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Under the Skin

Faber, Michel (Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"In this haunting, entrancing novel, Michel Faber introduces us to Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. A grotesque and comical allegory, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory--our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion--to present a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok."--P. [4] of cover.
Authors: Faber, Michel
Title: Under the skin
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, 2001, c2000
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Michel Faber
Notes: "A Harvest book"
Reprint. Originally published: c2000. With new reading group guide
Summary: "In this haunting, entrancing novel, Michel Faber introduces us to Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. A grotesque and comical allegory, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory--our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion--to present a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok."--P. [4] of cover.
ISBN: 0156011603
9780156011600
Branch Call Number: FICTION FABER 2001
Subject Headings: Hitchhiking Fiction Scotland Fiction
Genre/Form: Horror fiction
Topical Term: Hitchhiking
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Sep 16, 2014
  • vfryzek rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 26, 2014
  • Basileus rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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 movie of this book is different, but the same themes are there, so check them both out and compare the two.

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.

Jul 25, 2014
  • MrSuaveh rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 12, 2014
  • SophieMontague rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is thought provoking and entertaining to read. Although you do wonder how many hitchhikers there are in Scotland; could there really be so many hitchhikers who would not be missed? So you have to suspend your disbelief. But the book is compelling and you read on anxiously to see why and what exactly is happening. And then it is revealed. The first bit hooks you and off you go. I found Isserly to be a sympathetic character with a good work ethic.
SO much better than the Crimson Petal; god i hated that book. It never ended!

Mar 23, 2014
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Whereas I found the dystopia a great - and effective - way to tackle the moral conundrum of eating animals, the story itself just did not appeal to me.
Although I was quite willing to suspend disbelief with this extraterrestrial industry, I just couldn't buy that so many disappearances would go unnoticed in Scotland. The novel would have been much more believable in the favelas of Basil or shantytowns in Africa. Also, I didn't feel that I could relate to any of the characters, although Isserley is really quite a tragic figure. I would have liked more background into her past to understand what pushed her into such a dire decision... the whole premise is just too superficially presented.
I had much greater expectations after The Crimson Petal and the White, which I loved. Although an intriguing read, not necessarily one I would recommend.

Sep 25, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

''Under the Skin'' is a remarkable novel, a strange, sometimes crude meditation on mercy, pain and iniquity. By ANDRÉ ALEXIS

Sep 20, 2011
  • JLwordplay rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This may be one of the best books I've ever read. I was hooked from the first line. I can't wait to read other titles by this author.

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