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This totally wonderful novel does exactly what the title says, it fingers your myth, it steals up on your soul and breathes down its neck and a shudder of pleasure is felt to the ends of all your extremities, your brain will wobble, your hair will vibrate strongly, and your eyebrows will be thrust up and down like energetic trampolining children as the intricateclockmaker plot fastens your eyes ravenously to every page draw the curtains, do not charge the mobile phone, tell your friends you have gone to Tibet for three weeks, or Saskatchewan if that's less likely to make them worry If there's an earthquake or a revolution you won't notice In that way this book is close kin to The Quincunx and The Crimson Petal and the White I want to be buried with all these three novels So, you may know it's a Modern Victorian novel, which is a minigenre I love wantof, and you may also have heard that in this particular Modern Victorian lesbians are somehow involved It is true, but what isto the point is that a completely enthralling love story is portrayed, which happens to be between two women Five stars each the size of Sirius. Wow! What a remarkably compelling and atmospheric gothic tale , A real treat for lovers of this genre or for readers who enjoy well written historical fiction with vivid and interesting characters and an errie sense of time and place This is what 5 Stars books are made of for me I loved this book and can’t believe I hadn’t read this one until now but boy was it worth waiting for Such a page turner and those twists and turns really kept me on my toes from start to finish I picked this one up by chance in a second hand book shop while on an outing one Saturday and what a great find it was just the engrossing read I needed after a bunch of 2 and 3 star books Set in London 1862, Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth grows up among petty thieves, fingersmiths under the rough but loving cars of Mrs Sucksby and her family, Sue’s fate becomes linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion and her life takes a turn that is least expected and makes for chilling reading The author creates an amazing sense of time an place here and you are drawn into the London of 1862 and at times throughout this tightly woven plot I felt myself holding my breath and wanting to skip pages just to see the characters fates as I just was that caught up in the plot There is a love story at the heart of this novel that is beautifully written and real A charming but twisted tale full of villains, intrigue and secrets This book was a lengthy read and probably could have benefited with being cut back by 100 pages and not affected the story in the least The fact that the story is told from the viewpoint of two of the characters does make it a little repetitive Having said that a terrific read that gave me so much enjoyment and if asked in 10 years time do I remember the characters fromFingersmith will say ABSOLUTELY ! YES! And that is my measure of really good book A book where the pages turn all by themselves and I highly recommend for readers who have enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale or The Silent Companions or The Woman in White This novel, for me all pastiche, pasteboard and mirrors, really irritated me principally because I could have read two good novels in the time it took me to wade through it For a start it’s way too long It’s not like Waters is serving up any profound insights into human nature or casting her eye over a wide panorama of human life It’s essentially a novel that traffics in pastiche (plagiarism?) and is built on two startling plot twists (and as such tailor made for the screen) Waters overwrites every single scene, always telling us far too much, always throwing yetwood on the fire which has the effect of continually tipping the emotional register close to melodrama Whenever a character is in the grip of an emotion it’s like an entire orchestra strikes up operatic music The dialogue is often ham Victorian slapstick (even the BBC couldn’t rectify this) She also endlessly repeats herself Doesn’t help that to enable the plot twist she has to write the entire first part again from another perspective This is often the problem with plot twists – they stifle all the blood out of the characters, they reduce characters to devices The plot of this novel straitjackets all the characters The men are pantomime villains They have no inner life Are simply wheeled on and off stage when required The women aren’t much better They have to do what the plot requires them to do There’s never a sense that their natural feeling is creating the plot Suspension of disbelief is impossible So much in this novel is preposterous that it’s as farfetched as Harry Potter except this isn’t a fantasy novel It quotes or pastiches most of popular Victorian literature Most notably The Woman in White But also, of course, Dickens and George Eliot (Casaubon, the ogre of the library, is here compiling an inventory of pornographic literature) On a good note it did make me again appreciate the brilliance of Dickens who could do great plot twists without sacrificing character development. This is a Victorian murder mystery with a lesbian romance You will probably love it, but even if you don't, it's highly unlikely you will have read anything else quite like it. This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN: 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 homeOne day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylumWith 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 reversals A tricky book to review, partly because it didn't live up to my (possibly unfairly high) hopes and partly because I'm trying to write shorter, punchier reviews, but this was almost 600 pages long I have failedGreat ExpectationsWaters is an awardwinning historical novelist, who specialises in the Victorian period (and lesbian protagonists) This book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and her PhD thesis even covers a key subject of this book.I was expecting something like the wondrous sensuality of Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White, in terms of atmosphere, writing and to some extent, content: another “dirty Dickens” Unfortunately, it fell short It’s not a bad book, but nowhere near as rich or enjoyable as I'd hoped.Literary NodsI noticed quite a few echoes of classics, and I liked all but one of these little homages That one though, is the main reason I gave this book only 3*.A fingersmith is a pickpocket, and Oliver Twist is explicitly mentioned on the first page (and a couple of times thereafter) Unsurprising but harmless.There are indirect allusions to Don Quixote, when it's suggested that too much literature might trigger madness, and a librarian is “a curator of poisons”.Jane Eyre is a clear inspiration, with a Mrs Rivers (not that there was, quite, one in JE), a magicalrealist thread tugging, almost literally, at the heart of a separated lover, and a willful child who is treated rather as Aunt Reed treated Jane.Aspects of the life of one character have eerie echoes of one in Great Expectations ((view spoiler)[raised in material comfort, but corrupted and deliberately inured to love (hide spoiler)] Pigeons and pearls Perceptions and palpability I’d explain in detail, but that would spoil all the fun Instead, as elliptically as I can, I’ll hint at their relevance with vague allusions Sue was an orphan in Victorian London, raised among thieves Despite the fact that in the hierarchy of larceny her lot were neverthan petite bourgeoisie, Sue’s existence was not as Dickensian as it might have been Baby farmer Mrs Sucksby seemed to take a particular shine to Sue, andor less raised her as her own Then came a fateful day when Sue was 17 A “gentleman” of their acquaintance called on them with an intricate plan Mr Rivers, known to them simply as Gentleman, outlined his scheme to bilk a young lady the same age as Sue out of her inheritance Maud, the young target, lived in a declining but still functioning country estate with a reclusive uncle Sue was to pose as a lady’s maid and bolster Gentleman’s case for marrying Maud Sue would then get a cut of the money So you’re pretty sure you know what I mean by pigeon, right? As for “pearl,” you might imagine those shiny white things cast among swine, or, if you know Sarah Waters and her reputation for lesbian love stories, you might picture lustrous riches incarnal terms Part of what I like about this book is that, for reasons of reversed notions, I’m forbidden to elaborate That means an easier review, benefitting you and me both.I can say that the book is broken into thirds Sue narrates the first part, Maud gets a turn to tell her side of the story in the second, and Sue takes over again at the end Keenly observed perceptions and perspectives are keys to making this work But then, things are not always as they seem As a rule, I like surprises, and Waters gives us some good ones After reaching critical mass, though, I began reading each scene suspicious ofTo be honest, it became a distraction.As for the palpability, you expect that from Victorian England, right? Mind you, we’re not talking about Mayfair here This is the seedier side, where the muck, the rough edges, and the hard feelings truly are palpable Separate from that, the rare moments of tenderness are also honestly felt As are the relationships, predicated on what each thinks she knows about the other at any given time I give Waters credit for making me think about surface relations, hidden agendas, andvisceral matters of the human heart.I suspect anyone who has read both this book as well as The Crimson Petal and the White is constitutionally incapable of avoiding comparison I know I can’t For me, Crimson Petal gets the nod in the novelaboutfascinatingwomensetinVictorianEngland runoff It’s unforgettable for its plot, characters and writing But this one shines, too The writing is vivid, the language is colorful (even in the title – fingersmith for pickpocket), the plot is engaging, and the emotions are, uh – what was that word? – oh yeah, palpable. It seems that Fingersmith is one of those books that people want to read but are not doing it for some reason I say this because I have 30 friends that added the title on their TBR shelf I was also one of them as I've bought the paperback two years ago and I only convinced myself to read it now I do not regret finally taking the plunge and I recommend my friends to go ahead and do the same because it is worth it If the size is a deterrent than I can tell you that it does not feel like a 500 pages door stopper Fingersmith is a novel that is strongly based on its plot so I will not say too much about it here Susan Tinder is an orphan raised by Ms Sucksby in Victorian London house of schemers and thieves One of the regular visitors to the house, Gentleman, makes Sue an offer she cannot refuse She is asked to help him relieve a young woman, Maud, of her fortune The young woman lives in a Gothic, secluded manor together with his strange uncle Gentleman secured a temporary job with the uncle and the plan is for Sue to become Maud’s maid, help the thief seduce the young woman into marriage and after the fortune was secured to lock her in a mental hospital Do expect some crazy plot twists, some of them quite preposterous The book is structured in three parts, the first and last one narrated from Sue’s POV and the middle one from Maud’s Sarah Waters is a wonderful storyteller and she manages to perfectly recreate the atmosphere of Victorian London There is a bit of Dickens feel to this novel which drawn me eveninto the adventures of the two young women After reading this book I feel once again grateful that I live in this era and in a country where women have equal rights The thought that women could have been sent to a mental institution by their husbands if they did not behave feels so scary and unbelievable to me I read something similar in another book so this detail was probably not part of the author’s imagination It was almost a 5 star for me but something was missing Maybe some of the plot twists were a bit inconceivable, maybe the story was a bit melodramatic Worth reading, nevertheless 4.5/5 stars I don't like to use this word but this book was definitely a mindfuck I went into it not knowing much about it other than that Sarah Waters has written it, a lot of people have recommended it and I had previously read Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters, so I wanted to readby her I LOVE that I didn't know what was coming because that made the reading experience so muchintense I was in awe at several points in the book and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was going on Sarah Waters plays with the reader and provides you with incredible plot twists, and she manages to weave it all together perfectly through small details and descriptions that are repeated during the narrative I loved it! I would like for everyone else to read this book without knowing too much about it, and therefore I'm not going to say much else But trust me when I say that this book will pull tricks on you, so if you like those kind of reading experiences you should definitely pick it up :) Holy Crackers! What a read! I felt like Alice falling down the Rabbit Hole This story hastwists and turns than a shopping cart caught in the wind in a Walmart parking lot When you commit to this one, please know that it is heavy lifting at almost 600 pages Some parts are easily predictable, while other parts leave you smarting from the surprise attack.Many others have done an excellent job in relaying the plot design here I won't go into that aside from saying that Sarah Waters has an exceptional talent of sculpting her characters befitting of the Dickens era right down to the crisp dialog I was intrigued from the start It's like throwing out the time old question of, Who are you, REALLY? Be prepared for some crazy zapped answers to that one.We have a name for your disease We call it a hyperaesthetic one You have been encouraged to overindulge yourself in literature; and have inflamed your organs of fancy You have read too much.Such was told to women of the day That quote from the book left me laughing with my head fully tilted back and thinking, dear reader, how you and I would be locked up for sure from mega hours and years of taking to the literature Maybe that is why I tend to be glassyeyed and incoherent after a blockbuster read Now there's a name for that