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Riassunto: This collection of anecdotes of assorted people and their compulsions, odd beliefs and weird habits reveals such gems as the battalion of small boys in false beards sent by the Paraguayan president to rout the Brazilian army, and Florence Nightingale's pet owl that lived in her pocket.
From Booklist: Compendiums of eccentricity are often top-heavy lurid-to-loony tales of the rich and nutty, but not Shaw's diverse and democratic addition to the ever-popular study of odd behavior. Shaw doesn't even include Bavaria's King Ludwig, of fantastic castle fame, and others "because they were . . . certifiably insane." His book "is not about madmen," he says, but "eccentrics," defined as those "unaware of how out of step . . . their behaviour is." Thus Shaw omits Salvador Dali, among other intentional eccentrics. Fortunately, he is left with enough oddballs to fill 400-plus pages. Consider the potentate who, inspired by "America's exciting new means of executing criminals," purchased an electric chair, though his country lacked electrical service. And England's King George I, who, upon first meeting a prospective daughter-in-law, lifted her skirts to verify her virginity. Besides daft royals, Shaw devotes chapters to "Religious Eccentrics," "Political Eccentrics," "Eccentric Builders," and 12 more kinds of wacko. Shaw's eminently browsable book has a little something for everyone, except those who simply cannot appreciate the bizarre. Mike Tribby
Titolo: Mammoth Book of Oddballs and Eccentrics (...
Casa editrice: Robinson Publishing
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Robinson Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used; Very Good. cover creased. . yellow pages due to age, heavy stains on sides and pages **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Codice libro della libreria 2688146
Descrizione libro Robinson Publishing 2000 Paperback, 2000. Condizione libro: Very Good. 512 pages. Codice libro della libreria 722173
Descrizione libro Robinson Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria RWARE0000032758
Descrizione libro Robinson Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P02184119073X
Descrizione libro Robinson Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 184119073X
Descrizione libro Robinson Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11184119073X