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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
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Oct 11, 11

bookshelves: anger, fiction, historical-fiction, hissy-fits
Read in January, 2005

What a fantastic book. Surprising, exciting, raunchy, heartbreaking, even funny in places: "[Sugar knows] little French and no German, [her mother] having been of the opinion that men are partial to a bit of French on a girl's tongue, but that German sounds like old clergymen vomiting." Also, I laughed when one character fantasized about smacking another character in the face repeatedly with a piss-soaked slipper.

At one point, from the hints the author was dropping, I thought this was going to be a bizarre retread of Jane Eyre. I'm glad he took things in another direction instead.

I am not usually a fan of huge sprawling historical novels, but this is definitely the exception (okay, this and The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman).

The discussion questions at the end are interesting but very, very leading.
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F.R. I am reading it now and greatly enjoying.

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