The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests

Book - 2014
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It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.
Publisher: New York, New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
ISBN: 9781594633119
1594633118
Branch Call Number: FIC WATERS
Characteristics: 566 pages ; 24 cm

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AL_ANNAL Dec 14, 2017

The setting is post WWI London, experiencing post traumatic stress; the characters are from the upper and the "clerk" classes; the plot is reminiscent of Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment."

The “volcanically sexy” (USA Today) bestseller about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home..." Named a 2014 best book!

LPL_KimberlyL Sep 28, 2017

I read this book over two years ago, but I continue to think about it on a regular basis. Sarah Waters is a mastermind when it comes to compelling stories and richly detailed historical fiction. Her writing style is so lush and well-researched, you almost feel as if you are a time traveler! If you have yet to read any of her works, this is a great place to start.

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ctkvlk
Aug 11, 2017

Started out as a charming, old-fashioned story, but then introduced a lesbian theme. Really? Does every book today have to have overt sex (gay or hetero) in it? Just ruined the book for me. Too bad, because it had potential. I'm not against relationships in a book when appropriate for the storyline, but this seemed so contrived. Disappointing.

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bluegardenia29
Aug 24, 2016

Great book with wonderful characters. Gives the reader a glimpse of life in England after the first world war. The subject may not be for all readers. It's an unconventional love story....and a thriller. Highly recommend.

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GLynn
Mar 21, 2016

I found it to be a dreary story about dreary people with too many words. Like many other readers I think it could have been edited to a more manageable length.

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Deebean
Mar 15, 2016

There should have been serious editing done to this book!! The actual story line wasn't bad, but there were many unnecessary details and descriptions that didn't even pertain to the story. I would have given it a better rating if she had cut about 100 pages out of the book.

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scatdiane
Mar 03, 2016

I found this book entertaining and engrossing, but I am interested in the time period, between the World Wars and how people lived then. The murder mystery part of it was almost too intense for me, but I am not much into thrillers

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JILLYJELLY
Mar 02, 2016

I liked this book but it could have had about half the pages deleted and still have been an effective and engaging story. It needed some good editing. Still, I did enjoy it...especially the ending!

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KellyReader
Nov 02, 2015

I did not enjoy this tedious book at all. The writing was pretty, but the plot was dull and tired. I skipped pages and pages at a time just to get through it.

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joanieg19902
Oct 15, 2015

Even with many of the main characters that do not stand up as being honorable, this is an excellent book. The post WWI setting in England is part of its charm.

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Aug 07, 2015

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quagga Dec 30, 2014

"But the end, Frances wanted to say, was impossible to imagine. It was like the idea that one would grow old, when one was thrumming with youth; like the knowledge that one would die, when one felt full to one's fingertips with life."

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