by Sarah Waters | Gay & Lesbian |
ISBN: 1573228737 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 8/17/2008
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 17, 2008
From the Publisher
An upper-class woman, recovering from a suicide attempt, visits the women''s ward of Millbank prison as part of her rehabilitation. There she meets Selina, an enigmatic spiritualist -- and becomes drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina''s freedom, and her own...

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A young upper-class woman, Margaret Prior, just recovering from a suicide attempt starts to visit the women in Millbank prison. There she meets Selina Dawes who is jailed because of a seance gone wrong. Selina is a spiritualist.

As the story progresses Margaret seems to be more and more drawn to her. At the same time Margaret's home life is becoming more and more difficult. Her siblings are all married and she is hounded by her mother. She is taking more and more drugs for her 'spells'

I disliked this story. It is dark and forbidding just like the prison. I have read Waters before and loved her stories but this just did not ring at all true. Who in their right mind would allow a young person who had just tried to commit suicide to visit in a dark place like a prison or to be left alone for any length of time at all? Wouldn't her mother try to keep things light and not depressing? Also this concept of Victorian ladies having to faint, have headaches or swoon is beyond my thinking. Oh yes, and let us overcompensate these conditions by handing out drugs or better yet letting these young ladies take whatever amount of drugs they wish. I guess the best thing I took away from this book is that all Victorian ladies have no brain cells.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 10, 2013
My mom, AceofHearts, passed away from breast cancer on September 17, 2013. Aside from being one of the best people I know, she was an avid reader and took immense pleasure in Bookcrossing, her book club, and reading many great books.

Before she passed, she showed me all of her owed books and the books she wanted to give away as RABCKs, making sure that I would send everything on should anything happen. This book was marked for Tabby90 as a RABCK.

Sent today.

Journal Entry 4 by tabby90 at High Point, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Oh wow, thanks for the book. So sorry to hear about AceofHearts. My mother in law passed from breast cancer a few years ago and about the only good thing I can say about it is that she had a chance to say all the things she wanted to say ahead of time and her family was as prepared as they could be. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Journal Entry 5 by tabby90 at High Point, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
I started the book and what I read was intriguing but I'm just not in the mood for 'literature' these days. Just the quick and dirty escapism. So I've mailed this off to someone from bookmooch.

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