The Crimson Petal and the White
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Meet Sugar, a nineteen-year-old prostitute in nineteenth-century London who yearns for escape to a better life. From the brothel of the terrifying Mrs. Castaway, she begins her ascent through society, meeting a host of lovable, maddening, unforgettable characters on the way. They begin with William Rackham, an egotistical perfume magnate whose empire is fueled by his lust for Sugar; 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. All this is overseen by assorted preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all stripes and persuasions.
Teeming with life, this is a big, juicy must-read of a novel that has enthralled hundreds of thousands of readers-and will continue to do so for years to come.
From Publishers Weekly
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Is it worth it?
I almost gave up on this book on page 79. I thought the inventive way the author brought the reader into the story was getting tedious. However I stuck with it. I was rewarded with a rich tale that truth be told went on a little too long. Perhaps the author thought so too as they abandoned the reader well before the story was finished. Did the author not know where the characters were going or simply tire of typing? Perhaps thoughts of a sequel? More than 2500 pages with no resolution. Would I do it again?
Well worth sticking to the end....
I found the introduction to the characters very original, and the way the author allowed the reader to feel we were watching this story unfold from a voyeur point of view. Infinitely more erotic than fifty shades of grey.....one becomes so invested in the life of Sugar, that you hang on to each chapter, fearful of the outcome....the ending is completely satisfying .....
Top 5 favorite books EVER
I've read this book many times over and I never tire of it... I keep waiting for a sequel that i fear will never come. The writing style is my most favorite part of this book, but you al really get attached to the main character, Sugar, and you want to see her make it.
I've read a lot of books over the course of my life and this is my gold standard for writing. If you like historical fiction, you'll love this book.