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The Crimson Petal and the White

by Michel Faber

I have been completely absorbed
by this book. It is set in 19th century London and recounts the tale of Sugar, a prostitute, who is taken as a mistress by a wealthy businessman. At times it is very funny but Sugar's story and that of the other two main female characters, also reflects the condition and constraints of women at this time.

Suggested by Pats, London

Tagged with: - addictive compelling curious entertaining gripping, interesting mesmerising

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I discovered this book after reading Michel Faber's collection of short stories, 'The Apple' which he wrote after 'The Crimsonm Petal and the White'. At first I was a bit put off by the length of the book - it looked like it would take years to get through! However, once I started I couldn't put it down. It is very grim in parts, but all the more compelling because of it. The historical detail is brilliant, and gives a real insight into Victorian culture.
Emily Hurt
The language is vile, and the subject distasteful but gloss over that and enjoy ... I have very nearly finished it, but do not want it to end. From the very first paragraph it grabbed me and won't let me go.
Linda, Bromley
I have just started reading it. Mesmerising opening. The ploy to use the reader as a character works really well. Very interesting use of contemporary language for a Victorian novel.
Polly, London

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