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Sue Trinder, una joven huérfana de diecisiete años que vive en el Londres más salvaje, protegida por la señora Sucksby, la gran «madre» de una dickensiana comunidad de delincuentes, es enviada a una mansión en el campo como doncella de la joven Maud Lilly. Pero Sue va con una misión: ayudar a Richard Rivers, Caballero, un aristócrata desclasado, quien planea casarse con Ma ...more
Paperback, 617 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Anagrama (first published 2002)
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Susan Well, the cynical answer to your first question is that Waters had done a ton of research about Victorian madhouses, and had to put one of her…moreWell, the cynical answer to your first question is that Waters had done a ton of research about Victorian madhouses, and had to put one of her characters into one in order to use thatinformation. The serious answer is that Mrs. Sucksby had always planned to get Susan's share of the inheritance away from her, and where better to stash her than in a place where she was legally as good as dead? Of course I have to wonder, wouldn't the cost of keeping her there eat up her share of the inheritance anyway?

2nd question: no, Mrs. Sucksby never had any feelings for Susan's mother, she was always interested in only two things. One was her own daughter and the other was the cash. She took in unwed mothers for cash, sold their babies for cash, and hit the mother-load with Susan's inheritance. She always treated Susan like a precious possession, which she was, and Sue, not knowing better, mistook that for unconditional love.(less)

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karen
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: michelle and dana
lesbian dickens!

now that i have your attention... dana has been bugging me to write a review of this for the longest time, and now that she is on vacation and out of my path for ten minutes (seriously - the girl moved to my town just so she could stand under my window all night calling "hey!! heyyy!! write a review for fingersmith! come on, you know you want to!!")

every night.

so, now that i have a little breathing room, i will do my best.

it's true, i want her to read this. i want everyone to re
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Paul Bryant
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 intricate-clockmaker plot fastens your eyes ravenously to every page - draw the curtains, do not charge the mobile phone, tell your friends you h ...more
Violet wells
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 overwrite
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Steve
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 never more than 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, and more or less rai ...more
Emily May
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Adina
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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+ ...more
Cecily
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 failed...

Great Expectations

Waters is an award-winning 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 l
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Limonessa
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I have to admit that throughout almost all of Fingersmith the main random thoughts sweeping across the desolate land of my mind were along the lines of: WTF? WHAT? WHAT DID JUST HAPPEN?

This is an intricate, ambitious, original, jaw-dropping, gut-punching, heart-wrenching plot for which I will NOT give you a synopsis. First, because I wouldn't know where to start from and second because it's better for you if you know NOTHING about it. Then you'll have my same random thoughts, as stated above.

I'
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Candise
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend knocked on my door one evening and I answered, looking disheveled and I think a bit frightened. She asked me what was wrong, if she had interrupted something. I said no, that I had just been reading Fingersmith and I was really stressed out because now I had to leave the house and didn't know what was going to happen next. And that is basically how this book took over my life (in a good way).

Sue is an orphan who lives in London in a house of petty thieves. A con man known as Gentleman c
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Linda
Holy Crackers! What a read! I felt like Alice falling down the Rabbit Hole. This story has more twists 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
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Tatiana
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Tommy Tomato
Shelves: historical, 1001, booker, 2011
As seen on The Readventurer

Fingersmith packs quite a few twists and surprises.

At first, after reading the book's plot summary, I expected it to be a rompish, Les Liaisons Dangereuses-like adventure. 17-year old Susan Trinder, a foster kid in a family of fingersmiths (thieves), is recruited to act as a lady's maid to equally young and wealthy Maud Lilly. Susan's role in the devious scheme is to gently push this naive and simple-minded girl into the arms of Mr. Rivers, strip Ms. Lilly of her inher
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Britany
My oh my- take me back to the beginning of the century! This book was simply delightful and hard to set down.

Susan Trinder is orphaned into a home for thieves, pickpockets if you will, AKA fingersmiths! She is raised poor and learns to steal, cheat, and lie her way through life with her pals- Mr Ibbs (an olden day pawn shop owner), Gentlemen, and of course who could forget Mrs. Sucksby? The mama bear of the house. Susan turns 17 and Gentlemen has come up with the con to end all cons-- taking ad
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Madeline
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
“I have some knowledge of the time that may be misspent, clinging to fictions and supposing them truths.”

Sue Trinder is an orphan living a Dickensian-like life in 19th century London - her mother was hanged as a murderer when Sue was a baby, leaving Sue to be raised by Mrs. Sucksby in a "baby farm" in the slums of London. Sue grows up surrounded by thieves and pickpockets ("fingersmiths"), learning to counterfeit coins and commit petty crimes, and then one day she's offered a chance at a much bi
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Wendy Darling
Reread December 2016 after seeing THE HANDMAIDEN.

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A superbly written novel, full of great twists and turns. You may be able to guess some of what's going on, but the author will still surprise you with daring prose and unexpected red herrings. If you've never read the author before (as I had not) I'd recommend not reading ANY reviews about the book, not even the Amazon general description. The book jacket and this http://orangeprizeproject.blogspot.co... should whet your appetite en
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helen the bookowl
4.5/5 stars.
I don't like to use this word but this book was definitely a "mind-fuck". 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 read more by her.
I LOVE that I didn't know what was coming because that made the reading experience so much more intense. I was in awe at several points in the book and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out
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Catie
This book is like the most filling and nutritional junk food meal I’ve ever eaten. It has so many of the hallmarks of fluffy escapist literature: breathless action, turns of fate that are positively Dickensian, romance, family drama worthy of daytime television…not to mention an ending that I would probably accuse of being “too neat” in any other novel. But here…the emotions and characters just feel so heartbreakingly honest and real. Not to mention, any ending that harkens to one of my favorite ...more
Adam
Jun 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like lesbian sex
Boring. Just boring. Painfully painfully boring. Are you willing to slough through 592 pages of wanna-be Victorian writing for a couple of plot twists and lesbian sex scenes?

Half the damn book was Waters narrating in excruciating detail who blushed when. Or, as she puts it, whose "face coloured" when. Note the 'u' in colored. That means that it's a classy British book and not at all a bland excuse to foist a little bit of bean-fiddling on those who are too repressed to admit that that's what the
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Elaine
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: like-it-like-it
I am always a little scared of books that have been nominated for The Booker Prize or the Orange Prize because I always feel that they are books that I “should” read and enjoy but worry that they are going to be too “intellectual” for me and way over my head, so it was with some trepidation that I picked up this book and yet, when it comes down to brass tacks, I absolutely loved this read and feel quite bereft now that I have got to the end of it.

Set in mid 19th century London and its surroundi
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Hugh
This was my first experience of reading Waters - I had been deterred by having seen some of the rather silly TV adaptation of Tipping the Velvet, but when this was chosen as a group read by the 21st Century Literature group I thought I should give it a chance.

Waters has clearly steeped herself in Victorian literature, and on one level this is a classic Victorian potboiler full of outlandish plot twists, coloured by the kind of period detail familiar from the likes of Dickens and Hardy.

The plot
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Daniella
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Part 1 = Amazing. Part 2 and 3 = Is this book over yet?!
Ellen Gail
'Be careful I don't grow tired of this scheme. I shan't be kind to you, then.'
'And is this kindness?' I say.
We have moved, at last, into shadow, and I see his look: it is honest, amused, amazed. He says: 'This is dreadful villainy...When did I ever call it anything else?'


Five stars! All those plot twists had me like:



An excellent choice of a buddy-read with Chloe, who loved it as much as me!

Dreamy and surprising, lush and tense, Fingersmith is everything a historical mystery should be. I went i
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Chloe
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-owned
This was a wonderful reading experience! Twists and turns, beautiful writing, great pacing, moving and emotional moments and thrilling ones.

The story is built up with a slow and intriguing pace; it never gets boring because the world and characters being created feel so very real and close to the heart. The first part of the book is all in one main character's point of view, and she is a very likable character to me, far from perfect but realistic and good. We see things from her perspective, a
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Chrissie
ETA: No, this damn book IS worth four stars. I woke up early this morning worrying about my rating! Here is why I must give it four stars: I came to care deeply for three people: Susan, Maud and Mrs. Sucksby. Wait till you find out who exactly the last one is! They moved from being cardboard evil characters to people I felt compassion for. Yes all three of them. And look at all the other good things I have listed below!


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By the book's end I was extremely impressed! By w
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Kate Quinn
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will probably make my year-end Top 10 list. A taut, atmospheric thriller with more twists and turns than a Whitechapel alley, plunging into the seamy underbelly of Victorian London. At first absolutely no one is likeable in this tale, certainly not protagonist Sue, a young thief who enters into a queasy scheme to help a con man marry an heiress and then lock her up in a mad-house to claim her fortune. Everyone has a secret and nothing is what it seems: not Sue, not her unscrupulous con ...more
Amanda Clay
Apr 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While not as sexy as Tipping the Velvet, this book is a gripping read. I envy any reader their first trip through the story, because you will never guess what's going on or what's going to happen next. Perfectly plotted, brilliantly realized. Unfortunately, Sarah Waters' most recent book is rather a snore, and in her next book she's promised to abandon writing about lesbian characters all together ('cause the world of heterosexuality isn't yet well-documented. Sorry to be so bitter, but it makes ...more
Stepheny
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I have met so many fabulous people through goodreads. I have created friendships and bonded with so many people through books on this website. It’s truly remarkable.

What’s cooler than that? That it is totally acceptable for me to push books on people like a common drug dealer! The fact that these people encourage me to branch out and read books that I normally wouldn’t. Some of those books have been better than others, and some have really surprised me.

When the lovely Lisa suggested Fingersmi
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Bill
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Outstanding.

A couple of months ago, Stephen King tweeted out some recommendations for great summer reading. In one of those tweets, he said, "Everything by Sarah Waters". Now that piqued my interest; I had only a passing knowledge of Waters, having only remembered when Fingersmith was
all over stores' bookshelves, but for some reason it seemed that this was in the romance genre and so, probably not for me.
Then I read some of the responses to this tweet: "Ingenious storytelling", "Lots of twists a
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Tara
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like unexpected plot twists, Victorian & Gothic elements
Shelves: favorites
If you've read the reviews for this book below, then you know that this book is on almost everyone's "favorite" list, and for good reason. This is my #1 favorite book (a tie to Jane Eyre, which is certainly hard to beat). I read this novel several years ago and have since loaned out 3 copies to friends only to never get them back. I am, in fact, due for another copy -- because I must have one of my own on the shelves!

Essentially, Fingersmith is everything I could possibly want in a novel. The na
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Carol
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this quite some time ago and am currently viewing the movie. The dvd reminds me how much I was originally captured by Water's book. Everytime I think of it I am reminded of Dicken's London and Oliver Twist. Fingersmith is historical fiction at its best and packs a few breathtaking surprises to boot. I became a life long Waters fan after reading this one.
Blair
I had high expectations of this: firstly, the one other book I've read by the author - The Little Stranger - is one of my absolute favourites, and secondly, I'd heard/read endless positive reviews of Fingersmith prior to reading it. It's the latter point that spurred me on to finally get round to it, as the plot didn't pique my interest in the same way The Little Stranger's post-war psuedo-ghost-story did. Fingersmith is set in Victorian England, and tells the tale of two teenage girls - both ap ...more
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Sarah Waters is a British novelist. She is best known for her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, as well the novels that followed, including Affinity, Fingersmith, and The Night Watch.

Waters attended university, earning degrees in English literature. Before writing novels Waters worked as an academic, earning a doctorate and teaching. Waters went directly from her doctoral thesis to her first novel.
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