Even I - some years your junior - can feel that way.
I knew people born in the 19th century. I knew people who were Jewish boat refugees to Sweden during the occupation of Denmark in WWII. I remember all these things by proxy, simply because somebody bothered to tell me about their lives - and I bothered to listen.
Perhaps some day I'll tell somebody about what it was like living in the 20th century - and that knowledge might be carried into the 22nd century! Imagine that...
My maternal grandmother- born into an artistic family on the Isle of Wight and trained as a wood carver- grew up in an atmosphere of mild bohemianism leavened with right-thinking Quakerism. My paternal grandmother was the daughter of a provincial haberdasher- the world of Kipps. My paternal grandfather grew up in a working class town on the Thames- downriver from the East End. His mother kept a boarding house...
You should read some of my mum's book reviews. She, like you, has a keen eye for anachronism.
I went to Jersey more recently than you, but long enough ago that we went on a Dan Air plane with propellers.
I believe I did the trip on a plane with propellors too but maybe I dreamed it.
Kirstie talked about visiting the tunnels the Germans built- using slave labour. I did that too. nastiest, most oppressive place I've ever been...
Oh, yes, we did that! There was a definite Atmosphere, which I rather liked while also being a bit freaked out.
Supposedly "hooker" became a word in the Civil War when a certain General Hooker brought a wagon train of comfort women with him on his campaigns.
I read that too, but also that the reference is to a district of New York City- "The Hook"- where the working girls hung out.
I know exactly how you feel.
It's not a bad novel, but...
All too many writers of historical novels simply cannot place themselves in the given time frame and in the heads of its people.
My seventeenth century is somewhere I couldn't bear to read as a novel setting.
It's very hard- almost impossible I think- to put aside all one knows or thinks one knows- and enter into the mindset of an earlier age.
It is, but I think I come close with the 17th century after all these years.
the author of that book didn't do their research - and unfortunately there will be few people who notice the disconnect. I didn't know about the domestic servant thing!
She's read up about 19th century medicine and 19th century feminism- but there are all sorts of things- to do with class and language and social attitudes that she just hasn't looked at.
That kind of thing always grates on me. It's like...here I am lost in this lovely world of whatever and then....a remark that wouldn't be made is made and I am jolted back.
Just one example: a lady's companion asks a Liberal politician of whom she disapproves if Mr Gladstone is still "consorting with hookers."
Yeah, that jumps out like neon.
I can't count the number of historicals--not all mystery or romance--in which a character uses some variation of the phrase "I'll be there for you." Sigh.