On the coronary heart of this panoramic, multidimensional narrative is the compelling wrestle of a younger girl to raise her physique and soul out of the gutter. Faber leads us again to 1870s London, the place Sugar, a nineteen-year-old whore within the brothel of the terrifying Mrs. Castaway, yearns for escape to a greater life. Her ascent via the strata of Victorian society presents us intimacy with a number of lovable, maddening, unforgettable characters. They start with William Rackham, an egotistical fragrance magnate whose ambition is fueled by his lust for Sugar, and whose patronage brings her into proximity to his prolonged household and milieu: his unhinged, childlike spouse, Agnes, who manages to beat her power hysteria to make her appearances throughout “the Season”; his mysteriously hidden-away daughter, Sophie, left to the care of minions; his pious brother, Henry, foiled in his devotional calling by a persistently less-than-chaste love for the Widow Fox, whose efforts on behalf of The Rescue Society lead Henry into ever-more disturbing confrontations with flesh; all this overseen by assorted preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all stripes and persuasions. Twenty years in its conception, analysis, and writing, The Crimson Petal and the White is teeming with life, wealthy in texture and incident, with characters breathtakingly actual. In a category by itself, it is a huge, juicy, must-read of a novel that can delight, enthrall, provoke, and entertain younger and previous, female and male.http://books.google.com/books/previewlib.js
(ESPECIALLY ONE LIKE ME) to be a Grown Man (BLACK MAN) a Father ? My Mother worked HARD you hear me. 2 jobs, one in the early morning and One in Late Evenings. I am being 1000000 with you when I say this, (NOT 100) most of the time when she left in the Morning for work, she never returned home, it was straight to the part time job, just to provide for Herself and Me. (THESE DAYS, THAT'S HARD) Some -things do/did change, but never HER LOVE FOR ME (MY MOM'S) . What did change was ME... I started growing up, became a father @ 20 (KINDA GOOD THOUGH RIGHT?), went through a lot of turmoil though, Dropped Out Of School. (TOOK MOM THROUGH HELL - YOU HEAR ME!). AND YES, I KNOW I DID.... NOW I DO. I end up GOING TO JAIL on her (MY MOM) a couple of times. Matter of Fact, to Keep it 1000000 That's all I did for a while, for small things though, like Driving. I end up having 4 more Kids, whom I love dearly, like any father would. NOW, My Mom works a part time job, ONLY. (STILL ABOUT THAT MONEY) .ONE THING I NOTICED THAT DID CHANGE FOR MY MOM, NOW She does not only take care of HERSELF, and Me, BUT She also helps OUT with (MY KIDS) Her Grandkids. HEY,...What can I say, SHE'S MY MOM. "LOVE YOU MOTHER".. and THANKS 4 RAISING ME THE BEST YOU COULD.WHO SAID/SAYS "A WOMAN CAN'T RAISE A MAN"?I 4 SURE DON'T, Matter Fact, I COULD NEVER HONESTLY SAY THAT.OLD (FFC).. FAIRFIELD COURT.YOU KNOW SOME,... THEM PROJECTS TAUGHT ME WELL.... Back 2 Me.... (I AM A PRODUCT OF MY ENVIRONMENT) Now Tell Me, What'sMy Environment?
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