Englishwoman in America

  • Title: Englishwoman in America
  • Author: Isabella L. Bird
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Englishwoman in America In Isabella Bird published The Englishwoman in America the first of what would be many books of her travels around the world Adopting a tone of aloof bemusement she describes in detail the har
    In 1856, Isabella Bird published The Englishwoman in America, the first of what would be many books of her travels around the world Adopting a tone of aloof bemusement, she describes in detail the hardships and annoyances of her travels by sea from England to Halifax, and on the road to Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago The book s 20 chapters are full of keenly observed anIn 1856, Isabella Bird published The Englishwoman in America, the first of what would be many books of her travels around the world Adopting a tone of aloof bemusement, she describes in detail the hardships and annoyances of her travels by sea from England to Halifax, and on the road to Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago The book s 20 chapters are full of keenly observed and entertainingly told stories of pickpockets and luggage thieves, greasy hotels, and Americans who are very polite, but have the unfortunate habit of spitting on the floor Bird admits to sharing the regrettably prejudiced view the English have of America, but nevertheless finds much to like and admire in this new country bustling with ethnically diverse immigrants full of energy and bravado The Englishwoman in America is a wonderful travelogue that offers a lively and personal glimpse into mid nineteenth century America.

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    About Isabella L. Bird


    1. Isabella Lucy Bird October 15, 1831 October 7, 1904 was a nineteenth century English traveller, writer, and a natural historian.Works The Englishwoman in America 1856 Pen and Pencil Sketches Among The Outer Hebrides published in The Leisure Hour 1866 The Hawaiian Archipelago 1875 The Two Atlantics published in The Leisure Hour 1876 Australia Felix Impressions of Victoria and Melbourne published in The Leisure Hour 1877 A Lady s Life in the Rocky Mountains 1879 Unbeaten Tracks in Japan 1880 Sketches In The Malay Peninsula published in The Leisure Hour 1883 The Golden Chersonese and the way Thither 1883 A Pilgrimage To Sinai published in The Leisure Hour 1886 Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan 1891 Among the Tibetans 1894 Korea and her Neighbours 1898 The Yangtze Valley and Beyond 1899 Chinese Pictures 1900 Notes on Morocco published in the Monthly Review 1901


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    1. This book reads like a Christmas family update letter from a distant relative. There are attempts at pithy observation and profundity that come off as sincere, but a bit banal. There are turns of phrase that I can imagine being spoken with that slight hint of self-assessed cleverness that some people exhibit, when talking about themselves in a breathless manner, looking for the approval that affirms just how marvelous they are. And yet, the book has value as a personal view of life in North Amer [...]

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    2. What I like the most about the books of Isabella L. Bird is the candor and the honesty in which she describes pretty much everything around her. I don't know whether she really meant her memoirs to be read only by some people she was requested to write by, or whether this was just some kind of "publishing escamotage". Anyway, she narrates in accordance to her cultural (British, educated) and religious (Anglican, I think) views, and doesn't give a second thought about saying that someone she enco [...]

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    3. Did you ever wonder what life was like in America pre-civil war? Isabella Bird is a young Englishwoman traveling in the north-eastern United States and Canada in the 1850s. The book is packed with information - every detail of life, traveling, education, industry, medicine, shopping, entertainment, etc. It is written almost textbook style - no character development - she barely mentions traveling companions - but her opinion is in every page. There is nothing politically correct about her, but i [...]

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    4. The book offers the perspective of North America from--just what the titles says--an Englishwoman, and her observations are very interesting with its comparisons to her own Britain as well as revealing of her own background and class consciousness. After a while, it did become rather wearisome with her parallels between the two countries and moralizing. It was written in the 1850s, but offers a glimpse into a time and place.

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    5. Miss Bird has a pleasant style. However, it is important to remember the time in which she wrote. What is interesting about observers from the past like MissBird and Tocqueville, is that America hasn't changed much. We will always be the people pushed out of decent society. This is our glory.

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    6. 1854 bears resemblance to 2017!A fascinating look into the mid 19th century in the States and Colonies (Canada.) Our pride of country, xenophobia, partisan politics, and immersion in news (fake and otherwise) have been with us since the beginning it seems.

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    7. About Canada as well and the east and mid0east states.

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    8. Didn't enjoy this one as much as Rocky Mountains.

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    9. What a wonderfully written book! Author Isabella L. Bird gives such exact and beautiful descriptions of what she sees, all you need do is close your eyes and the images appear. Made me feel as though I was her traveling companion.:-) I wish . If you enjoy historic nonfiction you'll enjoy this well written tale of travel (in the 1850's). Written with a direct flow, no holding back about what she thinks about things. Whether you agree with her musings or not, this book is definitely worth reading. [...]

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    10. Miss Bird traveled through eastern Canada and the United States as a young twenty-something woman in 1854. She wrote extensive observations on society, Atlantic steam-ship travel, hotels, politics, religion, the scenery, and every other thing that caught her eye or engaged her thinking. Her observations are candid and definitely not what we would call politically correct. An interesting look at pre-Civil War America.

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