30 Days of Books: Day 3 – A book that completely surprised you

Read: The Crimson Petal & The White by Michael Faber
Stars: Three and a half 

Ok, so maybe a book about a prostitute in Victorian London shouldn’t have surprised me with it’s sexual nature, but it did.  I was fine with that because the writing was so rich and detailed.  While I wasn’t particularly attached to any of the characters, it seemed like Faber had made them purposefully repugnant, which was why  they were interesting.

The surprise came two-thirds of the way through the book, when the plot falters and then dies out without much of an ending.  The story loses it’s momentum and slows.  It seems as if Faber had a great story idea but then couldn’t figure out how to wrap it up, so he quickly delt with his characters.  Agnes’ fate was the only one I truly enjoyed, although her husband’s fate had a certain poetry to it.  Mostly, it just seemed contrived.

Evidently, a mini-series is coming out this month based on the novel.  I feel that it has a lot of potential because the setting and the characters are rich. The ending may play better in that way as well. var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-26693790-1’]); _gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’]); (function() { var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); ga.type = ‘text/javascript’; ga.async = true; ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘.google-analytics.com/ga.js’; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();

30 Days of Books Challenge

Day 01 – Your favourite book

Day 02 – Least favourite book 

Day 03 – A book that completely surprised you (bad/good)

Day 04 – A book that reminds you of home

Day 05 – A non-fiction book that you actually enjoyed

Day 06 – A book that makes you cry

Day 07 – A book that’s hard to read

Day 08 – An unpopular book you believe should be a bestseller

Day 09 – A book you’ve read more than once 

Day 10 – The first novel you remember reading

Day 11 – The Book that made you fall in love with reading

Day 12 – A book so emotionally draining you couldn’t complete it or had to set aside for a bit

Day 13 – Favorite childhood book

Day 14 – Book that should be on hs/college required reading list

Day 15 – Favorite book dealing with foreign culture

Day 16 – Favorite book turned movie

Day 17 – Book turned movie and completely desecrated

Day 18 – A book you can’t find on shelves anymore that you love

Day 19 – A book that changed your mind about a particular subject (non-fiction)

Day 20 – A book you would recommend to an ignorant/racist/closed minded person

Day 21 – A guilty pleasure book

Day 22 – Favourite series

Day 23 – Favourite romance novel

Day 24 – A book you later found out the author lied about

Day 25 – Favourite autobiographical/biographical book

Day 26 – A book you wish would be written

Day 27 – A book you would write if you had all the resources

Day 28 – A book you wish you never read

Day 29- An author that you completely avoid/hate won’t read

Day 30 – An author that you will read whatever they put out


Author: Lisa M Fry

Freelance writer & copy-editor. Book lover. Feminist. American in London.

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