The Crimson Petal starts with a prostitute. Now, Faber does a great job of bringing you into the world of Victorian England with great language, an easy story telling narrative, and scandal. The prostitute we start with isn't a main character, but she does show up a few more times. The main character is a girl named Sugar. Yes, she is a prostitute. But she is such a likable prostitute. You can't help but fall in love with this woman on her journey. She meets a somewhat down in the world William Rackham who turns his fortunes around to give Sugar whatever she wants. 800 pages may seem like a HUGE book, and yes it is. But it is such a great read that you probably won't notice the size. I read this book as slow as I could because I wanted to savor every moment of it. The Apple was much the same way, although much much shorter. I highly recommend both of these. However, reader be warned!! If you are easily offended by sexual things in books, I don't suggest you read this. It IS about a prostitute after all. But it will give you an interesting look into the world of prostitution back in Victorian London.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Why am I reviewing two books in one go?? I'll tell ya why. Because you can't not read The Apple after reading The Crimson Petal and The White. Michael Faber wrote a wonderfully brilliant novel that led me through 800 pages of awesomeness, only to drop me off in the middle of nowhere. I fell in love with the characters and felt so sad when the book ended because.. well, there wasn't much of an end. Then I discovered The Apple. Faber followed up TCPatW with a great little novella of short stories. I finally found out what happened to the characters that I felt so connected to.