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Under The Skin de [Faber, Michel]
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'The fantastic is so nicely played against the day-to-day that one feels the strangeness of both ... A remarkable novel.' New York Times

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Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built and alone?

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
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  • Editor: Canongate Books; Edición: New edition (1 de enero de 2000)
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Kind of interesting plot, and with elements for unsettling the soul, but I did not really enjoy much the book. Not quite convincing story.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Source for, but very different from, the film 13 de junio de 2016
Por MACdamoose - Publicado en Amazon.com
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As this book was published a couple of decades ago, and the film based loosely on it is 2 or 3 years old now, this review - while containing no real spoilers for the uninitiated - is intended primarily for those who have seen the movie, but not yet read the book.

First, if you've seen the movie of the same name, and are expecting to replicate the experience...don't. Other than the most basic common plot, theme, and set-up elements - an enigmatic young woman drives around Scotland, using her sexuality to pick up men for what are, at first, undisclosed but clearly sinister reasons; the thematic emphasis on what, exactly, it means to be "human" - the narratives diverge in ways large & small. Starting with the fact that the woman, nameless in the movie, is called "Isserley" in the book. The differences grow greater from there. Basically, I believe that the book provided excellent source material, but the writers/producers/director of the film took the narrative down a wildly different path.You may find them both equally enjoyable, or nearly so (as I did; preferring the movie slightly), or may be wildly disappointed with 1 or the other, or both. It seems that the film has been viewed largely as a "love-it-or-hate-it" work. The book impresses me as being more accessible; more likely to be viewed positively...which may explain its' being optioned as the source for a film in the first place. But both, in my opinion, qualify as legitimate works of art. Ya pays your money, ya makes your choice.....
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Who's 'Human?' An Unpleasant Mirror 8 de enero de 2016
Por Dawn Ray - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I found this book to be a fascinating reflection on human nature and our perceptions of the world around us. Isserly is not from this planet, but she calls herself 'human.' Of course, since she is here to collect male specimens for the most expensive delicacy on her planet, Earth-humanity are called 'vodsels,' and are considered dumb animals. Isserly feels more of a connection with sheep, who seem far more 'human' to her. She has gone through extreme body modification to perform her job, suffering greatly. Although she has been deformed in her own eyes, stripped of her genetic identity, and the only female of her kind on the planet, the Earth is a joyous wonder to her, the sea enchanting, the sky infinitely fascinating, and the moisture that falls from the incredibly colored sky is a miracle of the first order to her large, strangely luminous eyes, which she must keep hidden behind thick glasses.
Isserly hunts the highways and byways of Scotland, searching for those men who won't be missed, who have a good body....good enough for the purposes of the Vess Corporation, the company that pulled Isserly from her desperate situation and gave her an entire world to roam as she will...and as long as she keeps her end of the bargain, they'll shelter and protect her. When the boss's son visits the farm, his radical ideas set off a chain reaction of thoughts and emotions that build to an unexpected climax. This book raises many thought provoking ideas about the treatment of other species by humanity, and questions about how our perceptions can be altered by profit. A well put together and intelligent story.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A Disturbing Story That Would Be Much Loved By Vegetarians (Thar Be Spoilers Ahead)... 17 de marzo de 2014
Por Camazotz - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Under The Skin is a profoundly disturbing and very well-written book. The central character, Isserley, is an alien from a rather dystopian planet that has been stratified to the point of ruin by what we'd think of as "...the one-percent." While she had the pedigree to be a one-percenter herself, she instead ended up having her body modified so that she might pass for human at a glance and was sent to Earth to assist in the acquisition of "vodsels"...people, in other words, because their flesh is considered a delicacy among the super-wealthy of her race.

Under The Skin is no garden variety horror novel, however. The basic premise is obvious once the reader is a quarter of the way through the story. It's the philosophical implications for human beings--who thoughtlessly kill animals by the billions so that we might have some hunger sated for a few moments--that proves to be the most distressing (and indirectly acknowledged) aspect of Faber's tale.

Isserley's capture of the vodsels is often more sad than horrifying, although her companions' fattening of them adds a layer of gore that I found so dreadful I was forced to skim a chapter or two (which is saying quite a lot; I have a notoriously strong stomach, although it was more the grimness of the novel working in tandem with its cruelty that caused me to turn away).

The final half of the book--which introduces a character who is something of a vodsel-rights-activist, and a couple of truly dangerous vodsels that Isserley must spar with--presents the reader with a rich, push/pull philosophy underlying Faber's work and, in my estimation, the best and most worthwhile portion of the novel.

This is a heartbreaking read and well worth a look if you're in a certain kind of dark mood (or if you're a dedicated animal rights activist). I've knocked off one star simply because, for all of its musings and their implications, there's really no solution offered to the reader. You're left upset about the state of the world but with no means and no particular inspiration to repair it.

Still, Faber is a very talented writer and I don't at all regret picking up Under The Skin.

4 Stars.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Under the Skin, Underwhelming 16 de marzo de 2015
Por Sprout - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I should be right in the readership wheelhouse for books like this. I love sci-fi, I'm not freaked out by gore or uncomfortable themes, and I don't even care about traditional pacing or formatting of how books flow.

I will offer that I saw the movie first, and was completely captivated with it. I then decided I wanted to explore the concepts that were floated in front of me, thinking that if I read the book, I would have a nice double-barreled viewpoint.

In short: the novel kind of fell flat in comparison to the film. They are both a little dark and messed up, but where the film really hooked me and set my mind afire with the bizarre alternate viewpoint of humanity from an alien consciousness, the novel's attempt at the same seemed so forced, overtly pedestrian, and too literal. The novel did the thinking for me, the film allowed me to come to my own thoughts about it. This is unusual; it's usually the other way around.

There were a few moments of revelation that were interesting such as when we are finally brought into the fold of what is going on with the mysterious vodsels in the camp, but other than that, I experienced very little suspense while reading this book. I think the author could have been a little more creative with the background and world building. As it was, his world building was just making up about 6 alien sounding words and hinting at a few other things regarding the culture - and while he did fill in some more detail in the 2nd half of the book, it just seemed very staccato, not woven into the fabric of the story, but glommed on to it.

I will say, though, that the dialog between Isserley and her marks in the car scenes were well done and a high point in an otherwise underwhelming novel. Perhaps I was expecting too much. The film completely blew me away with its style and form. The novel seemed to be a chore to read.

I actually wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it if weirdness is your bag, though. I wonder how I would have reacted to this book if I hadn't seen the film first.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Riveting, creative, and beautiful 6 de septiembre de 2016
Por Kindle Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Without giving too much away, I'll just say you might consider becoming vegetarian after reading this novel. Even though the protagonist is doing something abhorrent for her company, you feel for her. She is lonely, in a boy's club, lives in meager lodgings, and must subject herself to danger and unsavory characters daily.

I loved the author's prose, describing all the horror like pure poetry, literary ballet. I actually saw the movie first. It was entertaining, but I like the book better.
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