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The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric
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Jan 05, 12

Read from December 31, 2011 to January 04, 2012

This was a strangely compelling book set in 18thC Venice and Peru with a cast of bizarre characters including the central character, a sadist who sets out to destroy his sister and a fanatical nun, both of which are two of the most unpleasant characters I have ever come across in a novel. Repulsion is an emotion strongly aroused in the first part of the novel, but stuck with the pages turn fast and I admire the scholarly research that has gone into the book which is well documented by the author. At bottom it is about human relationships and the power of one human being to damage another both physically and mentally and the strength of the abused to fight back and retain their humanity. Looking forward to seeing what my fellow Book Club readers think.
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message 1: by Sue (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sue Lyle This is a very unusual book that I felt compelled to keep reading despite the central character's complete awfulness. It is set in 18thC Venice and Peru and is very well and honestly researched. I would never have chosen it if it hadn't been my Book Club's choice for this month. I am interested to find out what my fellow book club readers think.


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