Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I was listening to the HUGE audio book of Fingersmith when I found out there had been a film made of the story. I was able to get it rather quickly from Netflix, and watched it recently. The film followed the story very well. There was an interesting view of St. Paul's as the film began.

The story takes place in 1860s London and concerns a group of fingersmiths (or thieves). One of the group comes up with a plan to defraud an heiress of her fortune by planting one of the thieves in her household as a maid.
After Sue Trinder (the thief) is installed in the home of Maud Lilly (the heiress), the two develop a romantic relationship. The their "love scenes" are a bit drawn out, but the story has enough twists and turns to make it interesting.

Because the audio book went on for far too long (in my opinion), I preferred the film version.

Final Verdict for Fingersmith : Three Gherkins, for an overall Dickensian feel


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