Tipping the Velvet) [Pdf/E–book] Ä Sarah Waters
N repeating other people s speeches all my life Now when I want to make a speech I hardly know howIf you are fretting over how to tell me you are leaving I am fretting I said over how to tell you how I love you over how to say that you are the world to me 35 stars This was my first foray into the writing of Sarah Waters According to my friends I have been missing out on some great lit Now I m no longer out of the loop Tipping the Velvet follows a young lady named Nan over the course of several years We start with the arly stirrings of her new found sexuality as she finds herself gazing adoringly upon a young female performer dressed i Have you Creative Participation ever tasted a Whitstable oyster If you have you will remember it Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet is the gay Victo Call this the lesbian version of Maurice Girl meets girl then another one then another Odd that in the late 19th century England so many lesbians would all be out and about strolling the dirty streets Even odder still that the heroine of the novel happens to stumble upon them all This took considerable research I m sure and how cool is it to get this particular point of view The biggest mistake however was to give the narrative the first person touch making Nan King into a Bella from Twilight type ie clueless trite sometimes all too selfish girl whichradicates any form of legance that would have transformed this novel into something much better Plus although it doesn t take too much imagination to guess what the title actually means not until page 400 does the title finally make sense the primary reason I read this I believe had much to do with that strange title As seen on The ReadventurerWell I definitely have never read anything like this before I dare you to read this book s synopsis and not get curious at least a little bit The moment I set my yes on a short description of Tipping the Velvet on the 1001 Must Read B It appears that currently the most common criticism of this book on goodreads is that it seems formulaic Perhaps I am behind the times but when did Cognitive Radio Networks elouent lesbian coming of age stories set in England 200 years ago become so commonplace as toven HAVE a formulaUltimately this is a love story Personnel Management in Government embedded in a fluid tale of heart pounding and heart breaking moments over the course of Nan s life Either the girl gets the girlboy in thend or the girl doesn tpredicting the Out of This World ending with a fifty fifty shot at getting it right does not make a book formulaic IF however anyone who accuses this book of being so standard actually said to themselves in the first chapter well I bet this innocent oyster girl winds up falling in love with a crossdressing vaudevillianntertainer who will shortly be introduced as a characterand after that love affair goes awry approximately midway through the story she will probably have to turn to dressing as a male prostitute who gives handjobs to old men to make The Time It Never Rained ends meet then I stand corrected Personally my internal magicight ball didn t predict any of that why read charles dickens when you can read sarah waters. A glittering career as music hall stars in an all singing and dancing double act At the same time behind closed doors they admit their attraction to ach other and their affair begi.
It s not often that I like a book so listen up and listen wellIf someone had given me the bare bones outline of Tipping the Velvet and suggest I read it I d have kindly told them to piss off I have a job a kid to raise and an already low tolerance for contemporary fiction A book about cross dressing lesbians in Victorian England wouldn t spark nough interest in me to get past the title pageSilly me Good thing I thought that tipping the velvet was a reference to the theater hint it s not and mistakenly believed I was buying a book about East End actresses This mistake was a blessing and this novel renewed my faith in modern fiction Tipping the Velvet carries a variety of themes that have bored me since my first Women s Studies classes in college identity cross dressing gender roles and sexuality Yet alongside these nearly foreign concepts were the universal themes found in all great works of literature passion lust betrayal scandal violence redemption and love So what did it leave me with A book that shot a breath of life into all of those tired old themes A book I couldn t put down and not just for the positively raunchy and at times touching sex scenes that had me blushing to my hairline No What kept me hooked was the astoundingly good writingWhen describing being backstage at the theater after a performance I caught a glimpse of ladders and ropes and trailing gas pipes of boys in caps and aprons wheeling baskets manoeuvring lights I had the sensation then and I felt it again in the years that followed Childrens Phantasies every time I made a similar trip back stage that I had stepped into the workings of a giant clock stepped through thelegant casing to the dusty greasy restless machinery that lay all hidden from the common ye behind itWhen telling us about a dirty mirror we re told that the small looking glass was as cloudy and as speckled as the back of an old man s handWhen discussing the ways of her tyrannical lover There is a way rich people have of saying What The word is honed and has a point put on it it comes out of their mouths like a dagger coming out of a sheath That is how Diana said it now in that dim corridor I felt it pierce me through and make me sag I swallowedYeah Writing like that will keep you up at night The hot sex scenes The bizarre gender roles that previously would have left me uninterested The story itself All just added bonuses This chick could write about paint drying and make it fascinating She makes cross dressing hooking and other ahem unmentionables seem completely xciting alive and blessedly normal I love it Finally A work of fiction that doesn t suck or make me feel like I ve gotten dumber by the time I ve finished it KICKED ASS Nancy Astley was born in Whitstable Kent in the late nineteenth century She s from an ordinary hard working family and from a very young age she helped in her parents fish restaurant shucking oysters until her fingers were red raw with the icy cold water used to keep the oysters fresh but it was all she knew and she was happy with her life She was loved by her parents and siblings alike but whe. Nan King an oyster girl is captivated by the music hall phenomenon Kitty Butler a male impersonator xtraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury Through a friend at the box offi.
N she ntered her teens the bright lights of a nearby music hall began to call to her She loved the variety acts that performed there but the momentous night that she watched a male impersonator named Kitty well that was to be the night that saw her turn her back on her loving family and take her into a world that would put dear old coastal Whitstable and the Astley family firmly in the past This is a story of girl meets girl as Na Oh gag I have SO many problems with this book What the hell was this supposed to be anyway I will go through the possibilities Historical Fiction Set in the late 1800 s in stuffy Victorian England we meet Nancy a young lady who falls fast and hard for another young woman performing in a theatre Yadda yadda yadda they re a couple Yadda yadda yadda Nancy is shocked that her sister doesn t accept this Yadda yadda yadda Nancy meets and beds pretty much Gods and Heroes every female that subseuently crosses her path If the character has a vagina Nancy is sure to be tipping the velvet with her in short order I m not sure if Sarah Waters meant this to be historically accurate but I just can t believe that it is in any way Young people in THIS century have a hard time coming out But Victorian Nance is loud and proud And never seems to suffer because of it I just didn t see this as authentic to the time at all aside from the costumes Romance It does tick off this box I suppose with Nancy s 500 pages of pining for Kitty And all the sexy girlgirl scenes But then dear god pleasexplain the ENDING to me which was so very politically Science, Technology and Culture earnest I forgot what book I was reading A socialism rally withvery single lesbian in London in attendance Literary Fiction Sarah Waters is a decent writer It s because of her storytelling that I finished this book But I just couldn t take it seriously Was I meant to I m so confusedIn addition to all these complaints I really disliked the main character Nancy didn t ndear herself to me at all She turfs her family thinking about the various men s suits she wears than her parents and siblings She mistreats her friends She CHOOSES to work the streets and isn t in the least bit damaged by itThe I think about it it occurs to me that than anything this is a re write of history giving voice to relationships that certainly DID happen in the 1800 s but no one talked about I can get my mind around that but somehow it doesn t raise my appreciation of this book much LESBIAN SEX SCENESI knew that s all you wanted to hear about I m going to go on with my review but you re welcome to stop reading now that you know the juicy stuff And no I will not go on to describe in dripping detail any of the aforementioned LESBIAN SEX SCENES For shame I knowSo anyway a while back my friend Coventry had piles and piles of books she was giving away and this was one of them Seeing that it was written by Sarah Waters I nabbed it immediately and placed upon my shelf waiting for just the right time to read what I was sure would be a delightful sapphic treasure I d read another of Sarah Waters books a couple years back and I feel like I ve bee. Ce Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine Soon after she becomes Kitty's dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester Suare where they begin.
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Tipping the Velvet) Pdf/E–book Ä Sarah Waters
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 WatchWaters 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