The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber Faber creates an incredibly developed, detailed and grimly portrayal of life in late 1800's England from the perspective of a prostitute. The writing is flawless and story telling classic. Even though this is a long read, it moves well and holds a reader's attention. The character's are flawed and memorable which makes the reader feel invested in their imagined lives. There has been much discussion about the ending, but after contemplating I think it fits perfectly. It provokes discussion and makes us ask questions. All in all the author stays committed and true to the story all the way through and does not give into cheap wrap ups or happy endings. I admire the work immensely and would highly recommend the read to those who love exploring all the layers of literature and period writing.