Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Below Stairs"

The subtitle on this book reads "The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired  Upstairs, Downstairs and  Downton Abbey".  Margaret Powell's account of entering service at 13 because there were too many children in the house begins this adventure.  Her Mom had been in service herself.  Similar to last week's book review, I was surprised to find how differently the houses, the rules, the expectations and the work was.  I also thought about how many times certain staff were promised something but ended up with nothing.
How different this world of the early 1900s was from the world of the early 2000s.  Attitudes and expectations along with technology brought change whether wanted or not.

A very enjoyable read.
ISBN: 978-1-250-00544-1

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