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The Apple: Crimson Petal Stories

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,382 Ratings  ·  221 Reviews
Enjoy more Sugar. Join Clara at the rat pit. Relax with Mr Bodley as he is lulled to sleep by Mrs Tremain and her girls. Find out what became of Sophie.

Michel Faber revisits the world of his bestselling novel The Crimson Petal and the White, conjuring tantalising glimpses of its characters, their lives before we first met them and their intriguing futures. You'll be desper
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Paul Bryant
In 2003 The Crimson Petal and the White was published to much acclaim. I read it and awarded it five plump wobbly stars. But other readers had other reactions. In his forward to this slender collection of short stories, Mr Faber says that he gets letters from his readers and he keeps them in a box. So that’s surprising right there – who writes to authors? I would never have the nerve. I mean, what would you say to Shakespeare? Dear Bard, I must say that I thought The Tempest was a wonderful note ...more
Despite the 2*, this is not exactly a bad book, merely opportunistic, frustrating and hugely disappointing after the wonderfully rich novel which it relates to, The Crimson Petal and the White (, “TCP”.

There’s little point reading this collection unless you have read TCP, but huge disappointment if you have. I really wouldn’t advise anyone to read it.

Where TCP was a luxuriously long, deep novel, this is half a dozen very short stories, jumping on that ba
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is nowhere near as good or as rich as The Crimson Petal and the White. I knew it wouldn't be, but I did expect more subtext from this author. Don't let the 199 page-count fool you either. The physical pages are short, the font is fairly big and it reads quickly. I bought it for a pittance at a library sale, so I'm fine with that, and it is a pretty little book with its own ribbon marker.

The stories are technically standalones (a point Faber makes in his foreword), but I wonder how much inte
Jakub Karda
Nelze se ubránit srovnání s Kvítkem, byť je toto jen takové doplnění. V hudební branži se tomu říká rarity, jsou to nevydané písně, které se prostě z různých důvodů na album nedostaly. Ale pro fanoušky kapely mají velký význam. Nejlépe publikované s patřičným odstupem. Stejně tak je to s Jablkem. Srovnání s tím Faberem z Kvítku je žalostné, ale jako fanoušek jeho opusu musím říci, že je to povinnost přečíst. Už pro poslední povídku, která byla o několik úrovní lepší než předchozí všechny dohroma ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kvítek byl pro mě skorem zjevení, nadchl mě ten svět, postavy, jazyk, kterým byl psán (a přeložen), takže jsem se na další příběhy těšila. A čtou se krásně, některé povídky jsou jen střípky či střípečky, které klidně mohly vypadnout při ořezu dokonalého okna "Kvítku", v tom příběhu mohly být a nerušily by. V této povídkové sbírce si je můžeme zasadit do kontextu a rozhodně nepořežou. Akorát jsou ty střípky někdy hodně titěrné a hladový čtenář by je chtěl malinko větší, tak je lačný po oblíbených ...more
Jul 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of <i>The Crimson Petal and the White</i>
The Apple is a hard book to rate. On the one hand, I enjoyed the seven stories contained in it for the additional glimpse they provide into the lives of the characters of The Crimson Petal and the White, one of the best novels I've read this year. On the other hand, they don't provide nearly enough glimpses for my liking, and I doubt they'll appeal much to people who haven't read The Crimson Petal. So. Yeah. Conundrum!

Three of the stories in The Apple are set before the events of The Crimson Pet
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading some of the stories. It has been a few years since I read the Crimson Petal and the White, and it was fun to recognize names. I matched a few characters up to the wrong names and forgot some characters entirely, but none of that affected my understanding of the stories. Had it not been for one particular quote that I really, really liked, I could have gone without reading this collection. In my mind, I knew how Sugar would turn out. The ending of The Crimson Petal and the White ...more
Mar 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok folks, first things first. If you haven’t read The Crimson Petal and The White, then please don’t read this collection of short stories. It is worthless. Thankfully, Amazon will give you a discount on a group purchase.

Secondly, following the bestseller success of The Crimson Petal, Cannongate have made the commercial decision to let Faber treat us to some literary nuggets and allow us back into the lives of the central characters from the first book with glimpses into both the past and the fu
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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), B ...more
Aug 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the short story
The back of my book states that Faber is a "master" of no less than two items - "his subject" AND "the short story form". Glowing praise but I was unsure that such a slim volume could stand up to it. However, I'd loved the first book so gave this a go.

Quite a number of writers have seemed to want to delve further into fictional worlds and characters they have already created recently. For example, Susannah Clarke and "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" and this collection. This is basically a return to
After my discontent following the conclusion of The Crimson Petal and the White, this helped a bit...and it's a nice little collection of stories in Faber's distinctive style.

If you haven't read the novel, be warned that this review contains spoilers of the novel, but not the short story collection.

At least three of these stories take place after the conclusion of the novel and give varying degrees of closure to the characters' stories. William's fate is clear and well-deserved. Sophie's is gl
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Na chvilku jsem znovu pootevrela dvere a podivala se za jiz znamymi postavami. Uz predmluva me v okamziku vratila do doby cteni Kvitku, ten jazyk - jeho preklad, styl psani, chybelo mi to. I kdyz se jedna o sedm kratkych povidek, moc jsem si je uzila, at se odehraly pred nebo po Kvitku. Mrzi me, ze si nepamatuju uplne vsechny detaily a u nekterych veci si tak nebyla nekdy jista 'jak to tam pak bylo' :) Kazdopadne, Sugar a jeji myslenky PRED, skvele, mladicka Emmelina, vyvoj Clary, Bodleyho, Will ...more
I was desperate to read this, to find out more. I still feel like I don't know everything I need to know about these wonderful characters.

I enjoyed the format of the book, the short stories of each person. I did raise my eyebrow a couple if Times whilst reading this but in a good way.

I need more. I doubt we'll ever get more but I will live in hope. In the meantime, I will grieve.

On a side note, I spent my Sunday watching the TV series, which I can, hand on heart say, was pretty spectacular. U
Ben Hart
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Pointless extension of The Crimson Petal and the White, picking up major and minor characters after or before events from the original book. Well written, but the more rigid chapters lack the fluidity of the main book and I didn't feel like these were stories that were desperate to be told.

Like watching a great 3 hour film then having 30 minutes of deleted scenes/alternate endings - its nice to still be in that world but they don't really add anything to the characters or original story. Definit
Stefanie Lubkowski
The Apple stories were all very engaging, and very well written, just like the novel. Some light is shed on what happened to Sugar and Sophie, but not so much that as to dispel the mystery of the the original novel. If anything, these stories make me want to read The Crimson Petal all over again.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once more, absolutely gorgeous read. Wonderful to spend more time transported back to Victorian London with some of the most well crafted characters in fiction.
2,5 stars
Oh..I was not prepared for this, I liked the stories - but did not love them - as I loved The Crimson Petal and the White. The revisit with Sugar was kind of fun, but not at all what I expected.
The story about the apple was a typical for Sugar, I think!
Sam Quixote
Having not read "The Crimson Petal and White" I'm not coming to this familiar with the characters. That said, this is my fourth Michel Faber novel so I know he can write and this book is no exception.

"Christmas in Silver Street" is about a prostitute called Apple who decides to give the son of one of the other prostitutes a decent Christmas dinner.

"Clara and the Rat Man" is about another prostitute called Clara, turned to streetwalking after being dismissed as a housemaid who encounters a stra
Helen Maltby
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Helen by: Speckybecky
"I do understand how maddening it is to only get so far, and not know what happened next. I wouldn't do that to you!"

So writes a character in one of the short stories that add to the reader's understanding of Michel Faber's earlier book, "The Crimson Petal and the White".

Well, yes, Mr Faber. It IS maddening. I don't know a single person who felt satisfied when they reached the end of "Crimson Petal". We all want to know what happened next. What REALLY happened to Agnes? Where did Sugar and Sophi
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good, but very brief, prequel/sequel to Faber's masterpiece The Crimson Petal and the White. That novel is better than anything Dickens ever wrote and almost as good as Middlemarch. Sugar and the Rackhams are some of the most well-developed fully fleshed characters in modern literature and the chance to see what came after the close of the novel, at least glimpses of that life for a few of the characters, is what drew me to this story collection.

If you haven't read The Crimson Pet
Christy B
A delightful collection of seven short stories from the world of The Crimson Petal and the White. I had loved that novel so, that when I found out there were more glimpses into the Crimson Petal world, I just had to get it.

The stories here are nothing spectacular and they don't reveal anything major about the characters. With the way the original novel ended, I'm sure people thought these stories would be a nice little wrap-up, as it were. They are not. They are, however, a sort of revisit of ol
Elizabeth K.
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-new-reads
Short stories about the characters from The Crimson Petal and the White, some which take place prior to the events of that book, and some after. We shall take the high quality of Faber's writing as a given, and beyond that, I had a mixed reaction. I was a little more intrigued with the stories of things that happened before, for the most part. Finding out, even remotely, what happened after made things feel too pat. And a lot of the happenings are things you might have guessed anyway, so it wasn ...more
Lindsay Seddon
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read the Crismon Petal and the White, I highy reccomend this book. It is a collection of short stories about a few of the characters from Crimson Petal, some act as a prequel, some a sequel.

The foreword by Michael faber is interesting, so don't skip it, he includes a few letters from readers about their approval/disapproval of the ending and begging for another installment. In it he mentions that he wrote the book so that it could be enjoyed seperately from The Crimson Petal, that y
Селина Йонкова
всички прочели внушителният роман на автора за викторианската епоха на автора, "аленото цвете и бялото", вероятно ще се зарадват да научат нещо повече за героите и нещата, но за читатели срещащи се за първи път с творчеството си разказите са чудесни сами по себе си. пестеливи, елегантни, припомнящи ни едно минало в което ние жените не сме имали, кой знае какъв избор за оцеляване в мъжкият свят, където дори правото на образование ни е било отказвано. време в което една внушителна орда дами с огро ...more
After having read the excellent "The Crimson Petal and the White" last year, I am really glad that I finally got my hands on this small collection of short stories that take place before, during and after the end of the main story. And while I didn't learn anything new (with only small hints about what exactly happened after that ending in "A Mighty Horde of Women in Very Big Hats, Advancing") and the stories could've gone into more depth, it was so wonderful to be reunited with some of the
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nastavovaná kaše Kvítku karmínového a bílého? O tom nemůže být nejmenšího sporu. Jenže... Jenže i nastavovaná kaše z nejlepší krmě posledních let je stále po čertech chutné jídlo. A tak celou tuto sbírku nejlépe vystihuje sám autor v první povídce "maličkost, ale rozhodně potěší". A to i navzdory jisté nevyrovnanosti jednotlivých povídek. Vyloženě zásadní je pouze závěrečná a i ta má nějaké to své "ale". Konkrétně působí spíše jako nástřel románu než povídka, která si vystačí s padesáti stranami ...more
Paz Alonso
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously the stories here weren't as rich and developed as The Crimson Petal and I'm really surprised anyone would expect otherwise. They're supposed to be vignettes, not a novel and definitely not a sequel, neither in length nor content. I loved reading about some of the characters again in this almost fanfictionesque format.
Janča Jindřichová
Kvítek to není, no. :-( Ale jako příjemné připomenutí té atmosféry je to taky fajn. Některé povídky se mi líbily více (ty s Sugar), některé méně. Opěvovaná závěrečná mě zaujala spíše souvislostmi s Kvítkem než historickými událostmi. Asi kdybych Kvítek nečetla, neměla by pro mne kniha to správné kouzlo. Nejraději bych si teď Kvítek přečetla znovu! :-)
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm. První a poslední povídka super, ještě se mi líbila ta o Williamovi a Emmelíně (i když nevím, jestli to byl její budoucí manžel, nebo kdo vlastně?). Krysy jsem nepochopila, ostatní nic moc. Znovu se mi potvrdilo, že bych bývala byla radši, kdyby Sugar zajel ten dostavník :D ale jinak pěkná exkurze do světa hrdinů Kvítku.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a fan of short stories but I loved these. Tantalising glimpses into the lives of the Crimson Petal characters - both before and after the events depicted in the novel - and we find out what happened to Sugar and Sophie. A beautifully written glimpse into the darker side of life in Victorian London.
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Michel Faber (born 13 April 1960) is a Dutch writer of English-language fiction.

Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translation a
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