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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
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Aug 13, 11

bookshelves: historic-fic
Read in August, 2011

This book made me feel bad. Not in a sad way, or a guilty way, or grossed out, but in that way where you get a squirmy feeling in your stomach and you just feel intensely uncomfortable and want something to be over as soon as possible.

I read the first 200 pages, and then started skimming to see if it improved. It didn't. The people were all awful, the world seemed awful, and nobody was ever happy. There was also a lot of unnecessary dissipation and disenchantment. Not sure why this won such acclaim; I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anybody.

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