The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White

(This review first appeared in January 2004) Rating:  The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber.  Harvest Books (2003), 944 pages. It is a theory he’s toyed with for a decade or more, though he’s sharpened it recently; it involves the...
Life of Pi

Life of Pi

(This review first appeared in May 2003) Rating:  Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.  Harvest Books (2003), 336 pages. The zebra’s broken leg was missing. The hyena had bitten it off and dragged it to the stern, behind the zebra. A flap of skin hung limply...