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Book Review: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

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Michel Faber

Canongate, 2002
★★★★★

The Crimson Petal and the White begins with our omniscient, sardonic narrator shattering the fourth wall and physically leading the reader through a decrepit alley slum in London. We walk through pale gas-lamp on mucky cobblestones, the smell of waste and unwashed bodies overpowering. Thus the stage is set for this neo-Victorian classic, which from the first promises lurid realities and ugly truths.

After all, this is how the narrator begins the tale: “Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them.” Continue reading “Book Review: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber”