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The Apple by Michel Faber
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Jul 30, 2011

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The Apple is a collection of new crimson petal stories that would appeal to readers who have enjoyed Faber’s Victorian epic, The Crimson Petal and the White. I was glad to be once again in the company of Sugar (intellectual whore turned governess) Sophie (Perfumer William Rackham’s little girl abducted by her governess), Clara (the maid who’d been dismissed from the Rackham household), Dr Curlew (the Rackham family physician) and his horse-face daughter (Emmeline Fox who survived consumption), Bodley (William’s incorrigibly bawdy friend), and of course, the self-serving cad (William himself) who had seemingly lost both wife and daughter. Faber offers interesting glimpses into the lives of these characters – some stories going farther back in time to pre-Crimson Petal days and a few moving forward post-Crimson Petal. Though not intended as a sequel, The Apple let it be known that Sugar and Sophie survived well and this imparted a small measure of comfort to readers like me who had grown fond of them. The Apple lacks the magnetic energy of its predecessor but nonetheless makes a good read.
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Cecily It certainly lacks magnetic energy, but what I dislike far more was that it removed some of the mystery and ambiguity of TCPATW, without really adding anything positive.

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