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What I’m reading at the Moment: The Little Stranger’ by Sarah Waters……finished

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, period drama with tags , , on August 4, 2009 by echostains

I’ve just finished ‘The Little Stranger’ by Sarah Waters and feel a bit sad that I have.  Without giving anything away, the end is puzzling and I keep going over it in my head.  I THINK I’ve come to a conclusion, but I’m not sure if it’s the right one (or it is the intention that there ISN’T a neat conclusion…)

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.  I managed to get a signed copy!

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I managed to get a signed copy!

However, this is a fabulous book, very well researched like all of Water’s books, and well well worth the read.  No doubt people will speculate about the ending for years to come!   This is surely a positive thing though, lol!  Yes, a bit of an enigma this book!

Read my other post about this book HERE

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What I’m Reading at the moment: ‘The Little Stranger’ by Sarah Waters

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT with tags , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by echostains
christ the lord: out of Egypt Anne Rice

christ the lord: out of Egypt Anne Rice

I’ve not even finished reading ‘Christ the Lord’by Anne Rice yet.  As usual, I left off reading for a bit, then started reading something else….and now have to go back over it to ‘immerse’ myself in it.  With me, when I read something I need to be totally into it.  I need to get the feel: acclimatise myself, so to speak.  I can summon  this easily enough when I go back.  I know if I pick this book up again and go back a bit I will be in Jerusalem again.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

At the moment though, I am now reading the latest book by one of my favorite authors, Sarah Waters.  The book is called ‘The Little Stranger’ and is turning out to be a little gem.  It is set in the 40s and is about the breaking down of the class system, the landed gentry trying to hold onto their land, servants amid fading fortunes.  The family in question aren’t exactly of the same status and ilk of the Marchmaine’s from Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, but you get the idea….  The story is about their house, a crumbling ruin in which strange phenomena seems to be happening.  I am LOVING it!

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters writes great books!  The ‘Fingersmith’ made me gasp with admiration at the twists in it!  The BBC version was absolutely fantastic to watch. 

Affinity by Sarah Waters

Affinity by Sarah Waters

Affinity’another good book, set in a Victorian womens prison, I thought the book  better than the BBC version, (which was pretty good and was very well done).   You could actually BE in that prison, such is the quality of the writing.  Couple that with the table tapping mediumship……decidedly creepy.  ‘Night Watch’. is the only one I wasn’t keen on at all.  It’s a War one, but I can honestly say I can’t remember much about it.  ‘Tipping the Velvet’ I saw on the TV first,  and what a great tale it is about Victorian Music Hall, Gay women, prostitution, cross dressing and well,…all sorts.  All done  with great humour and pathos.  The book was also excellent.  Sarah Waters is known for her Gay subject matter, which I know has put some off reading her work.  More fool them – I say, as they are missing out.  These novels are full of craft, wonderfully plotted and well written.  She is a GREAT writer! Her tales are full of twists and turns and very well researched.

Update:  ‘The Little Stranger’ finished reviewed HERE

Also read ‘Wedlock – How Georgian England’s worse husband met his match……..   by Wendy Moore