(PDF/EPUB) [Dirt;: A social history as seen through the uses and abuses of dirt] ✓ Terence McLaughlin
Been meaning to read this since I first moved to Texas finally did What a book Dirt is some shit ain t it From A Reader
S JOURNAL BY D R MELBIEJournal by d r melbie book has a dry title and my copy had a cracked aging cover that would have led me to believe it was a pretty dry 1970s social history But this book was about poop and the plagueIn the nd it turns it around on us and talks about industrial pollution and consumption saying that when we laugh at the people of 1700s London who installed toilets and didn t connect them to anything to take the filth away we don t have much ground to stand onAnyway I liked it A thoroughly ntertaining and informative xpose about verything you wanted to know about any foul or filthy substance. Dirt like beauty is in the ye of the beholder It is Terence McLaughlin suggests vidence of the imperfections of life a constant reminder of change and decay It is the dark side of all human activities human because is only in our judgements that things are dirty; ther no such material as absolute dirt Dir. Vels with absolutely no control over bodily Functions Was Straight Of Dante And was straight out of Dante and fact that Big Business wanted coal shipments to continue regardless the loss of life sounds amazingly Twenty First CenturyAnd I don t think I will ver be able to see a painting of an A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, elegant 17th or 18th century aristocrat in anlaborate wig and refined clothing without remembering passages in the book that inform us that the wigs were most likely infested with lice and the sophisticated garments were never washed The book is not an The Shadow Reader easy read and has the feel of a college text yet the meticulous descriptions of sanitary conditions of ages past are truly revelatory And it s really amazing that anyone could have lived through this. Ive begins with the Romans' answer to body odor baths and thearly Christians' rejection of Roman values including cleanliness Following mankind down the dusty ROAD TO CIVILIZATION THE AUTHOR LEAVES US WHERE WE to civilization the author leaves us where we now surrounded by what all seem to agree is dirty air dirty water dirty landscapes and dirty citie.
characters Dirt;: A social history as seen through the uses and abuses of dirtSuch as mud grime dust or Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies excrement in Britain down through the ages However I definitely would not recommendating while reading any part of this book because the descriptions of what conditions were like in the United Kingdom several centuries ago are so realistic you can almost smell the graphic narration There was no concern for sanitation whatsoever and any care for air and water uality did not xist and the book shows how the politics and culture "of the age allowed this to occurthe section "the age allowed this to occurThe section England s first cholera pidemic of 1831 1832 is specially horrifying and the coverup by the authorities to keep the port city of Bradford open is beyond the pale to keep the port city of Bradford open is beyond the pale descriptions of people crammed together in filthy ho. T comes in legion shapes colors smells and textures Even fascinating than the phenomenon of dirt itself however is the variety of people's attitudes toward it One man's dirt is another man's garden Terence McLaughlin's delightful study of dirt covers much cultivated and uncultivated ground The historical perspect. .