Monday, July 2, 2012
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale
Bloomsbury USA, 2012
(read in May)
Set in the Victorian era, Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace is an interesting look at how one woman's diary caused her to fall from a good social position to having absolutely nothing after her husband used her florid journal writing as proof of adultery during his case for divorce. The diary, the ensuing trial and Isabella's inner turmoil are discussed in depth, as are changes in Victorian England that are starting to challenge the period's status quo. The book is also filled with details that fill in what's going on outside of Isabella's life and her trial. It's a good read, but sometimes the details are a bit too thick when you want to get back to the meat of the book and the author's analysis. Overall, the book is a good read, although it can get a little tedious with so much detail, and you can find my review here.