The Crimson Petal and the White

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Canongate Books, Nov 1, 1999 - Fiction - 864 pages
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Sugar, an alluring, nineteen-year-old whore in the brothel of the terrifying Mrs Castaway, yearns for a better life and her ascent through the strata of 1870's London society offers us intimacy with a host of loveable, maddening and superbly realised characters. Gripping from the first page, this immense novel is an intoxicating and deeply satisfying read, not only a wonderful story but the creation of an entire, extraordinary world.

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User Review  - gendeg - LibraryThing

Victorian-era novels—those British classics from the 19th century—certainly have their appeal. I immediately think of the Bronte sisters, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, and, of course, Charles Dickens ... Read full review

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User Review  - janismack - LibraryThing

The only problem with this book was it was too long. I liked the story and the main character Sugar. I was hoping for a good life for her. The Victorian era in England was so stifling and constrictive ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

MICHEL FABER has written seven books, including the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fahrenheit Twins and the Whitbread-shortlisted novel Under the Skin. The Apple, based on characters in The Crimson Petal and the White, was published in 2006. He has also written two novellas, The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps (2001) and The Courage Consort (2002), and has won several short-story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the Scottish Highlands.

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