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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 Waters has done what many before her have failed to do.... she has written a gay romance novel with a bearable plot. Read morePublished 3 days 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 11 days 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 15 days 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 1 month 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.
I never thought that I'd be able to get into a period piece like this one but I was totally engrossed from the first page on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leslie Morris
Totally mesmerizing! Sarah Waters does magic with her pen! Long scince i read such s good book! I could hardly put it down,Published 1 month ago by Christine
Well written. I didn't like Nancy very much as a character; she struggled a lot, but I found it hard to empathize with her because she treated a lot of other people rather poorly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura
This work is interesting on several levels. It looks at the lesbian culture of the time. It also looks at the stage culture at the time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Marie