Anyone a fan of Sarah Waters?

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    A friend recommended "The night watch" which I really enjoyed, but I was a bit upset the ending wasn't more clear cut.


    Also just read "The little stranger" not really into "ghost" stories, but it was very atmoshpheric and set in an interesting period of history/time of change just after ww2.


    Anyone read it cause I would love to get someone's opinion on certain aspects of it!
     
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    I am a MASSIVE fan of Sarah Waters....plus i KNOW HER :)
    She is from my hometown and i am so lucky she has autographed my books, I have read all of hers and my favourite has to be Fingersmith have you read that one? AMAZING
     
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    I love Fingersmith - although I'm not a woman, I love the way that her female characters make things happen rather than let things happen to them, which is rare in historical fiction.
     
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    ooooh- I know you started this a long time ago, but I love Sarah Waters.

    I have read them all- The Little Stranger was really creepy- I loved the ending- very subtle (and I still run to the toilet in the dark at night)

    My favourite has to be Affinity, although Fingersmith has lots of shock factor. She is an amazing storyteller- you really feel drawn in to the plot and I always feel I really understand the characters. Very talented!
     
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    Hiya,

    Affinity and Fingersmith are in my "books to read" pile : )


    Yes - the little stranger was good, but I was wondering if the Doctor only liked the girl due to the fact he would move to the large house he liked and she only liked him as it was a passport away from the place? Or did they actually have feeling for each other? What do you think?
     
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    I completely agree- they were both in it for alternative motives. The Dr's attitude changed completely during the entire book. He started out quite resentful of the family, but then just got more and more desperate to be a part of it. I actually think there was a hint of Caroline actually being gay, so defo think she had other motives.

    It was all very creepy- loved the history of the NHS aspect to it too.

    Affinity, Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet are all set in the Victorian era, so different to this one, but the stories are a lot more fast paced (and racey!) than this one
     
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    Yeah - I think he thought that it would somehow "change" his life and make him a more acceptable Dr/Person to well off people - in reality he had done well coming from a less well off background to become a Dr and had done medical work in the war etc. SW often uses this theme about how people change for better or worse!

    Yes, that was an aspect I really enjoyed about how GPs used to be and how it was a real struggle for people afford medical care, was also interesting in the last part of the book about how this changed with the NHS. SW clearly did loads of research (I think in the back there was a list of source material?). It was really interesting cause not many books are set in that post war period.

    I will be starting on Affinity this week!
     
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    ooooh- let me know how you find it!

    I am just reading 'The Lady in the Tower' which is about the fall of Anne Boleyn. I loved the series 'The Tudors' - I realised it was sexed up nonsense but it got me really interested in that whole era. I recently finished 'Wolf Hall' which won the Booker prize (that Little Stranger' was shortlisted for) and that was set in the same period of history. the problem is the more I read about this time, the hungrier I get for what happened before/after. I sometimes get panicky about how many books there are to read in the world and not having enough time in one life to read them!
     
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