Under the Skin

Under the Skin

Book - 2000
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Michel Faber's debut novel was shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread First Novel Award and received astounding critical acclaim and a cult following. An imaginative, gripping work in a genre of its own, Under the Skin centres around Isserley, a female driver who picks up male hitchhikers with big muscles. A horrifying, heart-thumping ride through dangerous moral territory, Under the Skin is by turns funny, macabre and deeply affecting.

"A fascinating book.... The fantastic is so nicely played against the day-to-day that one feels the strangeness of both.... Remarkable." The New York Times Book Review

Publisher: HarperPerennialCanada, 2000.
ISBN: 9780006393726
Branch Call Number: FICTION FAB

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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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Basileus
Jul 26, 2014

A rather interesting book. Isserley is a young woman who spends her time driving the roads of Scotland and picks up hitch hikers. If they don't meet her criteria, she lets them go. If they do meet her standards, she drugs them and takes them back to her farm. What is done to the men is only revealed a little bit at a time, but when the full reveal comes, it is truly horrific. Without giving too much away, the reader feels unsure of Isserley. Is she a monster, or is she also a victim of her society? Hard to tell. No matter what you feel about her and what is really happening at that farm, this is a pretty good book and it is thought provoking as well. The recent Scarlett Johannson film of the book doesn't pack the same punch, but has the same themes. Check them both out and compare.

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MrSuaveh
Jul 25, 2014

This book does hook you by slowly revealing details about the main characters and some nice prose. However the book is a little too slow and repetitious for my taste. I felt the story was too limited and many of potentially interesting subplots and background were neglected while the main themes were unnecessarily repeated.

I wanted to like the book but after reading it I wish I would of spent my time on something else.

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