The Sinner's Kissby Aaron J. Clarke
In The Sinner's Kiss, Clarke tells the story of betrayal, revenge in France and Morocco during the fin de siècle. Three women are drawn to the Lothario, Gabriel. Madame de Rosa desires him to be her instrument of revenge. Justine and Esmée, in contrast, desire him to escape the confines of society, a world where enemies prepare to strike like Madame de Rosa whose actions have dangerous, tragic consequences not only for her, but also for the other women. Their stories are woven into the fabric of nineteenth century conventions regarding female conduct, where those who desire pay a price.
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"The Sinner's Kiss" is a beautifully written novel. Stylistically it is similar to a nineteenth century novel; however, the plot resonates with a modern tone. It is truly remarkable that a writer of Clarke's age is capable of writing in the style of a bygone era. Although, parts of "The Sinner's Kiss" are overtly melodramatic, but it must be pointed out that what the novelist is trying to achieve is a blending of the nineteenth century prose with that of twenty-first century viewpoint with regards to issues such female rights.