La Piel Fría
Începutul suna foarte bine. "Niciodată nu ne aflăm destul de departe de cei pe care-i urâm. Prin urmare...more
"We are never far from those we hate." (Pg. 1)
A small, remote island is located on the edge of the Arctic Circle which is only accessible by boat, that passes just once a year. A young man accepts a solitary 12 month assignment on the island - the 'Weather Official' post. Yet, when he arrives, his predecessor cannot be found and just a fellow castaway named Gruner, whom is assumed to be the Maritime Signal Technician, is the young mans only, rather inhospitable, companion.
As the fi...more
Yup, the author is an anthropologist. Who else could create such a strange depiction of human behavior stretched to its limits? Or, better stated, who else would know enough about human behavior to care to do so?
I am a bit puzzled by the number of languages this book has been translated into from the Catalan. I mean, it isn't THAT good. Any book involving monsters is going to turn off half (if not more) of the world's population. The other half may be turned off by all t...more
Leido gracias al préstamo de Bookcrossing, voy a copiar mi review de su journal. Al momento de terminarlo tuve una especie de alucinación...
///////////////////// El libro es atrapante! lo leí de un tirón. Me gustó pero me pasó algo extraño que conversé con mi esposo: yo tal vez me dé cuenta de los mecanismos del autor, o tal vez el autor desea que nos demos cuen...more
This is the best horror book I have r...more
But from another direction it is quite good: it is an allegory for almost anything. Its themes and imagery embark on a Jungian expansion into primal sources.
The most frustrating thing is how the narrative overlooks the logic and possibilities of what it has set up, a...more
That being said, the whole...more
well i finished reading it over the course of a week since i made myself go slow as i was enjoying it immensely. and the book has stayed with me for some reason.
i would characterize it a 'horror' story, i guess. and although i enjoy horror, supernatur...more
But it did not disappoint, it had a sinister theme about humans and how we perceive anything alien.
A good read!
Un'isola sperduta nei mari antartici (altra corda alla quale sono sensibile), un ex-ribelle irlandese giunge alla stazione meteorologica dove dovrà passare un anno isolato dal mondo. Unico suo vicino, una sorta di guardiano del faro non esattamente cordiale. E la notte stessa dell'arrivo l'irlandese si trova assediat...more
Au fil de ce huis c...more
Ceci est un cri d’extase. Cela devrait suffire à donner une idée de l’effet que m’a fait ce livre mais je vais tout de même m’exprimer de manière civilisée.
De prime abord, le sujet m’emballait grave sa race. Et une fois le livre entamé, je fus happée par l’ambiance et le cadre angoissant de cette île perdue au milieu de nulle part. Le personnage du narrateur débarque innocemment sur l’île, prêt à y vivre une année entière, avec des raisons de fuir la civilisation qui lui sont propr...more
That really only explains the first twenty-five pages. The direction it goes from there is consistently unpredictable. Without giving too much a way, I have one word for you: monsters.
While it owes something to Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness", it takes its own path. Made me want to check out more Catalan...more
I first read it in February of 2008 and thought it was a terrific and confounding book. A real challenge! Well written, gripping and unsuspecting. Is it horror? Gothic? A philosophical fantasy?
Looking forward to reading PANDORA IN THE JUNGLE, Pinol's thematic follow-up!
This is basically a Man Vs Monster book which takes itself a bit too seriously.
It began well but towards the midpoint began losing it's steam and in the end reached a rather predictable and dull conclusion.Worth a read if you are bored.
It was worth to read, but in my opinion, it wasn't worth for awards.