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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Sarah Waters

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Authors:Sarah Waters
Info:Riverhead Trade (2002), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 582 pages
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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (2002)

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An odd little Gothic historical fiction... Tragic, and I haven't decided whether it was sexy or not. I didn't love it but couldn't stop reading. Convoluted story. ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
An odd little Gothic historical fiction... Tragic, and I haven't decided whether it was sexy or not. I didn't love it but couldn't stop reading. Convoluted story. ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
An odd little Gothic historical fiction... Tragic, and I haven't decided whether it was sexy or not. I didn't love it but couldn't stop reading. Convoluted story. ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
An odd little Gothic historical fiction... Tragic, and I haven't decided whether it was sexy or not. I didn't love it but couldn't stop reading. Convoluted story. ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Fingersmith is a Dickensian tale that Charles surely never imagined, and certainly could not put to paper and publish even if he had. Its as if Sarah Waters is filling in blanks - lesbian lacunas -- that Dickens and others necessarily skipped in their tales of orphans, thieves, and skanky characters from all social classes in the 1800's. Tipping The Velvet & Affinity have little in common with Fingersmith except the historical period, and heroines who discover the joys of womanly companionship.

In each of the three books, Waters always does a fantastic job of scene setting, and subculture description. Affinity is memorable not only for the the Millbank women's prison, but also for the spiritualist subculture, excellent evil characters, and good/evil reversals of fortune. Besides being decent historical fiction, Tipping The Velvet is excellent erotic writing. Vividly set in the late 19th century UK, our heroine Nan, leaves her loving family in a seaside town for greater love and adventure in the big city. Nan goes through three phases: Normal, Weird, and Settled, which are like Dickens stage sets that describe particular social classes and subcultures.

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Abrams, ErikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My name, in those days, was Susan Trinder.
"You've heard, perhaps, of my Index? ... Has there ever been its like? A universal bibliography, and on such a theme? They say the science is a dead one amongst Englishmen. ... Fantastic, when one knows the degrees of obscurity in which my subject is shrouded. ... the authors of the texts I collect must cloak their identity in deception and anonymity. The texts themselves are stamped with every kind of false and misleading detail as to place and date of publication and impress. They are burdened with obscure titles. They must pass darkly, via secret channels, or on the wings of rumour and supposition. Consider those checks to the bibliographer's progress. Then speak to me, sir, of fantastic labour!" ... "And the Index is organized --?" "By title, by name, by date when we have it; and, mark this, sir; by species of pleasure. We have them tabled, most precisely."
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"London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves -- fingersmiths -- under the rough but loving care of Mrs. Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

From the celebrated author of Tipping the Velvet and Affinity-- a modern-day Charles Dickens or Wilkie Collins -- comes an extraordinary, ingenious tale of fraud, insanity and secrets."
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"Mrs Sucksby was a devil with her dander up."  (lizchris)

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Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer," who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby's household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves-fingersmiths-for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home. One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives-Gentleman, a somewhat elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a nave gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud's vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be left to live out her days in a mental hospital. With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways . . . . But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and surprises. --Publisher.… (more)

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