Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Renee at It’s Book Talk. Throwback Thursday is an awesome opportunity to share old favorites as well as older books in our TBR. I love this idea as I only started blogging about a year and a half ago. Therefore, I have lots of old favorites to talk about. While I may not remember all of the details needed to write a complete review, I’m happy to share the thoughts and impressions that have remained with me long after I finished the book.
My pick of the the week is:
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber.
In almost every case, when I have read a book of this length, (835-922 pages depending the edition), I have concluded that the book could have been pared down; that it dragged on. Not so with The Crimson Petal and the White. It was a very fast read for me.
When I began the book, I was concerned that it was going to turn into another Victorian Era romance novel. Romance novels are not my thing. When I read passages that begin with words such as “He gently touched the tender curve of my ample bosoms…”, I want to vomit. I needn’t have worried. Though this book is about love and relationships, it goes way beyond the superficiality of romance and wanton lust.
Michel Faber set the scenes so skillfully I felt like I was there. The characters are incredibly unique and well-developed. I found myself truly invested in Sugar. But what I remember most about this book is how angry it made me. I was disgusted at the way all of the women in this book were treated; their lives controlled by the egotistical and self-serving William Rackham. Wife, mistress, and daughter were all equally disregarded.
I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction set in Victorian Era England as well as those who love books about women’s issues. The BBC produced a series based on this book. I binged watched it in one day. I thought it was very well done but I’d suggest reading the book first if you can.