The Butcher's Hook

The Butcher's Hook

Book - 2016
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Anne Jaccob is coming of age in late eighteenth-century London, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. When she is taken advantage of by her tutor -- a great friend of her father's -- and is set up to marry a squeamish snob named Simeon Onions, she begins to realize just how powerless she is in Victorian society. Anne is watchful, cunning, and bored. Her saviour appears in the form of Fub, the butcher's boy. Their romance is both a great spur and an excitement. Anne knows she is doomed to a loveless marriage to Onions and she is determined to escape with Fub and be his mistress. But will Fub ultimately be her salvation or damnation? And how far will she go to get what she wants?
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, House of Anansi Press Inc.,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781487000998
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 21 cm

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allanaaa
Jun 20, 2016

This book starts out Jane Eyre and ends Sweeney Todd.

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DCGerlitz
Jun 01, 2016

An interesting plot carefully scripted. I particularly enjoyed the author's writing technique.

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nidofito
Mar 20, 2016

Goddamn, this book.

I was afraid of what I might get to read with that blurb but it was more than I thought. You know when something terrible's happening and you shouldn't look but you do anyway? That's what this book is like.

And now I know why women were always found to commit crimes of passion. Any woman repressed and isolated as Anne had been, any woman with two brain cells to rub, would go crazy. Of course, I do not side with our anti-heroine but the first half of the book very nicely shows how an awkward, curious girl can either become brain-dead or demented living in a Georgian society.

That ending with the Jacobite was a nice touch. I wouldn't be surprised if our Anne met a similar, anti-climatic ending.

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allanaaa
Jun 20, 2016

allanaaa thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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