Sunday, 12 August 2012

Summer Book Review No. 2: 'The Book Of Human Skin' by Michelle Lovric

It was a about a month ago that I finished reading this book.  It was the first one that I had read since finishing my English A-Level and what a book to read!  It was exciting, intriguing, dark, humorous and most of all, intelligently written.  The novel follows the story of a young girl's life, plagued by her truly evil older brother, and all the people she encounters and affects along the way.  As well as the girl's narrative voice, we also get to read the narratives of several other characters surrounding her, including the not so nice ones!  Although the chapters switch between narrators on a regular basis, the novel never feels stodgy or over complicated.  The characters are beautifully realised by Lovric, and I found some of the darker characters to be the more thrilling to read; in particular, there's a crazy nun, who sends chills down your spin whenever you read her narration.  Overall, I would give this a 4.5 out of 5, because I found it to be inventive, intelligent, luxurious in its scope and lingering.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves and adventure/historical/romance novel.

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