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The Apple: Crimson Petal Stories [Paperback]

Michel Faber
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7 April 2011
The Crimson Petal and the White is one of the best-loved novels of recent years. Now a major BBC TV drama, it captured hearts and left readers desperate for more. In The Apple, Faber returns to Silver Street to find it still teeming with life, and conjures further tantalising glimpses of Sugar, Clara, Mr Bodley and many other favourites.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; Main edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857860852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857860859
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Faber remains an unrivalled master of his subject. --David Robson, Sunday Telegraph

Michel Faber is a master of the short-story form.
--Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

MICHEL FABER has written eight other books, including the highly acclaimed The Fire Gospel, The Fahrenheit Twins and the Whitbread-shortlisted novel Under the Skin. He has also written two novellas, The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps (2001) and The Courage Consort (2002), and has won several short-story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the Scottish Highlands.

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a follow-up but worth reading 16 April 2007
Back in 2003, Michel Faber published The Crimson Petal and The White - see pages and pages of rave reviews on amazon. I, along with countless other people hoped that eventually another volume of this fantastic saga would come along. Well, we kept on waiting, and now Michel Faber has provided us with a set of short stories, or maybe episodes would be a better word, about some of the characters in the earlier novel. Those who were thirsting for more will have to make do with this - it is a short book and I actually managed to read it in a day (OK, so I commute to work on the train). But it is definitely up to the same standard as the novel, and provides some revealing glimpses of what happened next (or even what happened before in one or two instances).

The main character Sugar appears, but in an episode before her starring role in the novel. Others who were "undone" are shown to have been truly undone, and never achieved a state of contentment or happiness. I won't describe the stories in any detail - they are short enough, but I think its fair to say, that this is worth reading if you loved the novel, but unfortunately have the effect of making the reader want a more substantial historical novel from Mr Faber. I regret I was not so impressed with his science fiction interlude Under The Skin (although it was good), and feel that Faber's main skill is depicting the life and manners of the Victoria era with all its heights and depths, its passion and its hypocrisy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising and revealing 31 July 2006
The Crimson Petal and the White has to be one of my favourite books of all time. I was intrigued from the moment I heard about it at one of our conferences and as soon as I had the opportunity to grab one of the largest proofs ever, I had the mighty tome open and plunged right in. Over the following days, I was fully immersed, only to be drawn painfully away by inconveniences such as work and sleep.

When the book was over, I felt bereft. Not due to the admittedly astonishing open-end to the story, which I loved, but the world in which I had inhabited for those days had been riven away from me and I was reluctantly falling back into reality.

The Crimson Petal and the White is one of those books where the detail of the locations and the people are so precise they leave an indelible stain upon your imagination and they never leave you.

When I was handed The Apple, the world of late nineteenth century London was engulfing me once more. Within the pages lie seven pure gems of storytelling from a true master of the art. Whether you are learning about the mental decline of William Rackham in his later years or of Sugar's history prior to the events of the first book, you are entranced by the depth of character and the realism of their lives.

There are other characters that we learn more about who may have been a minor player in the original story, but here they are fleshed out even further.

I am sure that the questions on many people's lips will be about the aftermath of the original novel.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another glimpse of Faber's Victorian world 11 Oct 2006
Although a great doorstep of a book (in the best sense of the term), Michael Faber's "The Crimson Petal and the White" leaves you wanting more. "The Apple" supplies a little more. It contains a fascinating sequence of unconnected stories featuring characters from Crimson Petal (or with Petal connections). Some of them, it is clear, got what (we might think) they deserved after Petal closed - others get a backstory that casts light on their actions in the main volume. Most of the mystery is, though, preserved together with the scope for each reader to imagine their own continuation of the main book. (My guess, by the way, was that Sugar used the money William had given her, and her knowledge of his business, to set up her own concern - probably some distance away, in York, perhaps - which grew over time to rival and eventually supplant his. From what I read in The Apple I don't now think this is very likely, though it remains possible).

In summary, anyone who enjoyed Petal will love this - if you didn't read that book, shame on you: but you can redeem yourself now by starting with this, and then getting to know the characters better through Petal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Crimson Petal, Thank Goodness 21 Sep 2008
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An easy read if you enjoyed 'the crimson petal and white'
Published 4 days ago by Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this story could run for many more books if only michel faber would oblige
Published 15 days ago by Mrs Shirley A Tree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really great follow on to Crimson Petal & The White
Published 1 month ago by Becca Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Written, I believe, in response to his fans' demands for more of "The Crimson Petal...", this collection of stories set around the locale, era and characters of Silver... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Claude Balls
5.0 out of 5 stars Too short
Good insights into the lives of some of the main characters before and after the timeline of Crimson itself - sadly no follow up stories for Agnes or Sugar! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jen Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
it was good to read about the characters from the original book, and have access to the characters once again.
Published 8 months ago by mfarq
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to expectations, sorry
I bought this book as the follow on from The Crimson Petal and the White, a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bran's mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, WANT MORE CRIMSON PETAL PLEASE!!!
More fantastic prose from Michael Faber. Having been sucked into the tantalising and intoxicating world from The Crimson Petal and the White, I was thrilled to find that there was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by L. Wainwright
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite my thing
I bought this because I'd enjoyed another of his books but found some of these short stories rather odd and quite disturbing.
Published 15 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read when you have read the crimson petal
Highly recommend michael faber to any reader. Read under the skin for a new literary experience. The crimson petal and the pearl is brilliant and the apple gives you a follow on... Read more
Published 15 months ago by mick munday
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