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RE: (TFT) Rant: part VI
From: "Cas and LISA Liber (& family)" <email@example.com>
DMGII (and other evilponderers)-
all this stuff on evil resonates nicely with
a cool book I just read - Under the Skin, by Michel Faber.
I was curious so I looked up this review of the book real quick. I noticed
the reviewer wrapped up by using the terms "so distinctive," and "so
David Michael Grouchy II
In the opening pages of Under the Skin, a lone female is scouting the
Scottish Highlands in search of well-proportioned men: "Isserley always
drove straight past a hitch-hiker when she first saw him, to give herself
time to size him up. She was looking for big muscles: a hunk on legs. Puny,
scrawny specimens were no use to her." At this point, the reader might be
forgiven for anticipating some run-of-the-mill psychosexual drama. But
commonplace expectation is no help when it comes to Michel Faber's strange
and unsettling first novel; small details, then major clues, suggest that
something deeply bizarre is afoot. What are the reasons for Isserley's
extensive surgical scarring, her thick glasses, her excruciating backache?
Who are the solitary few who work on the farm where her cottage is located?
And why are they all nervous about the arrival of someone called Amlis Vess?
The ensuing narrative is of such cumulative, compelling strangeness that it
almost defies description. The one thing that can be said with certainty is
that Under the Skin is unlike anything else you have ever read. Faber's
control of his medium is nearly flawless. Applying the rules of
psychological realism to a fictional world that is both terrifying and
unearthly, he nonetheless compels the reader's absolute identification with
Isserley. Not even the author's fine short-story collection, Some Rain Must
Fall, prepared us for such mastery. Under the Skin is ultimately a
reviewer's nightmare and a reader's dream: a book so distinctive, so
elegantly written, and so original that one can only urge everybody in
earshot to experience it, and soon. --Burhan Tufail --This text refers to an
out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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