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  • Hardcover
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  • The Paying Guests
  • Sarah Waters
  • English
  • 24 December 2020
  • 9781594633119

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Summary The Paying Guests 108 characters The Paying Guests Be shaken up in unexpected ways Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life or as passions mount and frustration gathers how far reaching and how devastating the disturbances will b. It s with a heavy heart I have decided I am not going to finish reading this properly I did in fact read than halfway through before skimming the whole of the rest right to the end so really I could claim it as read and give it a rating but I m not going to I was looking forward to reading it so much and am so disappointed I didn t like itWaters last book The Little Stranger is one of my favourite books of all time although the general consensus is that it is uite different from the rest of her work and many readers think it is her worst I enjoyed Fingersmith which was truly unputdownable and very emotive if also uite depressing Affinity I found rather dreary though not without its merits Of these I feel The Paying Guests has the most in common with Affinity It is certainly dreary and while beautifully written it is incredibly dull so dull I would have given up much much sooner had it been the work of an author I was unfamiliar with The entirety of the first half was boring mainly building up to a development that every reader will surely anticipate from the first page so there is no suspense but I slogged on through only to be confronted with another twist incident that was also dull and somewhat predictable I also didn t warm to Frances the protagonist at all I found her a cold hard character with few sympathetic ualities At times I felt I really disliked her although I couldn t uite put my finger on why she just seemed like uite an unpleasant person to me I found her pursuit of Lilian pushy and manipulative and I couldn t stop thinking about how horrified I would have been by some of her actions and thoughts had she been a male character With for example Faraday in The Little Stranger this sort of thing didn t spoil the story because he isn t supposed to be likeable you re supposed to think he s a creep that s part of the plot But I felt I was meant to like Frances to want her to get her way and I just didn t I preferred Lilian and felt rather sorry for her but she never seemed to be fleshed out properly and was only seen through Frances eyes Frances mother was very peripheral and Leonard was an obvious sleazeball All in all not a group of people whose fates I could bring myself to care aboutBy the time I reached the halfway mark I had a resolute gut feeling that I wasn t going to like the book no matter what it would have taken something miraculous to change my mind It even made me uestion whether I would really like The Little Stranger that much if I re read it now maybe my tastes have changed so much I wouldn t I have after all struggled to enjoy any historical fiction in recent times and have freuently been disappointed with historical novels others have loved such as the much f ted debut The Miniaturist which itself was compared to Waters I m sorry Karen The ARC will be finding its way to someone who will appreciate it than I did I promise

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Summary The Paying Guests 108 characters The Paying Guests It is 1922 and London is tense Ex servicemen are disillusioned; the out of work and the hungry are demanding change And in South London in a genteel Camberwell villa a large silent house now bereft of brothers husband and even servants life is. this is another stunner from sarah waters who seems to be back to her full strength after the divisive The Little Stranger this book to me was nearly as good as the unbeatable Fingersmith this is her first novel set just post WWI and it is such a perfect setting for her to be writing in considering her typical themes of gender and class WWI was an unprecedented situation for england with far reaching and unforeseen conseuences affecting those left behind while the boys were off fighting the women were left behind to pick up the slack and were granted employment and social opportunities than they had previously enjoyed when the men came back those who managed to survive the fighting they were freuently unable to find work and were resentful suspicious and freuently even violent towards women who had become almost a different species in their absence these men didn t fit into the postwar world they were diminished their prospects had vanished the end of the fighting and the return of the men affected the women too who had flourished in the relaxation of public scrutiny in the different demands of a world without men especially those women who were not looking for a husband to take care of them which brings us to frances frances is adjusting to the postwar climate as best as she is able she is unmarried her father and brothers have died and she and her mother s social position has altered drastically her father s mismanagement of their finances has forced them to go without servants leaving the household chores to frances herself the possibilities the war offered to women like frances have evaporated and she is as resentful as the returned soldiers her prospects just as dried up her life reduced to scrubbing the floor on her hands and knees day after day in order to bring in some money she and her mother suffer the further humiliation of taking on boarders or as they are elegantly termed paying guests renting out a portion of their overlarge house to a lower class young couple lilian and leonard barber the arrival of the barbers is jarring to frances they are young modern and unfettered by the genteel manners to which she is accustomed even though she herself has had a flirtation with impropriety during the war which landed her both in jail and into the arms of another woman but now she is on her own trying desperately to keep up appearances for the sake of her pride and the comfort of her mother and the barbers are a necessary evil to be enduredwhat follows is a difficult period of adjustment where the boundaries between private and public spaces blur the most tense and awkward game of snakes ladders ever is played the forced intimacy of the lodgers breaks down several different types of barriers and then something awful horrible terrible occurs one of the most intensely graphic scenes i have ever read which then paves the way for a series of increasingly precarious situations compromising all of the charactersit s a good thing frances is so good at keeping secretssarah waters is just so so good she has written a deeply romantic morally complicated book that is a triumph both as historical fiction and as a character rich psychological suspense thriller it lacks the mind bending loyalty shifts that made Fingersmith such an outstandingly original work but this stands firmly on its own and is a definite must readGIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIEthree months laterI HAVE IT I HAVE IT I HAVE ITALL MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUEcome to my blog

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Summary The Paying Guests 108 characters The Paying Guests About to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter Frances are obliged to take in lodgersWith the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber a modern young couple of the “clerk class” the routines of the house will. Turn off the phone unplug the television call in sick to work Just do it now before you open the front cover to The Paying Guests so you won t have to tear yourself away later on It s 1922 and life in a dull London suburb has become one of drudgery and tedium for Frances Wray Single in her late 20s and living with her widowed mother Frances has narrowed her world to a pinpoint of housework and Wednesday trips to the cinema Her older brothers were killed in the war and her father s shady financial dealings left her and her mother in ruin without even a cook or a lady s maid A further domestic insult opens the story the Wrays are forced to take in lodgers those paying guests Enter stage left Lilian and Leonard Barber she blowsy but sweet he rakish and flirtatious in a way that leaves Frances slightly ueasy The reader too The small indignities of sharing a home the trips through the Wray s kitchen to access the outdoor toilet the coughs and blowing noses and creaking of floor overhead the chance meetings on the landing in one s dressing gown Sarah Waters chronicles uotidian life in such excruciating detail that we feel as claustrophobic and impinged upon as Frances But we know we must suffer for how else will the butcher and gasman be paid at the end of the monthAnd Voil the genius of Sarah Waters Her scene setting is so exact so rich and full the reader is wholly transported to a place and time She renders the feel of fabrics the scent of cigarettes and sweat the cool damp of a garden at night the weight of a body dragged through the ripe mud the electric touch of a lover s hand slipping over soft eager skin If you have read any other of Waters lush fiction you ll know she sets the bar in the stratosphere when it comes to historical fiction and character depth No crumpet is left untoasted No heart left unscathedBut this is so much than a set piece The Paying Guests is a crime thriller to be sure and something of a courtroom drama in its final chapters but at its heart it is the exploration of a woman s soul Frances Wray tucked awkwardly between the end of the Edwardian era and the beginning of the Jazz Age is stifled by time culture and sexual s that deny her of her very essence She has already paid a stiff price for a previous romance with a woman to acknowledge that she has fallen in love again would be to open the door to her final ruin Yet Frances is wonderfully admirably comfortable with her sexuality It is society that cannot accept her as she is Ironically it is this very society Frances allows to strap her down She could as her former lover has done shuffle off to London only a few tram stops away and live a far freer life Yet she chooses her duty to her mother and manor and remains in a house that produces dust as flesh oozes sweat And oh those choices Worse follows bad and the reader sits with her hand pressed to her throat as she breathlessly turns the pages I remain deliberately obliue about the plot for any further comments would produce only spoilers Don t be intimidated by this tome s heft Once started you will not want to stop


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