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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
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Mar 26, 08

bookshelves: for-fun
Recommended to Mary by: a lit professor
Recommended for: those interested in good prose or the the victorian era or both

I really enjoyed this book...the opening chapter was really unusual and drew me in with it's first-person tour-guide-through-the-labrynth tone. The story is ultimately about a Victorian era prostitute named Sugar who is unusually alluring but underneath despises the men around her because she is smarter than they are. The other major characters, who all tie into Sugar's story in a six-degrees-of-separation way, have various other sad and unrealized dreams and desires. And the hypocracy between the classes and the vice vs social acceptance conflict of the era play a huge part in the storyline.
The story is lyrically written and quick despite the length of the book (about 800 pages).

I enjoyed this book very much.

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