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5.0 out of 5 stars I envy you that have yet to read this...., 21 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Fingersmith (Paperback)
I have just had a quick cursory look at all of my reviews on this site - and most of them are five out of five stars.

Perhaps it is because I know what I like. So this review will attempt to say what precisely I love about this book - without giving anything of the plot away. It occurs to me that there are lots of people out there who share my tastes. So this is for potentially a fellow reader. To quote Julie Myerson: 'There are always novels that you envy people for not yet having read, for the pleasure they still have to come. Well, this is one.' Agreed!

If you like:

1. Memorable, three dimensional characters who make the alien world of 19th century London and rural England come well and truly alive.
(*This is so important to me as a reader. It is all very well to have all the boxes ticked as regards historical accuracy, but if you cannot make the reader feel that this other world is not 'other', then it is a waste of time)

Sarah Waters not only sets her novel in a world that my own ancestors lived in, and man, this woman knows her material (poor, working class London), but she breathes life into it.

2. A rollicking good plot. Again, all the brilliance in the world will not disguise a boring read. If you want (as I do very very much) an intelligent, beautifully written story that keeps you reading way past your normal bed time, your eyes closing in rebellion against your desire to want to read 'one more page' - then this is for you.

3. A book you will return to? Then yes again. I knew as soon as the last page was finished that this was a 'stayer' on my bookshelf.

There are some wonderful reviews here that provide excellent description of the setting and plot, so will not repeat their material again. The less you know, the better.

Highly recommended if you recognise your own tastes here. This is what the joy of reading is all about. Thank you Sarah Waters for a wonderful piece of writing!
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