Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Crimson Petal and the White



“She turns her face, astounded to feel the warm, tickly tears springing out her cheeks. What terrifying ichors flows through her veins; what hopelessly foul innards she has, poisoned by putrid memories and the bitterness of the want! If only she could drive a blade into her heart and let the filth spurt out, let it gush away, hissing, into a crack in the floor, leaving her clean and light.”

Taken from my current read “The Crimson Petal and the White” by Michel Faber. The book is passionately written as readers walk WITH a prostitute through the novel’s pages. Like his characters that are crude but passionate in both life and in bed the author wrote in complete abandon.

Walk with Sugar an eccentric prostitute who does not hesitate to cater to any needs of her high class clientele on the streets of 19th century London. Where filth is utterly disgusting and class is ostentatious will a prostitute like Sugar be bound for nothing or will she gain a better life?

The book is for mature readers who love history and poetry. It might get tedious for anyone who is not used to reading a heavy book filled with details and intricacies which plays a major part of the story. But this novel is a total delight to anyone who fancies an intellectual read.

I give this book a three and half stars out of five.


M.


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