The author makes some comments on this at the end, but for the first few pages at least it is a little unsettling. Throughout the book the omnipresent narrator is yet another character; an opinionated, interested observer whose identity is revealed towards the end of the book. Gustine the main character was just flat. All in all, the book is a decent, mostly engaging read. About this Item: Atlantic Monthly Pr.
Hence the novel's title: Gustine is only a ''lodger'' in the dress, ''a rented self''; as she soon comes to realize, she can have no true voice when she is wearing it. She walks the streets at night, followed by a one eyed woman who is supposed to make sure she doesn't run off with the dress. I'm not sure exactly what happened in the second half of the book, but somehow the spell was broken. For in a story such as this, we must not trust ourselves, because blah blah blah. The Dress Lodger is part thriller, part character study, part social treatise. There aren't a lot of likable characters in this book, which can make it a tough read, as well as the backdrop of the cholera epidemic.
So, I picked up Holman's book in anticipation of finally reading what I expected to be a fine book. This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. The cholera was described in a way that made it seem a little unrealistic not being an expert on the subject, I can't judge, and it probably was described well, but it just felt a little fantastical. The prose is a bit heavy-handed at times and is weighed down by Holman's odd narratological choices. I read this in two sittings, the first one of eight hours where I could not put it down. Bodies are at the heart of both novels, bodies dead and alive. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Remember, the cholera epidemic starts slowly, but soon speeds through house after house, town after town and then country after country. In another hundred years, 'Holmanian' may be a short form for tragic thriller, or some such unhelpful sub-category. Since age nine, Gustine has worked six days a week in a pottery factory, and now to support her son, she walks the streets wearing a dress rented from Whilky Robinson, her landlord and pimp. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Speaking of the end, I found the resolution of this story very satisfying. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture.
I found it irritating and intruding, and I found myself skimming a great deal of the book to by pass the narrator. An interesting vehicle to tell the story is a startling blue This is a dark story of a prostitute and doctors set during the time of the cholera epidemic in the mid 1800's. As a young surgeon, Henry Chiver, who has come to Sunderland to escape his past association with Burke and Hare, puts it, ''The poor cannot help but know they are worth more to us dead than alive. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.
Holman touches on the fact that even if one was lucky enough to have a job that just barely kept you from starving, the job itself would probably kill you from phosphorus poisoning, from mercury poisoning, from lead poisoning, from dange The Dress Lodger is the kind of historical fiction that makes the reader get down on her hands and knees and kiss 21st century ground! Otherwise, it would be a good idea to choose something else. This is not a book for a pleasant reading session! Finally, I enjoyed the discussions of the rich vs. Does not monstrosity forever shadow beauty? There is much more story to this than that! The story is dark and gruesome, but the writing is so enveloping and pert that I didn't feel as if I was readin I adored this book, but couldn't get beyond the first few pages until the second try, over a year later. Her baby was on the edge of death. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges.
Great stress is being put on the medical factor. Holman inconsistently employs a fair amount of narrative trickery that didn't seem to add much to the book, and the lack of subtlety became frustrating after a while. Being swept away by the momentum of the mob mentality, there was little time for reflection on the intensity of the action, which was a beautiful contrast to the very descriptive writing used to convey previous dissections of sneakily acquired cadavers. Holman writes with a remarkable Dickensian flair. I'm not sure exactly what happened in the second half of the book, but somehow the spell was broken. The 15 year old protagonist, Gustine, is a potter's assistant by day, and prostitute by night. I highly recommend it but, as I say, don't read it when you're down.
But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. This is a complicated story about an orphan girl who becomes a prostitute and has a baby with its heart born outside its chest. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. And the narrative style is. The author makes some comments on this at the end, but for the first few pages at least it is a An interesting contrast to The Mammoth Cheese by Ms Holman. The narrative method is forced and overdone, too clearly a gimmick. One of those books that I set down after finishing and had to catch my breath and let everything sink in.