Sarah Waters - Affinity Review

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Al.'s review of Sarah Waters - Affinity


“The book 'Sarah Waters Affinity' is about a...”

Written on: 31/01/2002 by Al. (1 review written)

Good Points
The author really draws you in so that you completely identify with the main character and feel what she is feeling - pretty clever for a book called "Affinity", huh?

Bad Points
Shellshocked after reading it!

General Comments
The book 'Sarah Waters Affinity' is about a relationship that develops between two Victorian women. One is Margaret, a lady of fairly good social standing who is pretty much past marriageable age and is recovering from some kind of deep (and initially unspecified) emotional trauma, perhaps connected to the death of her father. The other is Selena, a spiritualist who has been jailed for alleged assault and fraud.

The story takes the form of a series of diary entries from both the main characters. It begins with Margaret deciding to become a "Lady Visitor" at a nearby London prison, in the hope that this will somehow take her mind off her recent trauma. There she meets Selena, a discredited spiritualist who fascinates her, and a compelling relationship begins. As the book progresses, both Margaret and the reader are more and more drawn to Selena, and gradually become convinced that she is not a fraud. I can't tell you what happens at the end, but I will say that it affected me strongly for days after I finished the book.

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