Remember when I read The Crimson Petal and the White and loved it? I mean, what’s not to love about a book set in Victorian times, containing juicy details on what life was like for people of all social ranks, and with a fascinating plot as well? That was definitely one of the books that left me wanting more. And here is more!
The Apple is a collection of short stories concerning the same characters, set before or after the events in the book. It was quite funny how many people felt the same way as me, in the introduction the author includes some of the mail he received from outraged people demanding to know what happened after the sudden end of The Crimson Petal and the White. I think this collection of stories is a brilliant addition to the tale the author told in the novel.
It has the same incredibly detailed backdrop of 19th century London, which I find fascinating, and of course the memorable characters from the novel. Just like in the novel, there’s a lot of pain and sex and despair and hope and, basically, life in this book. I believe it is this mix of the gruesome, the shocking, the beautiful and the thought-provoking that makes both this books so addicting. I mean, I wanted to keep reading this book until I was done, I could not put it down. I even read while walking, which is something I never do for fear of falling on my face.
I suggest you run and read The Crimson Petal and the White first and then chase it with The Apple, you won’t be sorry.