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Fingersmith (2002)

by Sarah Waters

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6,903261998 (4.04)1 / 1127
Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, 'mother' to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond, which leads to the exposure of Gentleman's actual motives.… (more)
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    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (wonderlake, teelgee)
    teelgee: Definitely see where Sarah Waters got her inspiration!
  2. 110
    Affinity by Sarah Waters (Booksloth)
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    The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (starfishian, Booksloth, YossarianXeno)
    YossarianXeno: Both rollicking reads covering the more seedy aspects of life in 19th Century London
  4. 40
    The Passion by Jeanette Winterson (kaionvin)
  5. 62
    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Alialibobali, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These novels offer gothic suspense's classic creepy atmosphere, though with somewhat different story-lines. Fingersmith takes place in Victorian England while The Thirteenth Tale is contemporary, but both emphasize books, mysteries about birth and identity, insanity, and grand houses.… (more)
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    A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (teelgee)
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    Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (rich_as_a_queen)
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    She Rises by Kate Worsley (JoEnglish)
  9. 20
    The Observations by Jane Harris (wandering_star)
  10. 20
    The Talented Mr. Ripley / Ripley Under Ground / Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith (charlie68)
    charlie68: Also a series of stories of the anti-hero.
  11. 10
    Wildthorn by Jane Eagland (blacksylph)
  12. 10
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (themulhern)
    themulhern: Books set in an historical English and evoking the writers of that time.
  13. 10
    The Night Watch by Sarah Waters (withwill)
  14. 10
    The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell (Electablue)
  15. 10
    Summit Avenue by Mary Sharratt (Anisland)
  16. 00
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (charlie68)
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One of the very few books I did not finish. Started off okay then got bogged down and found the story and the writing style uninteresting. Admittedly, I'm also not a Dickens fan. ( )
  porte01 | Jan 25, 2021 |
I really wanted to like this one: Victorian setting, characters of various classes, connections to Holywell Street. The beginning and ending were weak, and the "twist" left unexplained. None of the characters were likable, and the POV shifted in the middle, which was somewhat of a relief since I'd tired of the POV of the first character. The love relationship was sidelined for much of the book, and forgotten completely during the madhouse portion. And it was unnecessarily long-winded -- the tale could have been told in a much shorter book. ( )
  lisahistory | Jan 20, 2021 |
I was hoping for a book similar to The Handmaiden, the movie based on it. What I got was... Very, very different: far darker and less hopeful, with much more complex and grayer characters. While the book was amazing, I really wasn't looking for what it was offering. ( )
  Dreklogar | Jan 5, 2021 |
This books was so up my alley: Victorian London, lesbians, thieves, crazy plot twists, adventure, a little sexiness, interesting and eccentric characters. Frankly, I'll read anything modern that's set in this time period; it seems to be my Achilles heel in literature. I loved this one and I can't wait to read more from Waters. Even though there was some sadness, it was mostly a lot of fun and I couldn't put it down. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
The two narrating characters--Susan and Maud--are inextricably linked in ways that become increasingly clear and complex. Written with attention to all the right details, involving every sense, using rich language, and with a gripping plot, I can't wait to read more of Sarah Waters' work. I studied the first half, looking for guidance on how she created such effective scenes. And then, I completely forgot to do so, simply caught up in the turns of events. Highly recommended. ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
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Queen Victoria, while accepting homosexuality in men, is said not to have been able to believe lesbians existed.

Sarah Waters sets out once again to prove Her Majesty wrong in her latest novel, Fingersmith, set - as her other two novels, Tipping the Velvet and Affinity - in Victorian London.

This is hardly niche writing - or even erotic fiction, although the few love scenes are tenderly drawn.

It is instead a tremendous read that draws the reader swiftly into the teeming life that thrived underneath the various repressions of the Victorian era.
let's just say that Dickens, the great performer of his own work, would surely have blushed to read it.
added by Ariane65 | editNew York times, Tom Gilling (Feb 24, 2002)

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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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Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, 'mother' to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond, which leads to the exposure of Gentleman's actual motives.

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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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