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Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson
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really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, historical, novella

“You are a striver.”

I loved this scene. Usually I hate it when a story that’s otherwise leaning toward literary states what it’s about, but I loved this, I think because striving is the protagonist’s guiding principle, and he tries so hard to hide it. Every person in the court is striving and pretending they’re not. And by making this statement so baldly, it allowed everything else room to breathe. I wasn’t on an emotional journey with Sylvain to admit he was striving (that was pretty fucking obvious). I was along for the ride as he reached his limits, realized what all this striving was costing him and everyone else, admitted what he really wanted. All stories are about someone wanting something, and the revelation of the story was Sylvain’s suppressed desires.

Also, this is a dramedy about toilets set in a court that reached new absurdities of behavior. In short, this story is fantastic.
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Reading Progress

February 3, 2020 – Started Reading
February 3, 2020 – Shelved
February 4, 2020 – Shelved as: fantasy
February 4, 2020 – Shelved as: historical
February 4, 2020 – Shelved as: novella
February 4, 2020 – Finished Reading

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