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The Resource The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White

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. Twenty years in its conception, research, and writing, The Crimson Petal and the White is teeming with life, rich in texture and incident, with characters breathtakingly real. In a class by itself, it's a big, juicy, must-read of a novel that will delight, enthrall, provoke, and entertain young and old, male and female
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
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069017
Cataloging source
DLC
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Faber, Michel
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Crimson Petal and the White
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780547538471
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Crimson Petal and the White
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780547538471
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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