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  • Title: The Clumsiest People in Europe
  • Author: Favell Lee Mortimer Todd Pruzan
  • ISBN: 9781582345048
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover

  • A caustic, cranky, and inadvertently hilarious look at foreign countries and their customs by a Victorian woman who rarely left the house.No matter who your ancestors were, and where they had the misfortune of living, Victorian children s book writer Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer had something nasty to say about them Their faults, according to Mrs Mortimer, might have amounteA caustic, cranky, and inadvertently hilarious look at foreign countries and their customs by a Victorian woman who rarely left the house.No matter who your ancestors were, and where they had the misfortune of living, Victorian children s book writer Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer had something nasty to say about them Their faults, according to Mrs Mortimer, might have amounted to just about anything The Irish are very kind and good natured when pleased, but if affronted, are filled with rage In Italy, the people are ignorant and wicked In Sweden, Nothing useful is well doneThe carpenters and the blacksmiths are very clumsy in their work Remarkably, all of these assertions come from a woman who only twice set foot outside of her native England But lack of personal experience never kept Mrs Mortimer from dispensing her horrifying wisdom about the evils of just about every nation on earth Whether describing Europe It is dreadful to think what a number of murders are committed in Italy , Asia The religion of Taou teaches men to act like madmen , Africa The worst quality in any character is hypocrisy, and this is to be found in the Egyptian , or America New Orleans is a dangerous place to live in, both for the body and the soul , Mrs Mortimer s views are consistently appalling One hundred fifty years later, three of her forgotten classics have been compiled into one volume, The Clumsiest People in Europe, reviving the comically misinformed and startling prejudices of this unique Victorian eccentric.
    Favell Lee Mortimer Todd Pruzan
    Victorian children s writer Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer was a woman of deep piety and of even profound prejudices Born a Quaker in London in 1802, she converted to Evangelicalism at age 25 and devoted her life to the proper religious development of children, a task that involved extolling the virtues of Protestantism and denouncing as corrupt or evil every other form of faith and practice.


    Commentaires:

    Kirsti
    Mrs. Favell Lee Bevan Mortimer was a bitterly unhappy, possibly suicidal Victorian matron who never traveled anywhere--not even to Wales, although the Welsh border was nine miles from her front door. It is not certain whether by the end of her life she was insane or merely very eccentric. (Such a shame about the drowned parrot.) Naturally, she was a prolific author of history and geography textbooks for young people.Todd Pruzan was poking around a used-book sale when he found one of Mrs. Mortime [...]

    Sesana
    It's kind of fascinating to read this. Poor Mrs. Mortimer is so incredibly earnest in her complete and total lack of respect for any culture that isn't identical to her own. Is this a glimpse into the mind of the average, middle class, Victorian era Englishwoman? Her works apparently sold quite well, so maybe so. After fifty pages or so, it did start to drag. I get it, she hated every country, especially the ones she'd never seen. And it's the same thing over and over. If you believe her, nearly [...]

    Rachel
    Each country that the author covered involved a brief introduction on the current events and history. That's the only good part.Though informative, this book is heavily filled with prejudices, plain ignorance and often terribly unnecessary bias and opinionated information. Every nationality had a checklist for Mrs Mortimer:- Clean or dirty- Rich or poor- Idle or industrious- Brave or cruel- Wicked or not- Robbers or civilisedI was excited by the promising blurb: 'Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer set out [...]

    Bettie☯
    There is a long interesting intro by Todd Pruzan - he is the one that has taken these outrageous snippets from the three volume instruction, written by Mrs Mortimer.I cannot help but think the Xenophobic Guide series owes much to Mrs Mortimer.

    Wealhtheow
    As Pruzan says in his introduction, "No matter where your ancestors had the misfortune of living--no doubt smoking too much, or taking snuff, or reading useless novels--Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer had something nasty to say about them." Mrs. Mortimer had a successful, forty-year career writing Victorian children's books. Here's an example of her style from her bestselling The Peep of Day or a Series of the Earliest Religious Instruction the Infant Mind is Capable of Receiving:"God has covered your [...]

    Sarah
    There's something delightful in the uneasy mix of appalling opinions and charming writing.

    Tracey
    I picked up this travel guide/insight to Victorian culture from the local library, thanks to Inner Stickler's recommendation over at the SDMB. Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer (1802 - 1878), despite only having twice left her native England (and those trips were brief), penned multiple travel guides aimed toward children, using various (and perhaps questionable) sources. She drew on her expertise as an Evangelical/Moralist children's book author, as well as her own (and her society's) prejudices of the [...]

    Jason Mills
    Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer wrote prim, 'instructive' books for children in Victorian times. Three of her books formed a sort of guide to the world - though at the time of writing them she had only left England once, getting no further than Paris and Brussels. Consequently her perceptions are gleaned from other, unspecified sources. Todd Pruzan in 2005 gathered a selection of her commentaries into this single volume. He introduces each country with his own potted picture of its circumstances at the [...]

    Lisa
    I thought the republishing of this book was clumsy! While it was quite interesting to read the original author's vitriol -- and very entertaining in a macabre way -- the "new" author didn't seem to do much at all. The chapter introductions about each country were worthless. This was a great topic wasted. Where was the insightful commentary? The introduction was a good start but I think the author fell asleep or something.

    Kay
    In the vein of Daisy Ashford's The Young Visiters, here is an unintentional Victorian gem. Mrs. Mortimer, who has a (usually negative) opinion about everything she encounters while traveling on the Continent is hugely funny to read, along with Pruzon's comments, in our "enlightened" age. How someone so bad tempered can be so funny is the chief charm of this droll book.

    Tamara Rose
    Antique xenophobia from an armchair world traveler. Misanthropy was never more hilarious.

    Leah Lucci
    This book is a collection of English travel guides, written in around 1855, by a wonderfully judgy bitch named Mrs Mortimer. No country emerges unscathed. Some of her criticisms echo stereotypes that we're familiar with: "The most striking features in the character of the [Native American] Indian are BRAVERY and CRUELTY. The children are encouraged to torment animals. The mother smiles to see her little ones tearing little birds to pieces." "Though Mexico [City] is so beautiful at a distance, th [...]

    Ashley Lambert-Maberly
    Absolutely hilarious, because it's true (not that people are clumsy, but that someone actually wrote this god-awful book in all seriousness). It's not mediocre and bland bad writing, it's truly jaw-dropping I-can't-believe-it demented prose.A good illustration of the old adage "if you can't say anything nice, write a travel guide."

    Christopher Roth
    A dizzyingly misanthropic tour of the world by a bitter, sexually frustrated, angry, bigoted Victorian woman who never left Great Britain, written for children but with adult levels of intolerance and vitriol. Mortimer is the epitome of the "wogs begin at Calais" Weltanschauung, with a more than medium dose of apopleptic anti-Papism, the result being a text of high comedic and camp value. The editor provides a useful, entertaining, and well-researched introduction. I wish that this had been a co [...]

    Nostalgia Reader
    This is essentially an edited and snipped version of Mrs. Mortimer's original travel guides. Pruzan's introduction was amusing and certainly sets the tone for the book, but the rest of it is all Mrs. Mortimer's proper, Protestant, incredibly cynical "guide" to the countries and continents of the world. As is expected from a lady of the time (England, mid-1800s), she had never actually travelled the world, instead compiling most of her information from other (many outdated) travel guides, encyclo [...]

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer wrote Sunday school tracts for young children in mid-19th century England. She traveled abroad but twice in her life: once to Brussels and Paris, and once to Edinburgh. However, that did not stop her from writing children's geography books that covered the world, according to her world view. On the Italians: " What sort of people live in Italy? They are very dark, because the sun shines so much. They have dark hair and eyes,--not those bright, merry black eyes you see in [...]

    Thomas Hale
    A collection of passages from the titular Mrs Mortimer's geography books, aimed at children, from the mid-19th Century. Famously (as the book's lengthy and interesting introduction tells us) she only left England twice in her life, and cobled together her opinions on the outside world from books, journals and popular hearsay. As a result, what the reader gets is a breezy tour of the globe through the eyes of a grouchy and virulently Protestant middle-aged English woman, with all the xenophobia, [...]

    Zachary Rawlins
    This was a fun little discount read. A well-organized collection of the writings of the utterly bizarre Mrs. Mortimer - a Victorian lady from England who, though she never traveled, wrote extensively on travel, foreign countries and people. And how much she hated them. And how dirty they were.Which is striking, because she never even went to Wales, a few miles from her home. Aside from a childhood visit to Belgium and a short term to Edinburgh, the woman hardly left her house. Oh, and she also w [...]

    Bookfanatic
    This travel book is quite amusing and entertaining though it was not written to be comedic. Mrs. Mortimer's Victorian pronouncements are so absurd and inaccurate that we in the modern era can only laugh at what she has to say. No country mentioned in the book escapes her poison. She has something to say about each country's level of cleanliness, its work ethic, its morality, its attractiveness, its children, etc. What's most remarkable is she writes with such conviction about places she hasn't v [...]

    Vee
    This is one of the more amusing books to give to your friends - especially if they happen to be from anywhere other than Britain. It is in the tradition of a number of books that have kernels of truth and even larger nuggets of popularly held beliefs about "Johnny Foreigner"The description of Swedish Character is wonderfully illuminating: "Almost everyone can read. In every little town there is a bookseller'sop, and sometimes there are more booksellers than butchers. It is never so in America. Y [...]

    Lrosenow
    Charming introduction given by the book's editor/discoverer to this unintentionally amusing travel guide written by a Victorian curmudgeon, who, it turns out, left her native England only twice, making it as far as Brussels, Paris, and Edinburgh. This, however, did not prevent her from sharing her views of other places, including, for example, Turkey: p.85: "This land is very differnet from all the other countries in Europe-and this is the reason: it has a different religion. All the other count [...]

    Celia Yost
    Probably the judgiest travel guide ever written, by a woman living in 1840s England. Parts are funny, especially Mrs. Mortimer's conviction that every other place in the world is full of murders and robbers (she never actually traveled to any of the places she wrote about). Also, a fascinating/horrifying look into English Victorian mindset into all the ways other countries/peoples were inferior and just really needed a WASP to show them the error of their ways. As a bonus, it's written for child [...]

    Ash
    I recently finished The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World edited by Todd Pruzan. The book is a collection of "travel writing" by Mrs. Mortimer, a crotchety Victorian woman. She was able to cover the entire world even though she only traveled outside of England twice. HmmmI really shouldn't have laughed at several of the sections, but I could not help it. The table of contents is even titled by snarkiest comment she makes about each country. [...]

    Isabel
    Finished. In the mid 19th century Mrs. Mortimer was apparently a widely known author of both children's books and also books about foreign countries and their people. This small volume is a short version of the three books she wrote about those countries. Mrs. Mortimer was a very religious woman who had only set foot twice outside of England, once to Italy (I think) and once to Scottland but who felt to be expert enough to judge other peoples. Veryracist in today's terms.And while it was funny i [...]

    Jen
    維多利亞時代的英國童書作家Mrs Mortimer一生只去過布魯塞爾、巴黎、愛丁堡三處旅遊,卻寫了三本介紹世界各國風土民情的地理書。這些書絕版多年後,被 Todd Pruzan 發現,稍微編輯和加入插圖及簡單說明後重新出版,變成了這本書。相隔了150年,原先嚴肅、no-nonsense的地理書現在讀起來不可思議地好笑。 "The Greeks do not bear their troubles well; when they are unhappy, the scream like babies." "The [...]

    Bronwen
    An unintentionally funny book written by a racist loon in the 19th century. Meant to be a travelogue of sorts but the writer never actually left her English home. Nonetheless, she felt free to describe the citizens of other countries in great detail - how filthy their homes were, how dim the men are, and *shock horror* how Catholic they were. Modern sensibilities will allow this book to be seen as nothing but hilarious and offensive but it is also sad. The writer really felt that she was doing a [...]

    Cheryl
    I could not resist this book after reading the flyleaf. Poor Mrs. Mortimer truly had a low opinion of humanity, and I am sure that she was pleased to die and go to what she believed was a better place. Reading her descriptions of populations around the world (none of which she personally experienced!) alternately made me gasp in horror and laugh aloud. The truly sad thing, however, is how many of the stereotypes that she cites persist in this day and age - showing that maybe we aren't much more [...]

    Samantha
    It was okay, kinda repetitive. I'm not one to enjoy straight up history books, as I prefer more historical fiction. It was interesting to read how England viewed the outside world, especially while finding something negative to say about literally every country discussed. All and all, I might have enjoyed this a little bit more if I wasn't in such a time crunch to finish it and would probably recommend to those interested in the Victorian world.

    Heather
    Mrs. Mortimer must have been one of the crankiest women in Europe and vented her ill tempered beliefs about other countries in this unearthed Victorian relic. Mrs. Mortimer apparently didn't get out much, but that doesn't stop her from having something bad to say about every country known at the time. With unwavering confidence she systematically points out the dirty, immoral and ungodly in a bevy of different places.

    Erika_kartmann
    Frau Mortimer beschreibt in der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts die Geografie, Sitten und Gebräuche und Sehenswürdigkeiten von Ländern, in denen sie niemals gewesen ist.Alle, ausnahmslos alle Länder kommen dabei äußerst schlecht weg und für mich blieb nur das Vergnügen übrig. Ja, ich gebe es zu: Ich habe mehr als einmal herzlich gelacht. Manches Mal blieb mir das Lachen auch im Halse stecken, manchmal traute ich mich nur, ein wenig zu grinsen.

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