Monday, August 23, 2010

Shirley by Kaoru Mori

This manga is a collection of short stories set in Victorian England told from the point of view of maids, including the title character, Shirley. Each maid has a different view of the world and of her employers, giving this book a different feel then most Victorian stories which deal with the upper class.

Although this collection of stories feels rather fragmented at times, I highly enjoyed it. The stories are sweet and entertaining - nothing too serious. The art is simple and elegant, in keeping with the overall feel of the stories. The outfits are quite historically accurate, no corsets as outerwear or ridiculous things like that!

5 Stars

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