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  - lauralkeet - LibraryThing

Set in Victorian England, this is the story of Sugar, a prostitute, and her relationship with William Rackham, a wealthy perfume manufacturer. William is drawn to Sugar based on a description of her ... Read full review

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User Review  - Booktrovert - LibraryThing

okay so -- man!! i really wanted to like this book way more than i did. i ended up disappointed, but it's not surprising because faber's stylistic devices irritated the shit out of me very early on. i ... 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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