Mysterious Skin Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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About the Author
The author of two novels and a volume of poetry, Scott Heim has written for numerous publications, including The Advocate, Village Voice, and Nerve.com. He lives in Boston.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The innocence of Brian Lackey - one of the book's two main characters - is sharply contrasted by the knowing cynicism of his superficially unlikely ally, Neil McCormick. Neil is as sinister as Brian is guileless, but the shared childhood experience that links the two boys moves beyond the boundaries of a straightforward struggle between the "good" character and the one the reader initially assumes to be the "bad."
The story is told in the first person narrative shared between both characters, and the regular flits between the two distinct personalities gives context, texture and further depth to the levels of emotion in which the reader is gently immersed. Heim leaves no stone unturned when exploring the influences that affect the young adult: poverty, neglect, family ritual and marital breakdown are all woven into the story, but it is the powerful coping mechanisms that even a child can find within himself when flirting with the thrill of the forbidden that is the most fascinating aspect of the story. Mysterious Skin is as much a story about loss of innocence as it is about the power of young sexuality, and rarely is the inevitable link between the two so skillfully managed.
Heim maintains a style, pace and rhythm that is seamlessly graceful throughout the book even during the most harrowing scenes.Read more ›
Mysterious Skin is an original and imaginative representation of the effects of child abuse, and although the author is graphic in his writing, his style offers a very unique way of bringing ordinary characters to an exciting new level.
The story concerns two male characters and their journey to discover a truth about their past and who they really are, but I don't want to reveal too much as I may spoil it for new eyes.
After finishing the book I realised how much emotion I had felt for these two characters, and yes I admit it, it was a heartbreaking yet satisfying read. I urge anyone to read this book, even if books aren't really your thing, you should consider this an exception!!!! Hey who knows, it may change your life.
The subject matter is such that many people would find this book harrowing but I found it, if not `entertaining' absorbing. I did, however, find some Americanisms annoying, e.g. `crawl space' and `to touch it (Neil's hair) would be like touching corduroy'
One of our members read the whole book in one sitting because it was so engaging, another said that it was `beautiful and well-crafted.' One member pointed out that the `moral landscape' of this book mirrors the flat physical landscape of Kansas, where the story is set.
I shall never see folk who believe in UFOs or in devils in quite the same way again. What awful experience have they undergone that makes them believe so irrationally? Is abduction by aliens, one member asked, really to do with the abduction of memories?
The author avoids a `victims' and `monsters' scenario: the paedophile coach is portrayed as an immature adult and there is a telling juxtaposition, at the end, as the innocence of the Christmas carol `Silent night.......holy infant tender and mild' sung outside contrasts with the recollection of innocence violated and stolen inside. One of the children was not completely innocent: `Half of me knew if wasn't right, the other half wanted it to happen.'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Depressing story, incredibly badly written. Completely unrealistic characters and thoroughly warped story line. Almost as bad as the film!Published 13 months ago by ReviewMonkey
4 1/2 stars -- This is a haunting and disturbingly open-ended book. It's about two boys (young men, by the time the story ends) who go through similar traumatic experiences at the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stanley Crowe
A gripping novel, the first book I read written by Scott Heim. Quite frightening to see how easy it can be to abuse children even in places like rural Kansas. Read morePublished on 13 July 2014 by hans stoel
I had chosen to read this book because I had heard such good things about Scott Heim. It didn't disappoint. I ripped through it at a pace of knots. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2010 by M. Lancaster
this book made me cry....i couldnt put it down. the book touches subjects that question the mind; it made me feel sorry for both brian and neil, and the fact that one man scarred... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2008 by R. S. Emin
Normally it doesnt matter how bad a book is i can always read it through to the end. But this book was truely awful, i couldnt bare to finish the last little bit i had left. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2005 by K. J. Jukes