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Tag: Michel Faber

More Crimson Petal (Hurrah!)

The Apple: Crimson Petal Stories, by Michel Faber

After reading The Crimson Petal and the White and utterly adoring it, I wanted to wait for a while before I read The Apple. It just makes me want to read the book all over again! Michel Faber writes really quirky and entertaining short stories about a variety of major and minor characters. The best part is that one of them does include snippets of information about what happened to Sugar after the end of Crimson Petal. Really though this book was just an excuse to remember and gush about its predecessor. I feel really jealous of anyone reading Crimson Petal for the first time because it is such a great experience.

The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber

I finished 838 pages of pure perfection and immediately went and bought my own copy. Instantly makes my top five books of all time. I read it getting sadder and sadder because each page I turned I would never read for the first time again!  Briefly, it is about a prostitute called Sugar, her sugar daddy, his mad wife, his wannabe reverend brother, his unattainable love…. Not to mention a historical romp around victorian london. I keep trying to write a review but I just cannot do it justice. Just trust me, this is truly excellent.

Agnes Rackham’s bedroom, whose windows are never opened and whose door is always closed, fills up every night with her breath. One by one, her exhalations trickle off her pillow onto the floor; then, breath by breath, they rise, piling on top of each other like invisible feathers, until they’re nestling against the ceiling, growing denser by the hour.
Michel Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White