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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
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Aug 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-shelf, fiction
Read from August 19 to 23, 2011

∝δ∝δ∝δ∝δ∝• LABYRINTH OF DECEIT •∝δ∝δ∝δ∝δ∝

In a time, when morals were held too high and women's value considered too low was a society dominated by men and ruled by the tight grip of their patriarchal control.

Two young women, two mothers, two houses and a madhouse got caught in its intricate web of scandal that spun one secretly kept deception, surreptitiously hiding the truth. It interlocked their lives in a multilayered labyrinth of secrets, creating a farcical reality that spawned lies, treacheries and betrayals, leading to the tragic, untimely call of death that finally unleashed the spectre of the truth from the ghost of the past, enabling love to sprout from the villainy of deceit.

It is about the emergence of a hidden passion amidst the ambivalence of pretension gripped by the thorny strings of betrayal...

Fingersmith showcases Sara Waters masterful storytelling as she delves further into the secretive heart of the human consciousness, plunging into its abysmal depths, as she unravels the hidden intention screened from view, ironically blending crime, lust and lesbian love right into the constraint spherical world of patriarchal control.

Alluded Definitions

By definition, Fingersmith means a petty thief. It is a literal allusion to Sue Trinder, the novel's heroine, left orphaned by her "murderess" of a mother, grew up in the dark alleys in London under the influence of her adoptive family's thieving business. Paradoxically, it also refers to the character of Maud Lilly, who lives in confinement, imprisoned in the seclusion of her uncle's dilapidated house, whose dexterous pale ivory hands, often covered in white gloves learn the art of lust and passion from the house that keeps its secret well guarded in its shabby enclosure.

In the vein of pornographic slang, it could also mean female masturbation as finger represents a phallus in sex between women, clearly symbolizing lesbianism, as it appears as a blatant allusion to the intimate, mutual passion shared by the two girls.

Lastly, Fingersmith remains faithful to the intertwined tales of the two. In its multilayered thematic elements, the title also alludes to the inception of deceit inflicted in the lives of Sue and Maud which Waters insidiously unravels as they recapture their stolen lives in the heat of their mutual embrace.

The Undulating Flow

The intricately woven plot within a plot shows Sara Waters craftiness as a novelist. It amplifies her similitude in style, by its twists and turns, with the works of Charles Dickens, a prolific writer known for his cliffhangers born out to capture an audience for his serialization. Waters seizes this same ability to hypnotize and capture the reader's imagination, as the undulating flow of her narrative and its recurrent curvature, allows the whole scope of the story to be hidden, keeping the reader glued to the pages in its entirety.

At the same time, adding her own lustrous flavor in her style with a sharp tinge of erotica which Dickens could not possibly do during his time, enabling the momentum of the novel to build up at the right moment with a rising piquancy of passion, demonstrating her utter knack to place each piece of the puzzle in its rightful niche at a perfect time. 佛月球 Будда Луны
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“We have a name for your disease. We call it a hyper-aesthetic one. You have been encouraged to over-indulge yourself in literature; and have inflamed your organs of fancy.”
Sarah Waters, Fingersmith

Reading Progress

08/20 page 84
14.0% "With a dead mother hanged as a murderess, Sue Trinder grew up in the dark alleys in London, right in the pit of the underground world where the thieving business thrives. On which a life of debauchery is considered a normalcy and morality as the aberration of nature itself. Exposed in such depravity, the plot thickens, as she marches on towards her destiny, sealing her fate as she claims her ill gotten fortune..."
08/21 page 209
35.0% "Imprisoned within the dilapidated walls of the Briar House in sheer seclusion, the innocent looking Maud Lilly learns to veil her mind as the white gloves on her hands shroud her pale ivory skin, protecting her intention from view, as the fog immerses the house in the thick mist. As Sue's fortune takes her within these isolated walls of secrecy, their hidden lives become intertwined in a feverish foreplay of deceit."
08/22 page 339
57.0% "What you think is real, is not always what it seems, as the grain of truth can often lurk beneath the deepest bowels of human intention hidden in the spoken words as it conceals the unspoken desires of the human heart, staining reality with the grim shadow of deceit. This mortal weakness is what Sara Waters replicates in her deceptively drawn narrative as she uncovers deceit from the dark regions of the human soul."
08/23 page 475
80.0% "The undulation in the narrative surreptitiously hides the treacherous scheme in full view, but starts to straighten out at this point as it opens widely in the light of day, loosening the tightly drawn knots of the plot as the secret within a secret is treacherously revealed, yet the final outcome still appears well guarded by the shadow of ambiguity, as it covers their fates in terrible uncertainty..."
04/07 marked as: read

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