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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,220 ratings  ·  283 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
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Canongate Books Ltd (first published 2002)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), “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
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
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
Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Little collection of spin-off stories about characters from The Crimson Petal and the White

I personally think, that although I enjoyed this, (because of the wonderful characters) it was just an excuse for the author to cash in on Petals’ popularity without having to write a proper sequel.

I particularly liked the final chapter “A Mighty Horde of Women in Very Big Hats, Advancing”. That title is just utterly divine! Also, whom was narrating said chapter. I won’t disclose who!

3.5 stars rounded do
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 05, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, as its a continuation of short stories which follow on from the main novel The Crimson Petal and the White. The original novel which was quite dense and filled with many well rounded and colourful characters had an ending that was left open for the reader to resolve themselves, which did leave me wanting more and apparently it left many other readers feeling the same because Faber has specifically written this anthology simply to please his many readers.

His introduction expl
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
4-and-a-bit stars. This has been on my tbr since I read The Crimson Petal and the White a year ago (almost exactly a year ago - I finished this on December 30th, having finished up TCP&TW on December 31st last year - if I'd realised that, I'd have planned better and set this aside to finish tomorrow lol) - and this was just lovely. The writing is just as good as in the book on which it's based, and while this is a series of short stories rather than a full novel, it felt - surprisingly, to me - ...more
Aug 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this after finishing The Crimson Petal and the White as I was desperate to find out what became of the characters after that open ending. This little volume of short stories provided some answers and was essentially the literary equivalent of scratching an itch. It was enjoyable enough, though frustrating in equal measure. It kept following characters I didn't want to know about (Clara, Bodley) and not those I was most desperate to get closure for (Agnes, future Sugar). It was also no ...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
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
I do t feel that this enlightened on the ending of the crimson petal novel. The short stories were okay , but didn’t really grab my attention to be honest.
Brian Bess
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
More petals, crimson and white

I’m one reader that found Michel Faber’s ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ to be a stupendous achievement. It is a novel that Charles Dickens would never dare to write even if the moral standards of his time had been looser although he would have brushed against much of the subject matter. It contains a Dickensian breadth of humanity from several walks of Victorian life including several quite memorable characters. Many people have criticized the open-endedness of i
A little bit patchy. I liked the Sugar ones the best which isn't surprising. ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Crimson Petal and the White, and was keen to rejoin characters from that world. This collection are nice scenes from different characters tales, some better than others.
Victoria Karlsen
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
So obviously not as good as the original Crimson Petal, but I didn't expect it to be either! I loved all the small short stories, it was a lovely revisit to the characters, and something about Michel Fabers writing style is just so wonderfully captivating! Like in Crimson Petal and the White, I felt like I was sucked back in time, watching it all play out in front of me! Lovely revisit to one of my favourite books characters! ...more
Sam Quixote
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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
"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
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
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
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
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having recently finished reading Crimson Petal, I couldn't wait to read the follow up short stories in The Apple and I wasn't disappointed!

Just a handful of stories sees us re-visiting Sugar in her life pre-Crimson, Clara, Mr Bodley, William and, indirectly, Sophie all post-Crimson. So good to see what had become of them and interesting to see if they matched my own hopes and perceptions (largely they did!). My only detraction from the book was that I wanted more. After the weighty tome that was
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
Paz Alonso
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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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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