Bowie's Top 100, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
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Long overdue for a Waters read. Bowie makes it happen every time.
But yeah- ok! haha.
I have the middle edition, and I don't particularly like that cover but I am dying to read this author. Plus, I am reading 6 non-fictions at the mo... I could use some respite! Imight start it next week?
>8 Donna828: Donna--Very excited about this and look forward to you piping up and adding your two cents. : )
I like that it is written from the perspective of a slice of the underbelly (of sorts) of society. I get the feeling that so much literature written of that period takes only account of the lives of the upper class.
Are you reading? Are you liking? I am really enjoying it. I love the character of Sue, she's so not of her time (seemingly to me, anyway). I like how she is pointing out the silliness of some of the customs of that time.
"Some girls I knew had mothers who were drunkards, or mothers who were mad: mothers they hated and could never rub along with. I should rather a dead mother, over one like that!
"I should rather Mrs Sucksby. She was better by chalks. She had been paid to keep me a month; she kept me seventeen years. What's love, if that ain't?" (pp 12-13)
And I love "never rub along with." ; )
So I am on about page 100, and the spoiler cover from up above, is making more sense. I suspect that Gentlemen's plan is about to be thwarted and perhaps by the lovely Sue herself?! Hints are being dropped left and right and I will just have to see if I am reading them right. Although, how will she get the money without the husband?
I will keep reading some each night, or at least each second night.
My new book in the fold is What is this thing called Science (An Assessment of the Nature and Status of Scence and it's Methods) by Alan Chalmers. To aid me in the 6,000 word report-writing....isn't he helpful?! ;) (I shouldn't josh, he actually is helpful)
I dug hard last night and got reading....its very exciting!!! I cant quite see what the rest of the book is going to be 'about' seeing as most of the laid out plans are either happening or about to happen. It gives me hope that the rest of the story is going to throw a twist here or there. Last night I read the whole section when the Gentleman lives in the house. I am now reading with trepidation as I don't want their plan to be successful...yet a part of me doesn't want their plan to fail either. I am conflicted! But not more so than Sue, who is very conflicted. And rightly so.
>26 Cait86: No fair! You already know the answers to all my questions. ; ) Thanks for posting and have fun tagging along with us.
Isn't it good?! It is really exciting....I may be past you now as read some more last night. I'm a few chapters into the second section of the book, Maud's story. WOW. tell me where you are and we can confer.
(I think its fair to say : don't read this thread at all if you want to read the book)
>30 Berly: Eeurgh! The double-crossing! As if it wasn't already bad enough, that sweet innocent Maud was about to get locked away, and then....conniving-fraudster-who-we-actually-quite-liked "Sue" gets dropped in it! And sweet Maud turns out to be the conniver? It's too much to take in, right! I LOVE it ;)
Section Two Chapter 7
The Uncle is a scoundrel and so is all the staff! They are so mean to Maud, who by the way is an amazing actress when she gets older. And would anything have changed if Sue had returned the affection of Maud at the manor or even at the decrepit inn? Or would she still have gone through with the switcharoo? And what's up with the Gentleman? How could he do this to poor Sue, having known her since she was a child? Dying to know the other side of the story.
Also, I am betting Sue gets out and gets her revenge...somehow.
Chapter 10 (just started- no spoilers)
Having now heard Maud's story, I can see how she calculated she was able to be. It was like she was biding her time until *some* (any?) excitement arrived on her doorstep. It is weird though, the two of them suspicious of each other and also both feeling terrible about what they each were trying to do to each other, and yet both intending fully to go through with it anyway. I wonder if they will ultimately get together and fleece the Gentleman of whatever money he manages to make out of this affair. I am convinced we haven't heard the last of Sue, either.
Do you think the next section will be from the Gentleman's perspective? Or do we know all we need to of him already....we certainly know he is after money, and I bet he is intending to take Maud's half as soon as he is able.
For now, I am astounded at the double meaning of remarks first read though Sue's perspective and now through Maud's...
Gentleman is speaking to Maud: " 'I am afraid, Miss Lilly,' he says, more than once, " that you want discipline, yet. I thought your touch firmer than this. I am sure it was firmer, a month ago. Don't say you've forgotten your lessons in my short absence. After all our labour! There is one thing an artist must always avoid, in the execution of his works: that is hesitation. For that leads to weakness; and through weakness, greater designs than this one have foundered. You understand? You understand me?' " (Pages 279)
Of course this could be about Gentleman's critique of Maud's brush technique, but now I know he is really stealing her to stick to their dastardly plan. Gentlemen is quite gifted in double entendre!!
I am not-so-secretlyy hoping the girls get together and gang up on Gentleman, because I am convinced he is going to try to steal Maud's share, too. But since that is what I am expecting, perhaps Water will pull another fast one that I don't see coming...
Looks like we are keeping up with each other perfectly. I hope to finish this book over Easter, and then I can concentrate on my *ahem* report- remember that? I can, barely ;)
Poor Maud. What a mess. I guess back then you were a husband's property. And no escape. No money, not even shoes. No help either from the Mr. Hawtrey, the publisher. Scoundrel. How alone she must have felt to got back to the burgh.
And I knew one of the mother's was going to be alive, I just didn't think it would be Mrs. Sucksby's (and is that a name or what?!)!!
Okay, back to Susan in the mad house...
*** spoilers ahead*** ( for those still in part 2)
So, lemme get this straight. Maud is
Is this about right? If so, omg, wasn't there an easier way to steal the inheritance? Like to get the gentleman to woo whoever it was that everyone thought the real "lady" and just split the cash? All that ground work the gentleman did...for so much double-crossing and secrets. Full on!
Also, I better go back and add the spoiler proper to my last post....that could really wreck the reading experience for someone!
Getting into the last straights now! I read this morning after setting W up in front of the tv at some ungodly hour....I wanted to clear my schedule and read to the end, but- circumstances don't allow for that ;)
What is Sue to do!? I'm at the part where she has confronted Sucksby and Maud, with the help of Charles the knife boy....she is still in the dark as to what on earth is going on, though she doesn't know that yet, and Maud is trying to give her signals left right and centre that it's not safe at the house and she must go. Of course, Sue reads that as territorial posturing, so it's all very confused.
Have you read this weekend!? I advise you to clear your schedule and get going :)
The ending was ok for me- I thought it was pretty good, actually. I was longing for a happy section wherever it came in the book, that it came at the end was a relief! I was surprised that Mrs Sucksby all of a sudden came on all caring and concerned for both 'her girls'...although, I guess the signs were there....her history of at least not hurting them while they were in her care. (never mind what she sent them into while they weren't in her care...)
I noticed the whingeing young men as well, which may have been unusual for the day- but I think I would have been upset at the goings on there. How old was Charles supposed to be? A child? Maybe 13 or 14?
But, at the moment, I am thinking this is at least a 4.5 star read for me. I'm considering it being my first 5-star read since Jan last year! It certainly is a fine specimen of its kind of writing, ad I loved reading it. All of it :)
Bowie strikes again!
Bowie is batting a 1,000!! Are you going to read Master and Margarita's in April with the group read or are you swamped?
The mutual trust thing got me wondering too, but Sue had noted that Maud had tried to rescue her from Gentleman at Sucksby's house, and she was touched by that. Maybe their mutual betrayal cancelled each other's out??! I'm pretty sure that is a scientific possibility! ;)
What are you reading of hers next then? I am going to leave the one I own (The Little Stranger) and track down The Night Watch, I think.