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Skin Cage Paperback – January 17, 2015
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Since Danny’s story is told in the first person narrative, and since Nico Leaser is an excellent storyteller, I found it frighteningly easy to imagine what it was like to be trapped in a helpless body incapable of even the most basic communication. For this reason, I found reading the first part of this book very uncomfortable -- which was a good thing. It only made me realize how insignificant my own problems were. Yet as Danny found his way out of his skin cage, the story became more adventurous and full of hope.
One of the themes of this book was becoming someone else. I could see this idea on many levels. Not only did I as a reader have a chance to become Danny for a brief moment, but Danny also became someone else more than once. Sometimes it was quite literal and involuntary, but at other times he just tried to empathize with someone who was even less fortunate than he was. The story made me realize that we’ re all trapped in our skin cages to an extent, though most of us are lucky to be able to communicate. Sometimes the only way out may be to enter another skin cage. To me personally, this message has a deep symbolic meaning of connection and empathy as the way of our own liberation.
The book has a powerful ending that provokes many deep questions.
For a short text, Nico really managed to create a dynamic environment. Within the first chapter we are introduced to four very different characters (two of whom are very deep and one is intriguing for being a complete jerk). The protagonist, Daniel, fights for a sense of identity throughout the text. Nico did a great job differentiating how the world sees him, and how he sees himself. Even with the small details like the name (what he calls himself and what the characters around the protagonist call him). It created a unique conflict because the entire time Daniel was so close to saying the things he wanted to say, and being the person he wanted to be, but just physically could not do it.
I really do not want to give anything away because it is definitely a must read. All I will say is that you will feel every emotion imaginable while reading this text, and I really really hate a certain male caretaker.
I love when I find gems in the Indie writer sector, and this writer is truly in a class of his own – beautifully written prose and a highly original story.
Skin Cage is the masterfully crafted perspective of someone who has locked in syndrome; and considering this is quite a daring subject to attempt, the writer manages to hold the reader’s attention throughout, and I can honestly say I was riveted to the last page, which as it happens leads to an intriguing and satisfying conclusion – highly recommend this book!
If I had to find fault with anything, it would be the use of first person narrative to this extent. Many sentences could have told the story without starting with “I” and I felt this took away from the story a bit. But I’m nitpicking here - it’s hard to find fault with any part of this novel.
A couple of reviewers thought the story was a bit short. I don’t agree with that. With 180 pages of tightly spaced narrative and enough detail to make you feel like you are watching a movie, there’s nothing to complain about here.
To the reviewer who thought the book didn’t have a clear climax or a resolve that really worked – did we read the same book???
Great piece of work by a skilled writer!
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