Crimson Petal And The White

Paperback | July 14, 2003

byMichel Faber

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One of the most talked-about novels of the year, this international bestseller gives new meaning to the term “unputdownable.” Reviewers and readers everywhere have been eagerly abandoning their everyday lives for days and even weeks on end, refusing to leave Michel Faber’s vividly realized fictional world. They are captivated by Sugar, an enigmatic nineteen-year-old prostitute whose story begins in a hellish nineteenth-century London brothel. Struggling to lift her body and soul out of the gutter, Sugar claws her way up the social ladder to gain refuge in the wealthy family of her besotted lover, William Rackham, unwilling heir to a perfumery. Now in the popular Perennial format, The Crimson Petal and the White is a gripping tale, extraordinarily rich, intricate and intoxicating to the final page.

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One of the most talked-about novels of the year, this international bestseller gives new meaning to the term “unputdownable.” Reviewers and readers everywhere have been eagerly abandoning their everyday lives for days and even weeks on end, refusing to leave Michel Faber’s vividly realized fictional world. They are captivated by Sugar,...

MICHEL FABER has written five previous books, including the international bestseller The Crimson Petal and the Whiteand the Whitbread Award finalist Under the Skin. He has also won several short story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St. James and Macallan Short Fiction Prizes. Some Rain Must Fall, his debut collection, won the Sal...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:912 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:July 14, 2003Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0006392172

ISBN - 13:9780006392170

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ebook full of errors This Kobo edition is full of formatting, spelling, and punctuation errors. Very disappointing distraction to an otherwise wonderful read.
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Into It I am a huge historical fiction fan and this book came highly recommended to me from a good friend. That being said, I didn't enjoy this book at all. I disliked the characters and the writing style. I hung on, hoping it would improve, but if anything, as the story continued I ended up disliking it even more! After struggling through more than 800 pages I felt like I wasted so much good reading time! I thought it would be more about Sugar and her attempts to overcome her station in life. She starts out as a strong woman (although still depending on prostituting herself to men) who is self-educated and who wishes more for herself and others in her position but she becomes dependant on William (her john) and loses sight of her goals and independance.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would read this book a thousand times I was absolutely blown away by this book. Usually books of this length tend to intimidate me, but once the author got a hold of my attention there was no turning back. My absolute favourite part of the story is the narration. At first the book talks to you. Of course we know this is the author breaking through the wall between book and reader, but it's not intrusive at all. And soon this god-like narrator fades into the background tapestry that is the story. The description is fantastic and befits a novel that takes place during some of England's most dirty times. You can hear, see, taste and smell the filth and even when you leave the dregs of society behind for better pastures, you can still feel the grime on your skin. That, my friends, is what makes a book excellent.
Date published: 2008-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Engaging Be prepared to be drawn into a world of 1876 London so detailed and engrossing that you will gasp for fresh air. The story begins in the world of the disenfranchised. Prostitutes who have more money than labourers, but are so low as to be written up in a men's guidebook to the brothels of old London. Faber creates his heroine from this clay, and follows her winding rise from the cruelty of the street to the mirror-image cruelty of the upper classes. The plot weaves its way around love, fear, lust, and power. Yet Faber is able to craft his tale in such sensual detail that you can taste, and feel, and believe that you have actually physically been to 19th century London.
Date published: 2003-08-07