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Affinity by Sarah Waters
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Jan 14, 12

bookshelves: 2012-reads, historicalfiction
Read from January 11 to 14, 2012

It took me a while to really enjoy Affinity. I think Sarah Waters is my favorite contemporary writer, so I was shocked that I wasn't enjoying this one as much as her other works.

Then, I realized that I was reading a few pages here and there and not devoting my entire reading attention to the book. So, I changed my course of action and was blown away by the awesomeness that is Affinity.

This book is impeccably written. The Victorian setting and spiritualism were well researched, as I've come to expect from all of her novels. It contains some of the most beautiful language I've ever read (“Why do gentlemen's voices carry so clearly, when women's are so easily stifled?”). The plot had me thinking I knew what was going on until I was suddenly ripped out of my comfort zone and forced to travel on a darker, more treacherous path (something I also loved about Fingersmith). The ending left me heartbroken and devastated, but I truly loved every word of it.

I'm anxiously awaiting Waters' next novel, which will be set in the 1920s.
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