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30 review for Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease

  1. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    More like 2.5. Subject is interesting but the book was very repetitive and strangely laid out. It could have used better editing and 50 less or better organised pages.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I'm reasonably sure this is Day's thesis: it's formatted like one, and has the same sort of repetitive, redundant proofs that you find in every thesis because if you don't put them in, your advisor is going to ask why not and then it's a whole thing. Anyway, this one is about consumption, aka tuberculosis, its prevalence in the nineteenth century, and the effect that prevalence had on fashion, romanticism, and beauty ideals. It's very academic and it can get repetitive, but if you're interested I'm reasonably sure this is Day's thesis: it's formatted like one, and has the same sort of repetitive, redundant proofs that you find in every thesis because if you don't put them in, your advisor is going to ask why not and then it's a whole thing. Anyway, this one is about consumption, aka tuberculosis, its prevalence in the nineteenth century, and the effect that prevalence had on fashion, romanticism, and beauty ideals. It's very academic and it can get repetitive, but if you're interested in the subject, it's worth a read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jess Fowler

    This was the level of nerd I was more or less expecting. This is an essay so if you’re looking for something breezy it might not be for you, unless like me, it’s a whole mood. In terms of the writing, I would say the author could have potentially taken the time to condense some points, or use a more formal structure to keep ideas together. Many single points were backed up with multiple references that added little new light to the argument and then the point was summarised again but bringing in This was the level of nerd I was more or less expecting. This is an essay so if you’re looking for something breezy it might not be for you, unless like me, it’s a whole mood. In terms of the writing, I would say the author could have potentially taken the time to condense some points, or use a more formal structure to keep ideas together. Many single points were backed up with multiple references that added little new light to the argument and then the point was summarised again but bringing in nothing new. I just felt like there were some points that weren’t fully developed and others that were overdone. However, this was an interesting read and probably one not many people sit and read cover to cover in a hammock for fun. My main criticism could be the awkward size of the book. It was a struggle to hold open with one hand while holding a drink in the other - but again, if you’re using as a reference book or for academic research, this is unlikely to be a problem.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    Repetitive, oddly laid out. It's hard to make an argument about a progressing idea when you jump between time periods so frequently. Didn't seem the author had much to say on this otherwise interesting topic. Could've been 60 pages lighter. Repetitive, oddly laid out. It's hard to make an argument about a progressing idea when you jump between time periods so frequently. Didn't seem the author had much to say on this otherwise interesting topic. Could've been 60 pages lighter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ry

    3.5 stars rounded up. The writing isn't too bad and it's an interesting read but I think in my case it suffers from a conflict between what I wanted/expected and the book Day was actually writing. For me, this just didn't delve deep enough, the conclusions weren't taken as far as I wanted, and the scope of the topic wasn't covered widely enough. But I think that's not what Day was meaning to write? All in all, this is a short, fairly interesting read and I recommend it overall. Glad I finally ma 3.5 stars rounded up. The writing isn't too bad and it's an interesting read but I think in my case it suffers from a conflict between what I wanted/expected and the book Day was actually writing. For me, this just didn't delve deep enough, the conclusions weren't taken as far as I wanted, and the scope of the topic wasn't covered widely enough. But I think that's not what Day was meaning to write? All in all, this is a short, fairly interesting read and I recommend it overall. Glad I finally managed to get ahold of a copy after finding it impossible to do so when I'd heard about it on NPR when it'd first come out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Britt Lauren

    Great concept, but too repetitive

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sydni

    great concept and an interesting thesis, but needed an editor SO badly!!! missing full stops, weirdly placed commas, sentence fragments all over the place. really took away from the overall appeal.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Molnar

    Good, informative book. Ended up being more a social history of TB and less about fashion (only last two chapters), but I'm still good I read it. Good, informative book. Ended up being more a social history of TB and less about fashion (only last two chapters), but I'm still good I read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carol Lynn

    Well researched/footnoted. The author's conclusions are well laid out with liberal amounts of supporting qoutes included. I found this to be a relatively short and informative read. Well researched/footnoted. The author's conclusions are well laid out with liberal amounts of supporting qoutes included. I found this to be a relatively short and informative read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tam-Htab

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Baines

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vev

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dana Vogel

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin Stewart

  17. 4 out of 5

    India

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan Swartzfager

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Jönsson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fanny

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sionainn Ditto

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna Scanlon

  23. 5 out of 5

    madmadmaddy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  26. 4 out of 5

    Teri Frame

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Mackenzie

  28. 4 out of 5

    RK

  29. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Sowers

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cait

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