7 journalers for this copy...
From back cover:-
London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.
I am starting an International Ring out of this, and the last reader will send book back to me. Guidelines as usual. Make a JE when you receive the book, and try to read within a month. It's ok if it takes slightly longer. Make a JE and send it along to the next in line. I'll be the last to read.
1. christina82 (Denmark) - will ship anywhere
2. carelaisa (Canada) - prefer Canada/USA or surface mail internationally
3. smilingheron (USA) - ship anywhere
4. Miss-Owl (Australia) - prefer Aust/NZ Region or surface mail internationally
5. Nisaba000 (Australia) <=== Book is here
6. mrbaggins1 (South Africa) - will ship anywhere
back to bearyfriend (Singapore)
BUT it is a great piece of literature - I was very captured by the story. I had not read the comments at the two first pages of the book and was a bit surprised by the lesbian twist - not what you expect in a historic novel - but it fitted nicely with the rest of the story. I had thougth about different possible ways the story might take and was very surprised by the way it turned out. I love the two-way look upon the story - and then I will tell no more - read it and love it!
Thank you so much for sharing this book with me bearyfriend!
I have PM'ed carelaisa and will get the book in the mail as soon as possible!
I will read it this month and pass it along hopefully real soon :)
Thanks bearyfriend for starting this ring and christina82 to pass it along (also thanks for the little things you enclosed with the book!).
Overall, I liked better than Affinity and it got me into reading the other novels by this author.
I have mailed the book to the next BCer today, Nov26th, so it should get there in about 2 weeks!
I have contacted Miss-Owl, next on the list, to pass this along.
Finally sent off to Miss-Owl today...we were snowbound for a week...I'm glad it's on its way!
What I enjoyed best was the vivid evocation of lives that felt real - the thieving community of the Borough; the stony isolation of Briar; the horror-filled claustrophia of the madhouse... and above all, a staggering vision of the helplessness of the individual woman in an era of such rigid social stratifications. The madness - or teetering on its brink - seemed very, very real.
I'm not sure I accept the central premise at the core of the story, but I did enjoy the two girls' voices - kind of the difference between a fiddle and a viola, if you know what I mean.
There - I hope I've written well enough about it without giving too much away!
I have pm'ed Nisaba000 for her address.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Sorry for the delay - work has been crazy & I've just made it to the post office before 5pm today.
Moving on to the next reader!
Well! That was a roller-coaster of a read! A thick volume set in the horrors of Victorian England (aren't I glad I wasn't alive then and there!), it is dark and Dickensian in its documentation of how to survive in a hard society without a social security safety-net, of violence and sexual abuse, of the horrible way in which the insane and simple-minded were treated. The section documenting Susan's confinement in an insane asylum reminded me strongly, in that way, of http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4776274, which looked at an American woman facing mental health issues at around the same time.
Even the "Happy Ending", which is there to please readers, isn't really: Susan gets to find a girl she loved and gets to be told she is rich and the house is hers; but that will be just the start of her problems as she deals with accessing the wealth that is just so many words so far and has no reality in cold hard cash or legal documents.
I have previously seen a television adaptation of this book, and having finally read the book I have immense admiration for the adaptors: while they couldn't find a way to get the Maud Point of View in, they followed Susan's story very faithfully and made sense of it all, without doing a disservice to the book or changing the plot around to make it more commercial.
If BearyFriend could PM me with an address ...
All around there are books sipping cool drinks under shady palms while other books participate in a wide variety of beach sports. There is plenty of sand, surf and sun here for all of the lost and wayward books to enjoy.
It is hoped that very soon a new journal entry will come to rescue this book from the island and send it back out into the BookCrossing world so that it may continue on its journey. It is hoped that the new journal entry will tell all the interested parties where this book has been this long time and where it will be traveling to next.