Enjoy more Sugar . . . Join Clara at the rat pit . . . Relax with Mr Bodley as he is lulled to sleep by Mrs Tremain and her girls . . . Find out what became of Sophie.
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For those annoyed by the abrupt ending of Michel Faber's Crimson Petal and the White, this will hopefully be somewhat soothing. While not a linear sequel, there are glimpses of the later lives of Agnes, William, Sugar and Sophie. Several short stories illuminate episodes from their lives, written in Faber's continuously brilliant style.
The highlight is the final story in the collection, "A Mighty Horde of Women in Very Big Hats, Approaching." It is the story of a small boy caught up in the 1908 march of the suffragettes, and it is page-turning stuff. All the stories are interesting, but this was my favorite.
Those looking for a true "sequel" to the superb Crimson Petal and the White might be a bit disappointed, I don't know. Personally, I was thrilled to spend time, however brief, with the characters.
Prepare yourself for two fantastic hours of engrossing stories! Faber's prolific pen has given us an amuse-bouche for those whose appetites were not satisfied by the 900+ page feast of the Crimson Petal and the White.
The Apple is a collection of short stories about various characters we met in his fabulous earlier novel. We get a glimpse of Sugar's days both pre- and post-William Rackham; we meet Sophie as an adult; and we get to catch glimpses of the other sordid characters of Silver Street with the same gritty eyes we were given to view it before.
This is a quick read - literally, one sitting if you plan it right. Thoroughly enjoyable! More, Mr. Faber, more!
If you haven't read `The Crimson Petal and the White', don't read any further because there will be spoilers for that particular book. This book is essentially a companion for `The Crimson Petal and the White.' I found it easy to read although it is my view very few of the stories had much substance, and relied on the reader having knowledge of the characters from reading `The Crimson Petal and the White'. The exception to this is `Clara and the Rat Man' which I consider to be a really good short story in its own right. Many people who read `The Crimson Petal and the White' loved the book but were nevertheless frustrated by its ending and were left wondering what happened to Sugar, Sophie and Agnes. One of the good things about this book is that one of the stories does involve Sophie as an adult in 1908 so some of the reader's questions regarding the fate of the aforementioned women are answered but not all.
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