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Review: The Apple – Michel Faber

The Apple – Michel FaberThe Apple is Michel Faber’s follow up to The Crimson Petal and the White, a collection of short stories which, as an addition to his tour de force, is disappointing.

Faber assures us that these stories can be standalone or read as supplementary to Crimson Petal. In reality, they will only mean anything to readers who have read his magnum opus and want more.

Faber’s style is as seductive as ever, but fans will be disappointed that the stories shed no real light on the ambiguous ending to Crimson Petal. Instead, they create more speculation.

The foreword is the most engaging part of the book. Citing some of the feedback that Faber received for Crimson Petal, he reveals how readers were full of praise for the writing, frustrated by the tantalising cliffhanger, and desperate for a sequel. Far from satiating our curiosity, The Apple will just spark a fresh bout of aggrieved fan mail. VP

Related: Review: The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber

About Victoria Pritchard

Columnist, reviewer, author and sometime sports coach


2 thoughts on “Review: The Apple – Michel Faber

  1. I wanted to thank you due to this great read!! I definitely enjoying every bit of it

    Posted by C Vrypt | Jan 19, 2013, 6:34 pm
  2. I thought The Apple was an exceptional collection of short stories, and that many of those stories answered a lot of the questions raised in The Crimson Petal and The White.

    Posted by Essie Fox | Jan 22, 2013, 2:18 pm

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