Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Although I received The Virgin Cure this past Christmas from my brother (smart boy), I let it sit on the shelf for the past 4 months, frightened that it wouldn't live up to my high expectations. Once I worked up the courage to start reading it, however, my worries disappeared as I was swept away by Moth's touching (and sometimes disturbing) narration. While The Virgin Cure still wasn't quite as good as The Birth House, I was happy to discover by the end of the book that I wasn't disappointed.
One of the things that I loved most about The Virgin Cure was the topic that the novel focused on. This may sound extremely weird, but I've always been fascinated by the dark, seedy side of life during the Victorian period, like opium addiction, brothels, ect. Ami McKay definitely did a FABULOUS job depicting what it would have been like for a young girl to work in a brothel (although I'm sure in reality it would have been a lot more horrible then what the reader actually gets shown). It's pretty obvious that McKay did her homework when it came to providing historical details throughout the novel!
Speaking of historical details, one of the other things that I LOVED about The Virgin Cure was the pieces of commentary included in the margins of the book. In these commentaries the reader is given greater insight into everything from the clothes that women would have worn, to details about the medical equipment used by doctors during that time period. Reading these little snippets made me want to rush to my computer constantly to learn more about how people lived in the Victorian era!
So would I recommend The Virgin Cure? Definitely, yes! While it may not receive as much acclaim from me as The Birth House did, I still loved it and can't wait to see what this amazing author comes up with next. A word of warning to those who are a bit sensitive about topics like rape and prostitution though, as you may find a couple of scenes in the book a little uncomfortable. Ami McKay certainly knows how to make her readers squirm, but in the end the story is really powerful!
Rating: 4.5 Stars