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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.
This is a wonderful book - full of sex, passion,love, politics, life as it unfolds. Nancy is a beautifully developed character. Sex is always at the forefront for her. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
absorbing insight into London in a different era, with deep looks at various relationships.Published 14 days ago by Janet
Really an outstanding piece of writing, but it is discusses many difficult social issues that make the book very sad. I also watched the movie and it was excellent. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
From rags to riches to rags to riches to rags to finally peace and love. Kept me readingPublished 22 days ago by Yamamama
A friend intrduced me to Sarah Waters, this was an excellent book.Published 25 days ago by Judy Tallwing McCarthey
I stumbled upon this novel purely by accident. However once I started reading I just couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Colorless blender
I have had this book in my collection for quite a long time now, and naturally I am only just now getting around to reading it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Sarah Savala