The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Product info (from Goodreads):

Sugar, 19, prostitute in Victorian London, yearns for a better life. From brutal brothel-keeper Mrs Castaway, she ascends in society. Affections of self-involved perfume magnate William Rackham soon smells like love. Her social rise attracts preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all kinds.

My impressions:

First a very short but pertinent remark: I am going to polish the fine art of writing short reviews. Don’t expect long elaborates from now on… and, of course, any reactions, positive and negative ones, will be more than welcome!

So. Those petals… It was a good book not only because it was able to surprise me more than once. The narration was very nice and smooth, the characters interesting enough to be worth following around and the setting… who wouldn’t like to visit Victorian London, I ask? At least for a while?

Still, I had a strong impression this book was far too long.  Really. About one-two hundred pages I would gladly remove from the novel without any adverse effect (and I am thinking here about the paperback edition, 835 pages long). Then came the ending and once again it seemed to me that the author got tired of the story (and small wonder, with so many pages…) and wanted to tuck all ends and tie all threads very quickly.  The effects were unimpressive.

Final verdict:

A novel for those who have a lot of time and love Victorians. Perfect for a long trip – like several days long. If the ending makes you as disgruntled as I was you can always throw it away through the window.


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6 Responses to The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

  1. blodeuedd says:

    Omg, I am impressed, this was actually very short for you. It is very hard I know

  2. Carole Rae says:

    Kuddos to making it short especially with a book of this size.
    And yes…this had promise but sometimes a story doesnt need to be soooo long. In example…’Anna Karenina’….im dying over here trying to read this monster of a book. X.X

  3. heidenkind says:

    835 pages?!??!?! Yeah, I’d say that needed a goddamn editor

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