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The Fahrenheit Twins

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  927 ratings  ·  88 reviews
One of the most original and daring writers in English letters, Michel Faber shows his incredible mastery of wildly diverse literary forms with this, his long-awaited second collection of stories. Faber’ s characters in these 17 fictions are often dislocated— fragile beings confronting moments of fracture— in worlds that are both real and surreal. From the achingly sad liv ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Canongate Books (first published 2005)
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MJ Nicholls
A rather readable batch of stories written in an edgy yet extremely cosy style, i.e. a shoo-in for Canongate. The writer is an Aussie of Dutch origin living in the Highlands who writes largely about Scottish characters, so my shelving him in the general European section is mostly biological pedantry. If you want a masterclass in how to win literary awards in this country look no further than these pieces, among them the weirdly spooky ‘All Black’ and ‘The Eyes of the Soul,’ the contemporary slic ...more
knig
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
The sum total of these weird and wonderful stories is a firework packed with explosive which never actually ignites: potential which never culminates but rather fizzles out.

The story about the eponymous twins, for example, sees these two nine year olds living somewhere: in a tundra, barren and isolated, with just their parents for company: parents who disappear for long stretches to study the indigenous Guhiynui leaving the twosome to tend to themselves. One day mum dies from food poisoning (?)
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Paul Bryant
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories

As you know Michel Faber is a rocking novelist who wrote the great, the mighty, the stumunguous The Crimson Petal and the White and also wrote the masterpiece of creep Under the Skin. So here I am scooping up the back catalogue and this collection appeared between skin and petal and is deeply readable but wouldn’t have had me throwing street parties if it had been the first Faber I read. File next to Graham Swift’s Learning to Swim and Ian McEwan’s First Love, Last Rites.

There are two stories o
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lanius_minor
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Michel Faber má námětů a fantazie na rozdávání. Leckterý autor v krizi by určitě byl sáhl po kterékoliv z těch sedmnácti povídek a natáhl je (jako těsto na tažený závin) na větší formát. Kam se chodí na takové nápady, třeba že existuje dům, ve kterém najdou útočiště ztracenci se svým nelehkým životním osudem sepsaným na zádech trička, nebo jaké to je probrat se po pěti letech z vegetativního stavu a vrátit se k manželce a dětem, nebo jak vzácným artiklem se může stát světlo a jak na jeho ubývání ...more
Kate
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Вообще терпеть не могу сейчас читать рассказы и ужасно зла, я думала, что у меня ещё роман Фейбера оставался нечитанный.
Но несмотря на мою горячую предубежденность против этой книги, очень понравилось почти всё.
Martin Malík
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prvé stretnutie s Faberom dopadlo dobre. Ba čo viac veľmi dobre. Všehochuť. V každom súste je cítiť niekto iný. Niekde Dahl, niekde Kafka, niekde McEwan. Okraj spoločnosti, pocity, hranice, ktoré niektorí ustoja, iní nie. Ale život je taký. Niekto sa poláme, niekto ostane celý, no každý nejako dopadne. Krok tento rok správnym smerom.
Dymbula
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mám rád Faberovy povídky, mám rád Janišovy překlady. Faber umí i pěkně tlusté romány, ale jeho povídky jsou malé svítivé drahokamy.
Vanda
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: povídky
Michel Faber je jedním z těch požehnaných spisovatelů, kteří i na malém prostoru dokážou jít až na dřeň.
Sam Quixote
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Michel Faber's a brilliant writer and I've loved his other two short story collections "Some Rain Might Fall" and "The Apple" as well as two novels "The Fire Gospel" and the brilliant "Under the Skin, but "The Fahrenheit Twins" is his weakest book yet. It contains some cracking scenarios and his usual high standard of writing but the majority of tales here have the spark but not extra something that makes the stories complete.

"The Safehouse" is about a homeless man wearing a T-shirt containing
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Bob
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it
The good bits about this:
The writing is brilliant, the characters all fascinating - even the ones who are strange or sick and the imagination is beyond description.'The Eyes of the Soul,'Serious Swimmers' and 'Explaining Coconuts'are only a few examples - you get to the end and know that that is where the story should stop, even if it could have gone on further.
The bad bits:
It's advertised as a collection of short stories, but many of them start off, pull you along for a number of pages and then
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Deanne
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
As is usual with a book of short stories this is a mixed bag of great, so-so and what the. Prefer Faber's longer works as he's good with characters, liked the Crimson petal and the white.
Helen
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novellide meistriklass.
Emanuel
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
The Safehouse -4★
Andy Comes Back -3★
The Eyes of the Soul -4★
Serious Swimmers -3★
Explaining Coconuts -5★
Finesse -2★
Flesh Remains Flesh -3★
Less Than Perfect -3★
A Hole With Two Ends -3★
The Smallness of the Action -4★
All Black- 3★
Mouse -2★
Someone to Kiss it Better -3★
Beyond Pain- 2★
Tabitha Warren - 2★
Vanilla-Bright Like EMINEM - 2★
The Fahrenheit Twins -3★
Mariella
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K tomuhle jsem se dostala náhodou - pravda, ta šílená slevu na e-knihu by sama nestačila, zafungoval autor, od kterého jsem už pár věcí přečetla - ale i tak jsem upřímně netušila co vlastně čekat. Jistě, sbírky povídek, ale od Fabera jsem četla neuvěřitelný román z viktoriánské Anglie i povedené filozofické sci-fi, tak co by mohlo být tohle?
Něco úžasného jako vždy - ve zkratce. V trochu delších slovech - zajímavé povídky, povětšinou lehce děsivé a znepokojující. Různé postavy, různá místa, různ
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Riccardo Riboli
Il suo principale pregio e' quello di essere scritto da una mente evidentemente geniale e camaleontica , capace di entrare nei panni di vagabondi affamati e di madri poco affidabili , di adulti mai davvero cresciuti e di giovanissimi con fin troppe responsabilita' sulle spalle - anche ambientazioni storico/geografiche sono molto varie , senza che mai la capacita' immedesimativa dell autore cali. Questo pero' e' anche il suo difetto : questi racconti cosi differenti si amalgamano poco in una racc ...more
Emily Randall
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
The first short story really got my imagination going, it was about a homeless man, hinting at a past but not revealing it to you, later the homeless man finds out he and others are wearing t-shirts that contain information about their lives, yet this is told using symbols and he is unable to decipher them, the ending indicates him feeling a sense of belonging. Overall this story is frustrating as it leaves the reader with so many unanswered questions!

I found that most of the short stories were
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Tina
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This isn't going to be a very in-depth review because I read this book weeks ago and all I really remember was that it paled in comparison with the Some Rain Must Fall: And Other Stories collection, in that most of the stories were rather bland or the ending fell flat. Struggling to think of any that I even remember from the collection is hard, yet there were three I liked quite a bit. The first being the one with Eminem in the title - that was a short, sweet, interesting piece. I also really en ...more
Emili
Dec 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Eh. Faber wrote one of my fave books ("The Crimson Petal and the White") so my expectations were high. But this tome of short-stories was very hit-and-miss. Some were astoundingly good, while others felt amateur--like he'd written them in one night for an Advanced Creative Writing class. Ah, well.
Fabiana
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La prima cosa che colpisce di questo libro è la facilità con cui si legge. I racconti sono scritti benissimo e le pagine si sfogliano con leggerezza.
La valutazione negativa è data dal fatto che, sebbene siano appunto stese bene, le storie non mi sono piaciute, per varie ragioni.
Alcune mi sono sembrate troppo brevi, non ho fatto in tempo ad affezionarmi ai personaggi, che rimanevano semplici sagome animate, dai fili del narratore.
Di altre non ho capito il senso e mi sembrava di leggere a vuoto.
Qu
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Tok
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เหนไดชัดวาทำไมความเหนคอนขางแตกตางกันหลายคน

เพราะเรืองเริมมาดูนาสนใจ บางอบอุนหัวใจ (Serious Swimmers, Vanilla-Bright like Eminem) บางรุนแรง (The Smallness of the Action, Someone to kiss it better) บางสรางความนาสงสัย (The Safehouse) แตสิงทีทำใหหลายคนไมชอบนาจะเปนเพราะเรืองมันดำเนินไปเรือยๆกอนจะ... หยุด ไมมีอะไร บางทีปัญหากหายไปเอง บางเรืองตัวละครไมคอยไดเรียนรูอะไรเพิม หรือบางทีกจบแบบไมอธิบายอะไรตอ อาจมองไดวาคนเขียนหมดไอเดียหรือตังใจใหติดอยูในหัวคนอานกได

สำหรับเรา แมจะหงุดหงิดใจกับหลายๆตอน แตมันมีเรือ
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Claudio Calzi
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mi domando come qualcuno abbia potuto trovare anche solo minimamente interessante questa raccolta di racconti.
Partendo dal presupposto che delle 4 raccolte di racconti lette nella mia esistenza solo una é veramente piaciuta (Una piccola cosa che sta per esplodere - Paolo Cognetti), quest'opera di Faber ha l'aggravante di presentare 17 racconti di cui nemmeno uno gode di un finale degno d'essere chiamato tale. Tutti lasciati in sospeso, nessuno escluso. Oltretutto, gran parte di questi racconti n
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Suzy
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Difficult to review this one. Loved it on the whole. Michle Faber is one of my favourite writers, always highly original stories and this collection of short stories is definitely that.

I felt one or two could have been a bit longer, there was one I didn't really "get" but I think it was meant to be deliberately ambiguous to provoke thought. (Or else senility REALLY has crept upon me before I'm 60!!)

The very last story (Fahrenheit Twins of the title) was many things - clever - original - funny -
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Cristian
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mondolibri
Sino ad ora ho sempre rifiutato le Antologie di racconti vari. Qualche volta mi son concesso al massimo una raccolta di racconti di un unico autore.
Purtroppo è una mia pecca, ma non son mai riuscito in oltre 35 anni di assidua lettura a creare un rapporto con i racconti. Ho sempre la sensazione che quando finalmente una storia inizia a coinvolgermi, immediatamente dopo termina.
Ma, con Faber, ed i suoi “ Gemelli Fahrenheit ho veramente scoperto qualcosa di nuovo.
Mai prima d’ora una raccolta mi a
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Michael Reffold
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
The writing is good but the stories are pretty pointless and I much prefer Faber’s novels and poetry. I took a star off for the ridiculousness of two of the stories - Explaining Coconuts and The Smallness of the Action, which some other reviewers seem to think is a highlight of the collection but probably wasn’t meant to make me laugh...
Anton Segers
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Faber kan schrijven, je raakt snel gefascineerd bij elk kortverhaal, maar de ontwikkeling en afloop zijn meestal onbevredigend. Ofwel wordt het verhaal niet afgerond, ofwel blijft het te vaag, vaak is het van een voor mij onverteerbare grauwheid.
De 2, 3 verhalen van de 17 die me raken zijn wel zo mooi dat ze voor twee sterren zorgen.
Ape
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Curious bunch of short stories, and with all collections, there are going to be some you prefer over others. For some unknown (?) reason I really struggled with the first and last stories in particular. I really had to drag myself through the first, and ended up just putting the book to one side as I felt that I didn't have the energy to read more. And then when I returned to the book I enjoyed the other stories to a greater or lesser extent. The first was The Safehouse, and a sad imagining on w ...more
Ena
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
От безысходности к надежде и наоборот: 17 рассказов о человеческой хрупкости, толкающей в разные крайности. Хрупкость разума, тела, характера, хрупкость родственных уз. Разноплановые герои, находящие нестандартные решения проблем, избежавшие наказания или получившие по заслугам.
Самый жуткий - «Малая малость».
Дарующий веру в лучшее - «Настоящие пловцы».
Michael
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Think of it as a box of chocolates, each individually wrapped and each unique and different from the others. Yet each immensely pleasurable.

Or think of the distorting mirrors at a fairground; it is through their distortion that we may come to see ourselves and others a little differently....
Ludmila Kovaříková
Vystižení okamžiků, které obvykle nevnímáme, to mě oslovilo nejvíce. Třeba jediný okamžik, kdy se otec dívá na dceru a syna. Některé povídky byly kruté, a proto jsem později předvídala jen smutné konce. Citlivá je povídka o sbližování matky a syna nebo tanec s heavy metalistou.
Susan
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short stories.
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Michel Faber (born 13 April 1960) is a Dutch writer of English-language fiction.

Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translation a
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