Isserley Loves Books

I like books now. Books are cool.

Currently reading:
Alice Munro - Open Secrets
Then came the war, old sport. It was a great relief, and I tried very hard to die, but I seemed to bear an enchanted life.

Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

I think this is where Gatsby, as a person, first moved me. It doesn’t even matter if it’s true.

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A man who blushed was irresistible, it could not be denied.
SalmanRushdie, Shalimar The Clown
Abulkalam Gegroo completed his brother’s harangue at some lenght, baring a set of decayed teeth in an exaggerated snarl that marked him out as the very worst kind of weak man, the type who might very well kill you to prove his strenght.
Salman Rushdie, Shalimar The Clown
I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I’m afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I’d take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you’d forget me.
Fairfax Rochester, Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë).


Oh wow, and there’s another book sale going on at Book Depository!

But the life she was carrying herself into might not give her anybody to be angry at, or anybody who owed her anything, anybody who could possibly be rewarded or punished or truly affected by what she might do. Her feelings might become of no importance to anybody but herself, and yet they would be bulging up inside her, squeezing her heart and breath.
Alice Munro, Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage.


Casting Announced for BBC Adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell:

Bertie Carvel as Jonathan StrangeEddie Marsan as Gilbert NorrellAriyon Bakare as Stephen BlackMarc Warren as The Gentleman with the Thistle-Down HairEnzo Cilenti as John ChildermassCharlotte Riley as Arabella StrangeSamuel West as Sir Walter PoleAlice Englert as Lady PolePaul Kaye as VinculusPeter Bowles as Lord Liverpool
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We have some cast members!



Casting Announced for BBC Adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell:

Bertie Carvel as Jonathan Strange
Eddie Marsan as Gilbert Norrell
Ariyon Bakare as Stephen Black
Marc Warren as The Gentleman with the Thistle-Down Hair
Enzo Cilenti as John Childermass
Charlotte Riley as Arabella Strange
Samuel West as Sir Walter Pole
Alice Englert as Lady Pole
Paul Kaye as Vinculus
Peter Bowles as Lord Liverpool

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We have some cast members!

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Under The Skin book cover

So today I thought I would rant talk to you about one of my favorite novels ever, and why I fear the upcoming film adaptation is going to be horrible.
The topic is quite near-and-dear to me, since its protagonist, Isserley, gave me my online name.

The novel: Under The Skin, by Michel Faber [of The Crimson Petal and the White fame]. I always find it difficult to plug it, because a big part of the attraction is the tension created by not knowing exactly what is going on for a pretty big part of the story. It begins, tantalisingly,  with a woman, Isserley, driving around on the Scottish highways, looking for healthy, muscular young men.

Under The Skin appeals to me both for its fantastic protagonist - Isserley, who is more human than she could ever know - as for the themes it brings up: what makes us who we are, how morality clashes with survival, how societal pressure bears down on us all. It’s not very subtle, but manages to be blunt without annoying.

Read more, but beware: spoilers ahead!

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Bringing this back because I just went to see the film.

"Based on the book by Michel Faber": huge lie. Only the very abstract concept of "alien-type person preys on human men" was similar, in fact.

As an adaptation, this is officially the worst one I’ve ever seen. 

As a movie: I didn’t actually like it either, but:

- perhaps I was too hung up on “I thought you were going to adapt one of my favourite books” and couldn’t get past that.

- it was “bad” in that way that artsy films have sometimes where I wasn’t sure if legit bad or I just didn’t get it.


Ow men clap down on women
T’old em there for good
An soak up all their softness
An lounder em wi blood.

It’s then I think on t’Ripper
An what e did an why,
An ow mi mates ate women,
An ow Pete med em die.

Blake Morrisson, The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper (via isserley)

Canadian author Alice Munro is an acclaimed and highly prolific short story author. I’m actually reading a collection of hers right now, and highly recommend her work. Her stories always make me feel sad in that mildly happy way that common humanity themes always do.