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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.
Sarah knows how to weave a story and keep you guessing the whole time. Not to mention you get your money's worth. Read morePublished 10 days ago by DennaP
Interesting concept, intriguing story line, but a little too slow for my taste. There is There is performance on stage and off, girls as boys, etc, told in a convincing way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CJArt
Water's "Tipping The Velvet" is a surprisingly lively period piece focusing on one young woman's discovery of her affection for, and exploration of, other women. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Randy A. Varcho
I love Sarah Waters work so much and this book was no exception. This story yanks your emotions this way and that. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ogrefairy
A style proper of Sarah who conduces a narrative in old scennary, but responding to the perspective of modern readers.Published 3 months ago by Juan A. Alcazar
Oh Sarah Waters, how I love you so. You build these complex characters and put them together so closely that in my head, I'm screaming "Kiss already!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elisabeth Vella