The Crimson Petal and the White

by Michel Faber | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 015100692x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 1/30/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Picked up at the Book Thing.

From the cover -
A gripping tale of Victorian England -
from whores to high society -
by a twenty-first-century Charles Dickens

At the heart of this panoramic, multidimensional narrative is the compelling struggle of a young woman to lift her body and soul out of the gutter. Michel Faber leads us back to 1870s London, where Sugar, a nineteen-year-old whore in the brothel of the terrifying Mrs. Castaway, yearns for escape into a better life. Her ascent through the strata of Victorian society offers us intimacy with a host of lovable, maddening, unforgettable characters.
They begin with William Rackham, an egotistical perfume magnate whose ambition is fueled by his lust for Sugar, and whose patronage of her brings her into proximity to his extended family and milieu; his unhinged, child-like wife, Agnes; his mysteriously hidden-away daughter, Sophie; and his pious brother Henry, foiled in his devotional calling by a persistently less-than-chaste love for the Widow Fox, whose efforts on behalf of The Rescue Society lead Henry into ever-more disturbing confrontations with flesh. All this is overseen by assorted preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all stripes and persuasions.
Twenty years in its conception, research, and writing, The Crimson Petal and the White is a singular literary achievement - a gripping, intoxicating, deeply satisfying Victorian novel written with an immediacy, compassion, and insight that give it a timeless and universal appeal.

Journal Entry 2 by wing6of8wing at Westminster, Maryland USA on Saturday, June 02, 2018
Sadly, MaryZee passed suddenly in September 2012. MaryZee's daughter is now ready to rehome her mom's books and I was willing to collect and redistribute them to keep her literary legacy alive.

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I am honored to be one those entrusted with some of MaryZee's books to release to the world. MaryZee was an incredible evangelist for BookCrossing, and I find comfort in thinking that we were friends. She is greatly missed.

Journal Entry 4 by ResQgeek at Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia USA on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Left on the bench in the bus stop shelter outside the building.


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