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The crimson petal and the white, Michel Faber

Label
The crimson petal and the white
Title
The crimson petal and the white
Statement of responsibility
Michel Faber
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. 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 to 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 brings her into proximity to his extended family and milieu: his unhinged, childlike wife, Agnes, who manages to overcome her chronic hysteria to make her appearances during “the Season”; his mysteriously hidden-away daughter, Sophie, left to the care of minions; 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 overseen by assorted preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all stripes and persuasions
Summary
Yearning to escape her life of prostitution in 1870s London, Sugar finds her fate entangled in the complicated family life of patron William, an egotistical perfume magnate
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2002.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2002
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
069017
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Faber, Michel
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Perfumes industry
  • Young women
  • Prostitutes
  • Historical fiction
  • Great Britain
  • London (England)
Target audience
adult
Label
The crimson petal and the white, Michel Faber
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
838 pages
Isbn
9780151006922
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002024138
System control number
ocm49611026
Label
The crimson petal and the white, Michel Faber
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
838 pages
Isbn
9780151006922
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002024138
System control number
ocm49611026

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