet your expectations? I'd had this on my TBR as soon as I saw that she was publishing another in her humorous exploration of Victorian times. Alas, this one didn't work out. Unmentionables-- loved and purchased for someone as a gift. This one-- grating and tiresome. Yes, I read it through (which I was going to abandon a few times), but because it provided some great primary source documentation of how "scientist

    Ugh.

    Isn't it frustrating when you're super excited about something and it doesn't meet your expectations? I'd had this on my TBR as soon as I saw that she was publishing another in her humorous exploration of Victorian times. Alas, this one didn't work out. Unmentionables-- loved and purchased for someone as a gift. This one-- grating and tiresome. Yes, I read it through (which I was going to abandon a few times), but because it provided some great primary source documentation of how "scientists", doctors, and families thought during this time, it's truly a gem. The research is immeasurable and for that I'm eternally grateful.

    It was the execution of said material that drove me insane. The Q&A style was not the way to go because it made the text super choppy with the bolded questions, oft-used ellipses as answers, and short and long responses. It felt like it was jumping around using that style while attempting to deliver it straightforward. Second, the humor was a little... much. Unmentionables balanced the humor with the delivery of content. This one was all humor with the content hidden (though there) with the overuse of humor including puns, raunchy language, and harping on specific topics. For example, yes "ass milk" = donkey's milk, but to continue to refer to it as ass milk was annoying after the second time. It's like most conversations with my youngest brother. Yes, heard it. Laughed the first time, let's not go back there again.

    Needless to say I was super disappointed not to love this one more on it's delivery alone. I wanted more substance and got too much stand-up instead.

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