“Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era?” — No. I promise you don’t want to do that.
I picked up this book after a recommendation from The Bloggess, and we all know that The Bloggess can do no wrong. Unmentionable is a behind-the-scenes look at just about everything a woman could experience in Victorian times. It’s very funny, and full of all sorts of disgusting details that you probably (definitely) don’t need to know. For those of us (Mrs. Julian!) who agreed with me how much we love the day-to-day details of Outlander? This is the book for you.
“Remember, the center of a woman is her uterus. Her crazy, crazy uterus.”
Unmentionable begins when the author drops us in the middle of Victorian England. She give us a decent amount of money, so we see how the middle to upper-class lives with small glimpses into other stations in life. We learn how the ladies dress themselves, clean themselves (or not), how they went about communicating and having relationships with the opposite sex, and so on. No stone left unturned. If you want to know how an outhouse worked in Victorian England, this is the resource for you. The writing is hysterical. The author has a very tongue-in-cheek method of writing, and isn’t afraid to call you out as a whore for even considering making eye contact with a man. I highly recommend this to anyone with a morbid sense of humor and curiosity.