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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 love Sarah Waters work so much and this book was no exception. This story yanks your emotions this way and that. Read morePublished 4 days ago by ogrefairy
A style proper of Sarah who conduces a narrative in old scennary, but responding to the perspective of modern readers.Published 17 days 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 1 month ago by Elisabeth Vella
I enjoyed this one because it was different. Also, it felt real and it took me to a different place.Published 3 months ago by Emme Cross
It is an intriguing and well-written story. This book was one of those books that I couldn't stop reading. I enjoyed every moment of reading this book.Published 3 months ago by K. Kim
THE COVER OF THIS BOOK GAVE A GOOD INDICATION OF THE CONTENTS. i DIDN'T GET VERY FAR WITH IT BECAUSE IT WAS TOTALLY SLOW AND BORING. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janice Pucheu
Tipping the Velvet is a lesbian love story set in the boisterous London of the 1880-90s. The narrator is Nancy Astley, the daughter of a restaurateur in Whitstable, a town famous... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steven Davis
I liked the historical aspect to this novel...you don't find much about this era's homosexual underground in London, especially in fiction. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nam
the fact that it is wonderfully written lesbian historical literary fiction is even better. I have loved everything Sarah Waters has put out.Published 4 months ago by Moni