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    Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era?

    Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.)

    Unmentionable is your hilarious, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on:

    • What to wear
    • Where to relieve yourself
    • How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating
    • What to expect on your wedding night
    • How to be the perfect Victorian wife
    • Why masturbating will kill you
    • And more

    Irresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, Unmentionable will inspire a whole new level of respect for Elizabeth Bennett, Scarlett O'Hara, Jane Eyre, and all of our great-great-grandmothers.

    (And it just might leave you feeling ecstatically grateful to live in an age of pants, superabsorbency tampons, epidurals, antidepressants, and not dying of the syphilis your husband brought home.)

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

    ©2016 Therese Oneill (P)2016 Hachette Audio

    Commentaires

    "A down-and-dirty perusal of the realities of hygiene and womanhood in the Victorian era. The truth behind slimming corsets, virtuous nuptials, and strict morals is sometimes shocking, occasionally alarming, but always funny with Oneill's wry commentary." ( Library Journal)
    "Flat-out hysterical (and occasionally alarming).... Read it and be very, very glad you're a woman of modern times." ( Good Housekeeping)
    "Oneill uncovers the filthy, untidy, licentious conditions of 19th-century women's lives that novelists of the period often glossed over." ( Elle)

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    • jb11
    • 13/12/2017

    I hope my review does this book justice.

    I've been an Audible monthly member since 2000. That's almost 18 years of a book subscription. There are a very small handful that I return to, and THIS book has just shot to the top of that list. The trick to sidesplitting humor is cleverly finding and communicating certain truths. Our dear writer must've been in knots throughout the writing of this book. Her caustic wit expresses itself in such a way that illustrates absurdity PERFECTLY! The performer has proven herself to be the ideal match to this writer. Her inflections are spot on, and had me cracking up on a regular basis. If you've EVER thought that the 19th century was a romantic, dreamy era to live in, this will change your mind. I have no doubt that I've missed parts, so I'll be going back to make sure I catch everything. Again... and again... and again... Buy this book, you will not regret it! Oh, and the accompanying .pdf does not disappoint, either! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

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    • J. Bell
    • 08/04/2018

    Starts out entertaining, grows tiresome

    I was hoping for something far more historical in nature, and while I did find some interesting facts at the beginning of the book, the latter half became tiresome and hateful. Sarcasm is an excellent spice, but makes a poor main course.

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    • echan003
    • 19/04/2017

    Interesting and funny but, at times, repetitive

    I enjoyed the book and can understand the choice for the narrator's tone but it became repetitive listening to her snippy comments. The point I most enjoyed was when she seemed to slip out of the Victorian character to express her disgust at one of the time's leading 'scientists'.

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    • Kari M
    • 30/03/2018

    Ladies, we have it so good!

    We really have come a long way, baby! This was so interesting. While I knew life was hard back then, I didn’t know the details. So many rules! So many ridiculous rules! And the male doctors! Try not to throw a fit in disgust, lest you be labeled hysterical. Totally worth a credit.

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    • lisam5305
    • 28/03/2018

    couldn't finish it!

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    Although the narrator does a terrific job with the material, the amusing novelty of the constant "ick" factor grows tiresome after the first several chapters. I couldn't finish the book, but I did scroll through the PDF and I appreciate how well-researched it was. I am SO thankful not to have been born at that time! If, like me, you adore period films and books, this book will definitely give you a hard slap into reality. Shudder....

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    • Sarah E. Miller
    • 16/01/2018

    Hilarious and Disturbing

    Very interesting read, spares no details. Prose is a little over-the-top but lots of fun!

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    • T. Keefe
    • 02/11/2016

    Humorous, Fun and Educational

    I very much enjoyed how this book took the tone of speaking directly to a modern woman, instead of simply pumping out a multitude of facts.
    It is rare to learn and be entertained - this book accomplishes both, without talking down to you.

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    • Tammico Cubie
    • 10/12/2016

    Every woman should have this book!!

    The story and narration were both amazing. I want to have every book by her.

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    • Lady Willow
    • 15/11/2016

    So much fun!

    I will happily await her next book! The irony is biting and the research, impressive.

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    • Geldari
    • 05/06/2020

    Brilliant and informative

    Full of wit and joy. This book made me cringe at the “wisdom” of men in the 19th century. And the imagery! “Beaver tails bouncing on bellies” make me laugh so hard I almost choked to death! Definitely check this book out

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