🦋 Victorian London is a magical place. Bustling with curiosity, age of discovery, full of art, weird, first tries in technology and filled to the brim with all sorts of extravagant characters. This is the picture that The Doll Factory presents to us. Set in 1850s, Grand Exhibition is about to open, and everyone is excited.
🦋 Twins Iris and Rose work in a shop, run by the drug-addicted mistress, selling handmade porcelain dolls. Iris is painting their faces and hands and Rose is making fine detailed garments. Iris dreams of becoming an artist and a lucky encounter with a young painter change her life forever. Meanwhile, a taxidermist by the name of Silas has also noticed Iris’ beauty and begins to obsess about her. He is a collector of weird, unusual and creepy things and a sinister character that wants Iris for himself, for his collection.
🦋 The author did a fantastic job of describing dark and mysterious streets of Victorian London. It is a book about obsession, love, woman’s role in society and sisterhood. The imperfections of the characters make this book so unique. Iris, with the twisted collarbone, Louis with his family secret and wicked Silas’ obsession. The story builds slowly, layer upon layer until we were sitting on the edge of our seats.
🦋 The title of the book was the main topic that provoked the most significant discussion. In the end, we agreed that everyone in the story is building and toying with their own doll factory. Another interesting point was the feminism theme in the book and what it cost Iris to become who she is in the 19th century.
4 shillings out of 5 from both of us, highly recommended.
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