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The Dress Lodger (Ballantine Reader's Circle) (1998 original; edició 2001)

de Sheri Holman (Autor)

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A novel on the hardship of the Industrial Revolution through the eyes of an Englishwoman forced to be a prostitute to make ends meet. A potter's assistant during the day, she changes at night into a gown, rented by her pimp to walk the narrow streets. It is cold and business is slow. By the author of A Stolen Tongue.… (més)
Membre:AnneliF
Títol:The Dress Lodger (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Autors:Sheri Holman (Autor)
Informació:Ballantine Books (2001), Edition: 1st Ballentine Books ed, 320 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
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Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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The Dress Lodger de Sheri Holman (1998)

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Sheri Holman is an astonishing writer, and this is the first of her novels that I'd read. Part Dickens in its depiction of lives of poverty and social injustice, part Bram Stoker in its gothicness at times. Holman creates unique and memorable, even haunting, characters, both sympathetic and unsavory, and lets us see their hearts without imposing her judgments on us. The introductory scene with Foz and Les Chats Savants is truly one of the most memorable things I've ever read. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
The story behind this book had a lot of potential, however the execution of the story failed, in my opinion. While some may like the way this story was told, I found it confusing and difficult to follow. It did not keep my attention and I found myself skimming a lot. I enjoyed learning about the cholera epidemic and distrust of doctors during this time. I just wish the writing style was different so I could have enjoyed the storytelling. ( )
  CASDonnelly218 | Feb 1, 2021 |
The Dress Lodger is a grim and unsavoury Dickens.

The writing is very descriptive, bordering on purple prose. It begins with a “fourth wall” technique speaking to the character just written, and continues throughout to use uniquely creative techniques. The characters are well drawn, if occasionally stereotypical.

This is not a novel for the squeamish or easily offended. You will learn a lot about Cholera, grave robbing, vivisection and prostitution. Maybe more than you bargained for.

My patience did grow thin with the wordiness towards the end of the book. I really wanted to be done with it. While it’s an extremely good story, the manner of its telling left me feeling depressed and disheartened. I was glad to be moving on. ( )
  Zumbanista | Feb 10, 2019 |
Prostitution, grave-robbing, disease that makes people's skin turn blue... combine all this with a one-eyed hag, a child whore, a baby with a grotesque chest deformity, and a hot-headed doctor = one heck of a gritty look at 1830s England. Not for the faint-of-heart but a compelling, historically valid (much researched) look at the underclass in the 'bad old days.' This historical fiction takes a hard look at the epicenter of the cholera epidemic, Sunderland, England and the lengths people who have little will go to to survive. ( )
  mjspear | Jan 12, 2019 |
The story starts out in great detail the first couple of pages drew me in, then gets a little strange by including the we in reader and story teller? Then page 4,5 I was slapped in the face with two f'bombs, and continues with a g-d, a slang word for a female body part, rape and a dead body. That's just the first chapter. The author succeeded in making me disgusted that she couldn't find a more talented or skillful way of describing the life of the main character.
I turn to the back of the book, who in the world IS THIS main character?! Ah, she's a prostitute. My mistake.
I bought the book awhile back and my life and way of thinking has changed a great deal since then. Perhaps I would have liked it then, but as for now, this type of writing is no longer a part of my library. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
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A novel on the hardship of the Industrial Revolution through the eyes of an Englishwoman forced to be a prostitute to make ends meet. A potter's assistant during the day, she changes at night into a gown, rented by her pimp to walk the narrow streets. It is cold and business is slow. By the author of A Stolen Tongue.

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