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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Master of Deceptions

This is the second novel I've read by Sarah Waters--the first was Fingersmith--and I find her to be a master at weaving tales of deception. Like Fingersmith, the story is set in England in the Victorian age, where the strictures of society are very hard on women, and in...
This is the second novel I've read by Sarah Waters--the first was Fingersmith--and I find her to be a master at weaving tales of deception. Like Fingersmith, the story is set in England in the Victorian age, where the strictures of society are very hard on women, and in particular women whose sexual desires do not fit the "norm." This story, however, could be quite depressing, and was certainly slower paced than Fingersmith, taking a little more time to develop the plot, but well worth the investment. That the lead character was ultimately deceived might have been predictable, but exactly how and who else was involved was not, and I find it very doubtful that other reviewers could have seen it. I also would have liked to know more about the sister-in-law and was uncertain in the end who "Peter" was in the story. However, my only real complaint about Waters is that she cannot seem to write and get her books published faster than I can devour them. I highly recommend her.

posted by JustMyTwoCents on March 1, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

okay

Although well-written and an engaging read, it was too depressing without any redemption. There seemed nothing to be gained from such depressing ending.

posted by Mander on February 9, 2009

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent Victorian tale

    By 1873, in her late twenties, upper class Margaret Prior tries kill herself to end her unhappy life following a failed love affair. She also fails at suicide and by the fall of 1874, as part of her recuperation, Margaret begins visiting London¿s Millbank Women¿s Prison, home of convicted murderers and thieves who almost all claim their innocence. <P> However, one individual, the spiritualist Selina Dawes, connects on an emotional level with Margaret. Selina has been imprisoned because of the death of an elderly patron at a seance she hosted. Selina begins to send tokens of her affection to Margaret via her ¿associate¿ Peter. Margaret finally decides to free her ¿future¿ lover and herself from the solid and imaginary walls that separate them even if it means risking her life. <P>AFFINITY is a powerful yet detailed Victorian tale centering on relationships, especially that forbidden by society between two women. The story line is drawn along two paths, Margaret¿s current diary and Selina¿s journal of her pre-incarceration days. Surprisingly, this technique works as readers obtain a juxtaposition glimpse at Selina from her own view and that of her wannabe lover. With homage to the authors of that era, Sarah Waters shows she is a rare talent who demonstrates that emotion and intellect do not often go hand in hand as human frailty intercedes. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    An excellent book

    It is true that this book is nothing like Tipping the Velvet, or Fingersmith. It is much darker, and slower paced, but nonetheless--It is amazing. Its darkness is exactly what makes it so addictive, and why it is so hard to put down. The main character, Margaret Prior, is easy to relate to, and to sympathize with, so you can't help but long for her to have the happy ending she so desperately wants. It is not a good idea to pick up this book and immediately start comparing it to any of Waters' other books, because it is a completely different kind of work, and then will be dissapointing. But, if you go in just wanting a good read, then this book will deliver. It is simply beautiful, and extremely complicated to the very end. One of my favorite books of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Superb & shocking

    I had inquired on a website specifically for lesbian books wondering if there were any that were set in the time of Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, and the like I was steered to Affinity. It was slow going at first but finally I got into it and could not put it down. I went through it in 3 days and was completely baffled at the ending. I did not see that tiger coming till the last couple chapters when it had already pounced on me.

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