Posts Tagged ‘Victoriana’

14th December
2010
written by Steph

Today is a momentous day, gentle readers, for today is the day I can claim to have lost my Sarah Waters virginity. It was a long time coming since there’s hardly a book blogger out there who doesn’t rave about her books, and yet I bided my time to see what all the fuss was about. Whenever I would see her books at McKays I’d always pick one of them up, but then I would pause and wonder if I was ready for Sarah Water’s jelly. I finally decided I need to take the plunge and picked up a copy of her first novel, Tipping the Velvet. The rest, as they say, is history. Tipping the Velvet tells the story of Nancy Astley, a young girl living in Victorian England who comes from Whitstable where she works in her family’s oyster parlor. Nan enjoys attending the local theater that puts on variety shows, and one evening she becomes completely captivated by a young masher (male impersonator) named Kitty Butler. Mesmerized by Kitty, Nancy attends the theater every night until her frequent visits finally capture Kitty’s attention. The two swiftly become thick as thieves, and Nancy is all too willing to throw over everything she has ever known in order to be with Kitty, desperately longing for more than friendship. Together the two head to London so that Kitty can further her career, and Nancy soon has her eyes opened to worlds she never dreamed existed, while also learning that following your heart and being true to yourself can sometimes be the hardest thing. (more…)
17th March
2009
written by Steph
I didn't read this edition, but oh how I wish I had!

I didn't read this edition, but oh how I wish I had!

This is the first Henry James I’ve read in about 8 years.  I read The Portrait of a Lady back when I was doing my senior year English credit over the summer in Oxford, England;  I wrote an essay about it and Sense & Sensibility… that, and the fact that I watched a movie version of the novel starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovitch, is about all I remember.  Since then, I’ve always meant to read more James (and potentially re-read Portrait), but it wasn’t until a recent trip to the library that I actually made good on this intention.  Being unable to procure a copy of The Great Gatsby (I know!  What kind of a library is this anyway?), I instead picked up a slender volume of The Turn of the Screw and considered it a fair trade. (more…)