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Timothy Schaffert

Autor(a) de The Coffins of Little Hope

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Obras de Timothy Schaffert

The Coffins of Little Hope (2011) 227 cópias
The Swan Gondola (2014) 215 cópias
The Perfume Thief (2021) 113 cópias
Devils in the Sugar Shop (2007) 42 cópias
Fairy Tale Review: The Brown Issue — Editor — 3 cópias
La ladra di profumi (2022) 2 cópias
Fairy Tale Review: The Emerald Issue (2015) — Editor — 2 cópias
The Lovers of Vertigo 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales (2007) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
You Will Never See Any God: Stories (2014) — Editor, algumas edições12 cópias
Fairy Tale Review: The White Issue (2009) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Faerie Magazine, #25 Winter 2013: Mermaids (2013) — Contribuinte, algumas edições4 cópias
Faerie Magazine, #30 Spring 2013: Wanderlust (2015) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum




Real Rating: 3.8* of five

The Publisher Says: A Gentleman in Moscow meets Moulin Rouge in this stylish, sexy page-turner about Clementine, a queer American expat and notorious thief of rare scents, who has retired to Paris, only to return to her old tricks in hopes of protecting the city she loves when the Nazis invade in 1941.

Clementine is a seventy-two year-old reformed con artist with a penchant for impeccably tailored suits. Her life of crime has led her from the uber-wealthy perfume junkies of belle epoque Manhattan, to the scented butterflies of Costa Rica, to the spice markets of Marrakech, and finally the bordellos of Paris, where she settles down and opens a legitimate shop bottling her favorite extracts for the ladies of the cabarets.

In 1941, as the German's stranglehold on the city tightens, Clem's perfume-making attracts the notice of Oskar Voss, a Francophile Nazi bureaucrat, who comes to demand Clem's expertise and loyalty in his mysterious play for Hitler's favor. Clem has no choice but to surrender fully to the con, but while she knew playing the part of collaborator would be dangerous, she never imagined it would be so painfully intimate. At Oskar's behest, and in an effort to win his trust, Clem recounts the full story of her life and loves, this time without the cover of the lies she came to Paris to escape.

Complete with romance, espionage, champagne towers, and haute couture, this full-tilt sensory experience is a dazzling portrait of the underground resistance of twentieth-century Paris and a passionate love letter to the power of beauty and community in the face of insidious hate.


My Review
: Lush, lovely prose telling a story that made me squirm so hard I wore a hole in my upholstery.

Stories about coercion of trans folks using their identity as trans are not comfortable reads. I do not think this was intended to be a comfy-cozy kind of a read but it was clear in its empathy for its trans main character. So, blessedly, I was not left with the rather unclean film of exploitive appropriative use of trans identity as a negative signifier on my lens into the story.

Still, this story causes me horripilation. As things that have Nazis as the antagonist should.

The felt-like-he-was-factual Oskar Voss, nasty boss Nazi spymaster, based like the rest of the story—as per the author—on real people who were in Paris to escape the judgments of Society in the safety of the big city. Then, the worst-possible worst result happens to them all when the vileness of the Nazis come barging in with their giant, outsized hatreds, and their very overblown sense of purpose. Oskar is typical of the cynical bandwagon-hoppers that puritanical movements attract like horse apples attract dung beetles. He is very much not interested in the ideology of his paymasters. He wants power over others. His means of getting more of his drug is to use whoever and whatever he can to buy himself a seat at a higher-placed table.

Enter Clem(entine). And a lot of Clem's fellow misfits. They need to survive, and their Otherness has equipped them to do this any and every way they possibly can including stealing and blackmailing any and everyone they need to. Oskar wants to ensorcel Hitler with some super-special scent, which TBH just fell flat for me as a motivation...but it led to butch lesbian/transman Clem recounting, for honestly flimsy reasons, her lifetime's-worth of stories to the rapt Oskar. Whatever excuse made that happen is good enough for me.

Clem, a very old person for that era at seventy-two, has Lived A Life, maybe three or even four, in those years. A born tale-teller, as anyone making a living as a con artist and thief operating among the very rich must be, Clem completely wraps Oskar up in the memory palace of the past. How much of it would pass the fact-checking of the internet age, well...who cares. I do not really buy into the motivations of Oskar for any of his actions, but that left me no less delighted to spend time with Clem.

The horrors of Nazi-occupied Paris, the horrors that were to come, all seemed to Clem to be clear because these puritanical control freaks are just like the others from the past. None of it is downplayed, and there are terrible passages in this story, but the way it is presented feels...convenient. Oskar is easily led by his greed for power, Clem is easily swayed by a murky sense of responsibility that all just jelled a bit too patly for this reader.

I will not, though, say anything to discourage anyone who longs for ancestral representation for their own kind to get stuck in right away. I think the transmasculine Clem, while imperfect, is perfectly delightful to spend page time with. The hurts and betrayals of lives long over make for great stories, even knowing they were painful and hard to live. You will come away edified for knowing the honorable, sensible, deeply relatable hero that is Clem.
… (mais)
richardderus | outras 5 resenhas | Feb 16, 2024 |
Pretty good—I read it quickly though my interest waned the further along I got. At the beginning it felt like there some sinister undertones, like the characters weren’t all that they seemed, but that turned out to not be the case. The love triangle was interesting but sometimes just left me wondering: really?
nicole_a_davis | 1 outra resenha | Feb 13, 2024 |
Yorick was supposed to sail on the Titanic as its librarian, but circumstances changed and he was safely on land when the disaster struck. As it happened there were others who escaped death at the last minute, and they all received an invitation to meet. That meeting was the beginning of many changes for Yorick and everybody who attended. This novel delves into their various relationships and the evolution of Yorick's bookstore, with the backdrop of Paris before and during the First World War.
sleahey | 1 outra resenha | Feb 6, 2024 |
Digital audiobook performed by Gabrielle De Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki.

From the book jacket: A Gentleman in Moscow meets Moulin Rouge in this stylish, sexy page-turner about Clementine, a queer American ex-pat and notorious thief who is drawn out of retirement and into one last scam when the Nazis invade Paris on the eve of World War II.

My reactions
This was a marvelous heist caper thriller, featuring interesting characters, several twists and turns and the atmosphere of Paris on the verge of world war. I found it fascinating and exciting and when it was over, I wanted to start it again to catch what I’m sure I must have missed.

Before she lands in Paris in 1930, Clem begins her career in belle-epoch era Manhattan, and travels to Costa Rica and Marrakech in search of ingredients and potions.

Schaffert shines a light on a subset of Parisien society that few tourists experience. Clementine and her friend Zoe St Angel are in a perfect position to encounter some of the famous residents of Paris in this era. They move seamlessly between the artists, crooks, ladies of the evening, and invading Germans. But they have their secrets and their plans to thwart the Nazis. Not only can Clem concoct an intoxicating scent, but she can use her knowledge of chemistry to provide invisible ink or poison, making her a valuable asset to the resistance.

The audiobook is masterfully performed by two talented voice artists: Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki. They have a lot of characters to handle and I am sure I lost track of the plot a few times. Not to take anything away from their performances, but next time, I’ll read this in text format.
… (mais)
BookConcierge | outras 5 resenhas | Aug 31, 2023 |



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