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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
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Mar 11, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 11 to April 03, 2012

This is a very cleverly plotted novel, a clear attempt at a modern feminist version of Dickens with a protagonist at the mercy of unscrupulous tricksters in Victorian England and an ending with an inheritance and found love. Some folk criticise it for being "dark" and it certainly is, with claustrophobic atmospheres in all three settings. But it is, I feel, meant to be dark, appropriately for a book of this period, genre and theme.

Naturally, being a Sarah Waters' book, it has its mandatory lesbian side, but there is much more too. The two points of view in the differing sections and the twists of the plot are intriguing and provide enough "hooks" for the reader to keep on reading.

It is, perhaps too long, with two or three parts [especially the beginning of Part Two] being over-written and repetitive, but I enjoyed it immensely and can recommend it highly.

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