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Tipping the Velvet, all 472 pages of it, is as saucy, as tantalizing, and as touching as the narrator's first encounter with the seductive but shame-ridden Miss Kitty Butler. And at first even Nancy's family is thrilled with her gender-bending pal, all but her sister, best friend, and bedmate, Alice, "her eyes shining cold and dull, with starlight and suspicion." Not to worry. Soon Nancy and Kitty are off to London, their relationship close though (alas for our heroine) sisterly. We know that bliss will come, and it does, in an exceptionally charged moment. A lesser author would have been content to stop her story there, but Waters has much more in mind for her buttonholing heroine, and for us. In brief, her Everywoman with a sexual difference goes from success onstage to heartbreak to a stint as a male prostitute (necessity truly is the mother of invention) to keeping house for a brother and sister in the Labour movement. And did I mention her long stint as a plaything in the pleasure palace of a rich Sapphist extraordinaire? Diana Lethaby is as cruel as she is carnal, and even the well-concealed Cavendish Ladies' Club isn't outré enough for her. Kitting Nancy out in full, elegant drag, she dares the front desk to turn them away. "We are here," she mocks, "for the sake of the irregular."
Only after some seven years of hard twists and sensual turns does Nancy conclude that a life of sensation is not enough. Still, Tipping the Velvet is so entertaining that readers will wish her sentimental--and hedonistic--education had taken twice as long. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
lesbians, a fishing village, London, the theatre, weird sex, what's not to like?Published 14 days ago by Ariella Amshalem
This is a classic lesbian love story, but more than that it is filled with adventure and twists. Follow Nancy through her life as she discovers herself.Published 1 month ago by LovelyPunk
This book was okay, but not as entertaining as her other books. The plot seemed to go around in circles, and the lead character became a bit of a drag about 3/4 of the way through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DixieDame
Better than the TV movie that I've watched a couple times already. I didn't know what changes were made for the adaptation so I was kept guessing and surprised quite a bit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A book that I had a partial read in1975, so I have had the most delightful period of and in time to complete . Read morePublished 1 month ago by mogley
Not her fault, She is clearly a good writer, but I got really bored and I didn't finish the bookPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I despised this book, despite its being well written, and despite its great premise and promise, for two major reasons: the one-dimensional, juvenile, egotistical, selfish... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ioana Stoica
I am not an avid reader but THIS BOOK caught my attention. I think Sarah did a wonderful job and I'll read another of her books.Published 2 months ago by Rosalie Ramirez
Really enjoyed the phases of live the main character goes through. And what the reasons the author found for her to make those choices. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom Falcon