The Crimson Petal And The White - Canons (Paperback)Michel Faber (author)
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Channeling the great Victorian novels but layering on a distinctly modern sensibility, Faber’s epic account of the social and sexual journey of young prostitute Sugar is a slice of bravura storytelling. Dispensing the kind of Freudian psychological insight that Dickens’ generation were unable to bring, The Crimson Petal and the White pulsates with violent intensity and a thrilling erotic charge.
'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them...'
So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can. Be prepared for a mesmerising tale of passion, intrigue, ambition and revenge.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 864
Weight: 585 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 36 mm
Edition: Main - Canons edition
'This is an unputdownable book; there is no choice but to give in to this most unbelievably pleasurable of narrative rides... Faber's take on the 19th Century English novel is a heady and intoxicating mixture of affection, respect and scabrous resistance' - The Times
'A sexy, bravura novel... wildly entertaining' - The New York Times
'When a book is this big, it had better be good - this one is. Dive in. Enjoy!' - Alice Sebold
'Owes as much to John Fowles as it does to Charlotte Bronte. Which is to say that the book is both mind-bogglingly clever and page-turningly tempting. Don't miss it' - The Daily Telegraph
'An astonishing narrative sweep that encompasses Victorian society in all its colourful variety, it peels away the surface gentility and brings its world to vivid life. It's a feast for all five senses and in spite of its weight, it's impossible to put down.' - Val McDermid
'Key to its success is the book's sly acknowledgment of its modernity without recourse to taking up the crude cudgels of irony... a sybaritic pleasure and a ripping yarn.' - The Times
'Owes as much to John Fowles as it does to Charlotte Bronte. Which is to say that the book is both mind-bogglingly clever and page-turningly tempting. Don't miss it.' - The Daily Telegraph
'An intensely imaginative time-travel experience.' - The Independent
'Takes the historical novel and, in the spirit of its subject matter, submits it to a good rogering in terms of graphically exposing the sexual details Dickens and Co. couldn't (or wouldn't) write about.' - The Sunday Herald
'It is a long read but a rewarding one. It is also, unsurprisingly, a sexy one. Indeed, at times it seems that the real central characters are the readers, good voyeurs that we are.' - The Observer
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