The Crimson Petal and the White
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thebookmagpie - LibraryThing
This was a really, really weird book. I read about 150 pages before I decided that it really was not worth it. I couldn't bring myself to care about the plot, and the writing was abysmal. Also, his ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing
Set in 1870s London, Crimson Petal and the White is a brilliantly plotted chronicle of the collision between high and low, as played out in the complex relationship between would-be writer and ... Read full review