Under the Skin

Under the Skin

Book - 2000
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Isserley picks up hitchhikers with big muscles. She, herself, is tiny-like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. She has a remarkable face and wears the thickest corrective lenses anyone has ever seen. Her posture is suggestive of some spinal problem. Her breasts are perfect; perhaps implants. She is strangely erotic yet somehow grotesque, vulnerable yet threatening. Her hitchhikers are a mixed bunch of men-trailer trash and travelling postgrads, thugs and philosophers. But Isserley is only interested in whether they have families and whether they have muscles. Then, it's only a question of how long she can endure her pain-physical and spiritual-and their conversation. Michel Faber's work has been described as a combination of Roald Dahl and Franz Kafka, as Somerset Maugham shacking up with Ian McEwan. At once humane and horrifying, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory-our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion. A grotesque and comical allegory announcing the arrival of an exciting talent, rich and assured.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, c2000
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780151006267
0151006261
Branch Call Number: FIC Faber 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 311 p

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hollymassie
Nov 24, 2017

Disturbing, Fascinating. Stayed with me for days. Recommend.

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eusebius
Oct 28, 2017

I saw the film some time ago; it is mediocre, hardly more than a sketch of the original story. Faber's book offers a coherent account of the purpose of Isserley's frenetic drives along that Scottish highway, but as a comment on today's society or even as science-fiction I've read better.

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vanravenstein
Sep 07, 2016

The book is better than the movie. It gets into the main character's thoughts and shows what happens to her victims. And she is not alone.

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pasmendiola
Aug 02, 2016

a really thought provoking book, with a complex female character< I highly recommend this one

In & Out Vodsel

One of the most haunting stories I've ever read. It's so creative I can barely believe it. Still, slow-motion nightmarishness. A mix of the philosophic and gruesome blood hash death! It gets the Kelly D. Snuff Maximus Award for nastiness and blood drenched slaughter. If they ever made a movie that followed the book strictly, it'd make John Hurt's chest exploding scene seem like Winnie the Pooh getting his head stuck in a pot of honey.

Read the rest of my review on my blog:

http://www.kellydowhower.com/blog1/book_review:_under_the_skin/

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anon_reader
Dec 29, 2015

You may have seen the movie and think there's no need to read the book. If so: read the book! It is very different from the movie and equally brilliant.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 28, 2015

Dutch-born, Scottish-based writer Michael Faber wrote what I think is one of the great novels of our time, his massive, sweeping, ironic take on the Victorian novel, "The Crimson Petal and the White." I was familiar with "Under the Skin," his debut novel, from Jonathan Glazer's film, starring Scarlett Johnansson, one of last year's best (and most misunderstood) film. The book is quite a bit different and while it was an intriguing and original blend of sci-fi, horror, and social satire that recalled Huxley and Alex Garland, it didn't really come together for me. It's still well worth reading, as there's not much else like it in current fiction. But definitely see the film.

GVPL290661 Feb 23, 2015

Fantastic! Really 'out there' with a new, yet credible plotline. NOTHING like the movie, which barely takes a hint of the theme as its basis.

If you don't mind more than a modest pinch of horror -- not for the squeamish if you're empathic, this is a great escapist science fiction story.

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The protagonist is a female underdog from a severely impoverished planet of fellow 'humans' as they think of themselves who deal with us, animals far less than human in her and their view.

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stewstealth
Nov 20, 2014

An original story with a well written narrative. The themes are a bit tired and trite. The characterization especially for the fringe characters is not fully developed. Overall a pretty good read. Worth it if you are interested.

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vfryzek
Sep 16, 2014

A lot different then the movie but a really good book.
The Movie is Visually compelling like the books Prose is poetic.

The book helps make sense of a lot of the movies visuals.
You could see why the director did what he did in the movie.

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