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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.
I read a lot, and when I say a lot, I mean several books per week and anything else I can lay my hands on This leads to a lot of substandard material as you might imagine. Read morePublished 15 days ago by edwardf
Sophisticated and compelling, the writing is exquisite and the story is never predictable. Having read many lesbian romance novels I was delighted to be given a break from the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philippa Garner
I think it is safe to say that while I enjoyed Tipping the Velvet, I have enjoyed her other books more.Published 2 months ago by MBAS0511
Tipping the velvet really just isn’t good. I’m not done, but I'm halfway through, and I have no motivation to read anymore. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yaline Gonzalez
Sarah Waters has done what many before her have failed to do.... she has written a gay romance novel with a bearable plot. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack the Shipper
Such a poetic and honesty story about a young woman discovering herself in so many ways, through so many experiences. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Monique Ray
This is a really interesting book. I saw the television show made from the book on I think it was PBS. Read the book and see the show. You're in for a real treat.Published 3 months ago by Thomas P. Clyde
This is quite a read. It sealed the deal for me as a Sarah Waters fan. I had been given a copy of this book earlier that had been published with pages missing, so I had to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. S. Miller
Love the writing style. This was a page turner. Had me on my toes from the start.
Sad it is over.