If you’ve clicked over to here, I assume you have already read the August COBC selection Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. I share random thoughts that would have spoiled the book if I had read this post, so beware! [My less spoilerful FULL review here.]
I already wonder if I knew TOO MUCH going in – the twists!! the turns!!! and yet I think I also wanted to read it because it had TWISTs! and TURNs!! so who knows. We can’t undo a knowledge or experience once known/experienced.
I was impressed how the lesbianism was introduced or delved into and not that this is likely to be a spoiler since Ms. Waters does seem to include this in many (all?) of her books, but I think I was expecting more in-your-face. Is this a bias of my being straight and brought up in a conservative household where I was not allowed to watch Soap or even Three’s Company when I was a kid? Anyway, I thought all the sections on this quite tasteful, really.
Maud’s upbringing and ‘education’ was fascinatingly strange! The gloves, again. Sure, so she didn’t harm the valued books which she would read for her uncle and his guests. Ugh. He was one ‘off’ dude, right?
Somewhere I had the idea that Sue and Maud would end up being sisters. So that was either good or bad in my attempts to guess and predict some OMG moments.
I kept wondering HOW naive Miss Sue really was and how street smart was she really. An intriguing character indeed, she had a good heart as well as lack of morals – ha! but Maud was just delicious. Still, I was a bit annoyed with her for being so upset about being taken back to Mrs. Sucksby’s and I DID figure out that Maud was being too fussed over too much and what that possibly meant. Not that I quite put the clues together and I was impressed by the unfolding of it all.
I kept wondering how the money and the legal transfer of funds was going to play out. Guess that wasn’t really important… (Details, details. Boring legal financial details.) Like, was it going to be challenged that Sue opened her letter early? Who would know how to legally challenge her birthdate anyway?!?! and why wasn’t Sue taught to read more than just her name? If Mrs. Sucksby knew how to read, she should have taught her precious Susan a bit better, in my opinion.
And that silly lad who had the google-eyes adoration for Gentleman and wanted to be his valet? – he was just TOO MUCH of a sissy. Bugged me.
All just picky stuff. Overall, a fun read. And so much different than what I’ve been reading of late. I look forward to reading another Sarah Waters book and would love suggestions as to which???