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Mixed Feelings

Advantages: Thought-provoking, delightful writing style
Disadvantages: Hard-going, slow-moving

Focusing on an episode in the life of Edward Manners in which he emigrates to a Belgian city (unnamed in the text) to tutor students of English, The Folding Star examines the natures of love, lust and obsession. Marketed as a 'gay novel', the novel's num ...

a9robert 07.06.2008 · Read full review
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Good Read

Advantages: Interestingly diverse
Disadvantages: Heavy going in places

After reading The Swimming Pool Library I thought I would try another by the same author........Although I did not enjoy this one quite as much, non the less it is definitely a good read. It is based around Edward Manners who escapes England to go and li ...

robertedgerton 16.07.2000 · Read full review
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darkly intriguing

Advantages: beautifully descriptive
Disadvantages: incredibly slow paced

...i chose to read this book before the swimming pool library. whilst the folding star is certainly a slow paced book it is laced with side stories of pain & death starkly mirrored by the hopes of youth, the graphic depictions of gay sex may be quite strong ...

mrandys 23.07.2010 · Read full review
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Tipping the velvet

Advantages: Gripping story
Disadvantages: Definitely not for everyone

'Tipping the Velvet', set in the 1880's during Victorian England, tells the coming of age story of 18 year old Nancy Astley, who is from a working class family that own an oyster restaurant. We join Nancy on her journey of self discovery, love and heartbr ...

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TIPPING THE VELVET A LITTLE TOO FAR.

Advantages: Well written though others are better.
Disadvantages: Too graphic.

I have bought every book that Sarah Waters ever published based on my experience of her exquisitely detailed book "Affinity", in which her written style was clear, and detail amazingly real. This book is more well known since it has been televised, althou ...

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