Daily Archives: October 28, 2017

Adventures of American Girl in Victorian London by Elizabeth L. Banks

Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian LondonAdventures of an American Girl in Victorian London by Elizabeth L. Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If this book had been written in an armchair perspective of a priggish journalist who would only report by hearsay or with cavalier attitude toward working class, then I would not have even bothered to pick it up in the first place. What attracted me to this book was an excerpt bespeaking the author’s telltale recounting of the story as an ambitious, enterprising journalist who dared to work undercover as a domestic maid and a laundry worker in Victorian London during which the social conditions of the working class, not to speak of women’s social positions, plummeted to a dismal low as the rise and the prosperity of the bourgeoisie was skyrocketed especially in London. Although Ms. Bank’s motivation of writing this book arose from her achievement of journalistic ambition, her candor, analytical mind, and diligence should be esteemed highly in the discourse of her artless recounting of working experience. In fact, this book itself is a valuable historical and anthropological record of social conditions and cultural aspects of the 19th century London., guiding readers to her veni, vidi vici adventure thereof.

The Mini-Atlas of Dog Breeds by Andrew De Prisco

Title: The Mini-Atlas of Dog BreedsTitle: The Mini-Atlas of Dog Breeds by Andrew De Prisco

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has become one of my most treasured belongings. It encompasses not only the information on each different breed of dogs in the world but also the origins and the historical backgrounds thereof with adorable photos. Also, this mini atlas of dogs has taught me about 10 groups of the canine, such as Sight Hounds, Mastiffs, Nordic Dogs, Guns Hounds, Flock Hounds, Herding Hounds, Toys, Terriers, Scent Hounds, and Pariahs. Although it was published in the 1990s, it will not prevent you from being acquainted with the world of the canine with the extensive provision of the knowledge on dog breeds, not to speak of the excellent writing style that is at once so elegant and amusing.