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Title: Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century
Author: Graham Robb
Number of Pages: 342 pages
Book Number/Goal: 11/30 for 2010
My Rating: 5/5

This is a really, really excellent book about the history of queer sexuality. What I loved most about it was how thoroughly it debunks the myth that no one identified as queer before the medicalisation of homosexuality. They may not have used the same words we use today, but there were people who knew they were different, men who preferred men and women who preferred women. It wasn't solely about physical acts.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in queer history. Or, you know, really anyone at all. It was a very easy read, too. I didn't feel like I had to struggle through academic language (always a fear of mine when reading non-fiction).

[personal profile] damned_colonial has a more detailed review here.


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