I finished reading Tipping the Velvet on Wednesday night after a long hiatus from the book. My dear friend, Jackie, recommended I read it because she loved it to pieces. Admittedly, it was quite shocking considering it’s the tale of lesbian lovers. I wouldn’t quite call this a masterpiece, but it’s a good piece of modern literature. Here’s a condensed summary (it’s a long summary and the book is semi-lengthy):
A classic picaresque, Tipping the Velvet chronicles the adventures of Nancy King, who begins life as an oyster girl whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler. When Kitty is called up to London, Nan follows as her dresser and secret lover. Before long, Nan dons trousers herself, and the two male impersonators become a celebrated pair of the stage. But when Kitty betrays her, a solitary, heartbroken Nan reinvents herself as a butch roue, navigating her way through London’s flourishing gay demimonde as she pursues her thrilling sexual education.
First off, sexual education? The summary says it so properly, but oh it’s not proper at all! Yet, I’d still recommend this book to anyone, but my mother, for all its plot.
Now, I’ve added a new third book to my current reads: The Phantom of the Opera. All three books are for school. Ack! Overwhelming, but fun. King Lear and A Thousand Acres parallel so well!! An older and a more modern take on the story. It’s promising. :]
J-school tomorrow. I should study tonight. Ack!
Ah, I made up a quiz and a test on Wednesday for AP English and AP Economics, respectively. I got an A- on the multiple choice and an A for the three free responses for AP Econ; I feel ecstatic.
Oh this has been such a bi-polar week. Rock bottom to a strange contentedness. I don’t question it.
Self pity’s meaningless.