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.
Day 07 – A book that’s hard to read