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Fingersmith (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Sarah Waters (Author)

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Title:Fingersmith
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Info:Riverhead Books (2002), Edition: 1st, 582 pages
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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (2002)

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An interesting book but slightly long. The characters were interesting and the situations unusual ( )
  shazjhb | Jun 1, 2019 |
It's... ok. All credit to Sarah Waters for writing a Victorian con artist story with a lesbian romance. But the story moves slowly, taking its time on parts that don't really have much significance to the overall plot (there's an awful lot of time spent in the insane asylum) and quickly skimming past the good bits (Sue and Maud somehow spend the majority of the book not in the same room).

Also, that plot twist is so unholy convoluted I refuse to believe there wasn't a much simpler solution. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
I enjoyed this big pageturning historical novel of thieves and madhouses and obsessed aristocrats, with its melodrama and its over the top plot twists.

For famous lesbian erotica, there's not actually a lot of hot girl-on-girl action. In fact, if you were writing anything other than a Romance, I'd have deep worries that the protagonists spend the entire novel keeping big secrets from each other, and there's no real guarantee that they're going to be on a firm foundation for a happy long term relationship. But that's not really the point, is it? They love each other, Terrible Things happen, and then finally, the Terrible Things are over, and tremblingly they find each other again, and admit how they feel, and ... curtain down, happy ever after.

Also recommended if you like Terrible Things, like victorian children abused by stern uncles, madhouses where they strap you to a board and repeatedly plunge you into a cold bath, hangings, friendless women running around London in silk slippers until their feet bleed, coats made from dog skin, etc.

I enjoyed this a lot, although my cover was all 'short listed for the Man Booker Prize', which I thought meant Literature, and it was much more like a Penny Dreadful than To The Lighthouse! ( )
  atreic | May 19, 2019 |
Enjoyed it very much! ( )
  gayjeg | Apr 25, 2019 |
The author has been compared favorably to Dickens and if you enjoy that type of immersive atmosphere this might be just the book for you. But, alas, not for me. While I enjoyed the plot twists, I was weighted down with the author's verbosity and array of unlikable characters. ( )
  MM_Jones | Mar 16, 2019 |
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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.
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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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