Londra, 1874. Margaret Prior, giovane donna di buona famiglia, decide di prestare opera di volontariato nella prigione femminile di Millbanks e portare conforto alle detenute costrette a una vita dietro le sbarre. Tra queste incontra la bellissima e conturbante Selina Dawes, una medium dal volto d'angelo, dotata di poteri soprannaturali. L'attrazione tra le due donne è palpabile, ma a mano a mano che le visite di Margaret alla prigione s'infittiscono, misteriosi eventi le accadono: un lucchetto sparito dalla sua stanza, fiori che appaiono dal nulla, quella donna che sembra sapere tutto di lei e del suo passato e che, soprattutto, sembra innamorata di lei.
Sullo sfondo della Londra vittoriana, un romanzo pieno di potere e di passione, denso di erotismo, ma oscuro e inquietante, dove mystery e atmosfere gotiche si fondono con esito avvincente.
- ISBN: 8850247389
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 414
- Data di uscita: 12-10-2017
Oh, Sarah Waters, the lesbian Charles Dickens. Some think she’s boring and I totally understand that. Nothing can be more mundane than flowing, ornate sentences filled with imagery strong enough to physically transport you to the setting, right? And don’t get me started on that gorgeous historically Leggi tutto
In reading the gothic psychological novel Affinity , it is nearly impossible to shake off an overwhelming feeling of gloom and pervasive dread. Following a failed suicide attempt, a young "lady visitor" named Margaret Prior develops a relationship with an inmate named Selina Dawes in a Victorian wome Leggi tutto
As seen on The Readventurer It is almost impossible to say anything about the plot of Affinity without spoiling something, so I'll refrain from recapping. A wealthy, depressed old maid starts visiting a women's prison and quickly finds herself taken by an inmate, a young spiritualist - that's all you Leggi tutto
I absolutely adored this. Sarah Waters is such an incredible writer and fast becoming one of my favourites. The plotting is brilliant, the themes fascinating, the historical world building spot on, and the charactisation impeccable. Would highly recommend!!
Sarah Waters, at this stage, must be the accepted queen of Victorian Gothic lesbian melodrama; not, I imagine, that there is much competition for this title, but I think it's a deserved one nonetheless. In many ways, the plot of Affinity is like that of the other work of Waters' that I have read, Fin Leggi tutto
I have said it before, I will say it again. I cannot fathom how Sarah Waters does it, how she can draw the reader into this entirely other world, this other period, time, place, complete immersion. Even something simple like the protagonist Miss Prior's afternoon in The Spiritualists' Reading Room i Leggi tutto
Oh wow, that was so good! I haven’t read Sarah Waters before and I will definitely be reading more. Set in the early 1870s in London, Margaret Prior, recovering from a suicide attempt after the death of her father, starts visiting the female prisoners in Milbank prison and becomes obsessed with one, Leggi tutto
"Sexy, Spooky, Stylish" - that's the blurb on the cover. If I was not a Sarah Waters fan already, I would have picked up the book based on those words. How can you resist a book with that description? After reading the book, I can safely say that those words are an accurate description of Affinity.
Generally, I don't pick up random books at Barnes and Noble that I don't already know a little about. However, I made an exception with Affinity because it seemed intriguing - my mistake. Firstly, the book dabbles in the supernatural world of psychics whom I already believe to be some of the origina Leggi tutto
Have you ever read a book and experienced de ja vu at the ending??? I thought this book was one I haven't read before (I still think so) but at the end.. it seemed vaguely familiar as if I had read it. I wasn't too surprised and thought "Wait.. I think I read this before." Chalk it up to the creepy
L'ho osservata con attenzione per forse un minuto, in cui ha tenuto gli occhi completamente chiusi e il capo perfettamente immobile. Sembrava ci fosse qualcosa di devozionale nella sua immobilità, così ho finito col pensare che stesse pregando e ho distolto lo sguardo, in preda a un'improvvisa vergogna.