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Tipping the Velvet (1998)

af Sarah Waters

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4,5811351,779 (3.98)448
Piercing the shadows of the naked stage was a single shaft of rosy limelight, and in the centre of this was a girl: the most marvellous girl - I knew it at once! - that I had ever seen. A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King - oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End 'tom'.… (mere)
  1. 81
    Sjælesøstre af Sarah Waters (Booksloth)
  2. 70
    Rænkespil af Sarah Waters (zembla)
    zembla: A lush, atmospheric Victorian love story between two young women.
  3. 71
    Middlesex af Jeffrey Eugenides (_debbie_)
    _debbie_: Both are (at least partially) historical novels with strong themes of identity, coming of age, and going against the mainstream to stay true to what you feel is right. Although one is set in Victorian England and the other isn't, they both have that same feel of rich language and descriptive place.… (mere)
  4. 20
    Moll Cutpurse, Her True History af Ellen Galford (CurrerBell)
  5. 10
    Passing Strange af Ellen Klages (amanda4242)
  6. 00
    Ladies and Gentlemen: A Play af Emma Donoghue (amanda4242)
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I spent all of Thanksgiving weekend avoiding this book. I made it 250 pages in and just don't want to finish it. Time to move on. ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
Sarah Waters' writing is masterful; I loved the way she used bold, startling foreshadowing in one sentence, only to immediately bury it in mundane narration in the next so that, as a reader, I almost but not quite, forgot about it. The idea that something big and important was looming was always in the back of my mind and would have kept me reading even if the story had not been enjoyable.

Overall, I think this was a 3.5-star book for me. For the writing alone, it would have been 5-stars, but I felt the story was a very familiar one; the lesbian angle kept it just fresh enough that it wasn't boring, but the narrative followed a quite predictable path. I've read essentially the same story several times, only from a heterosexual viewpoint. The predictability made the second and third acts a little less exciting for me.

The story is at its strongest during Nancy's theater years when lively and full of details about life backstage; Nancy's character feels the most alive in the early pages. When Nancy leaves the theater (not a spoiler, since her theater career hasn't even begun when the reader is told it will brief) the story was at times unpleasant to read because Nancy was, often, unlikeable, but I do think that made her character very real. As someone who undoubtedly has been unlikeable at times, I felt I could see myself growing and struggling in Nancy.

My advice to prospective readers is to give it a chance; if Nancy's character hooks you in the beginning, you'll enjoy the rest of her tale. Along the way, take note of the author's skill with words and know it will turn out alright in the end. ( )
  hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
The likeable first-person narrator in Sarah Waters's debut novel is Nan Astley, whom we first meet as a rather shy, eighteen-year-old "oyster girl" in Whitstable. She becomes infatuated with Kitty Butler, a visiting male impersonator at the local theatre. An unlikely friendship develops and Nan and Kitty are soon on their way to London together. The novel charts Nan's coming of age (and "coming out") in the lesbian communities of late 19th century London.

I started this book after having read all Waters's other novels except "The Paying Guests" (which I read concurrently - watch this space for my review...) In the light of Waters's later works, I don't consider "Tipping the Velvet" as one of her very best books. As a picaresque novel, it lacks the tight plotting of [b:Fingersmith|45162|Fingersmith|Sarah Waters|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327879025s/45162.jpg|1014113]. Nor does it have the ambitious narrative structure of [b:The Night Watch|550720|The Night Watch|Sarah Waters|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1394331077s/550720.jpg|134485] or the tantalising ambiguities of [b:The Little Stranger|6065182|The Little Stranger|Sarah Waters|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348922866s/6065182.jpg|5769396].

That said, it is easy to understand why critics were so enthusiastic about this novel when it was first published. Here was a new, exciting author with a surprising eye for detail and a talent for sumptuous descriptions of a bygone age. Here was an author who confidently evoked the Victorian era without resorting to rosy nostalgia or gaslight clichés. Here was an author who was evidently well-versed in the 19th century literary canon but equally knowledgeable about the naughtier writers of the period (Waters had researched 19th century pornography as part of her doctoral studies and the title is a term taken from Victorian sexual slang). Indeed, "Tipping the Velvet" sometimes feels like the book that Dickens or Collins might have written but would have never dared publish.

A rollicking debut, then, and a good place to start exploring Waters' world. In my view however, her later books are better, albeit less transgressive. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Sep 12, 2020 |
I haven't watched the series or read other similar books as a historical - Victorian London - or gendered. Nancy, the main protagonist is annoyingly selfish, Kitty was not fully developed as a character and the writing is self-indulgent in parts. But it's lively, layered and written in such an absorbing way I couldn't put it down. ( )
  Acia | Sep 6, 2020 |
p...ause? at page 115
i wiiiish you weren't written in this styyyyle it's really tough to reeead
  Chyvalrys | Aug 5, 2020 |
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Piercing the shadows of the naked stage was a single shaft of rosy limelight, and in the centre of this was a girl: the most marvellous girl - I knew it at once! - that I had ever seen. A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King - oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End 'tom'.

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