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From 'one of the most gifted writers working today' New York Times comes an audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire In Brexit Britain a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AIMeanwhile Ron Lord ju. Delighted to see this on the Booker LonglistA breathtakingly brilliant re interpretation of Mary Shelley s Frankenstein for our modern age of troubled political turbulence so incredibly funny smart philosophical and satirical weaving threads from the past present and the impact of AI developments in the future Jeanette Winterson has pulled off a scintillating and incisive retelling of the classic novel that posits that homo sapiens is far from the most intelligent force on earth and provides irrefutable evidence such as the examples of Trump and Bolsonaro our modern day monsters of destruction It asks what is reality where all that is solid melts into air what exactly is human consciousness asking and re defining what it is to be human and whether we can transcend our time limited biological bodies to attain and embrace a AI immortality that will make gods of humans Gender fluidity roles and expectations of women through the ages sexism and misogyny are explored through the various characters such as Byron Mary Shelley and the genius creation that is the bold and brash sexbot salesman and entrepreneur Ron Lord operating in a Brexit world Lord is a divorced man living with his mother in Wales creating and developing a male utopia with his female sexbots that never say no to a man bots that do not give rise to the problems men face with real life emancipated women Ron Lord is a messiah of our disturbing world claiming to solve issues of rape assault and abuse everywhere even within religion and the church Dr Ry Shelley is transgender having shifted reality to be who he wants to be and in love with the famous Dr Victor Stein In Phoenix Arizona humanity is preparing to rise from the ashes through the Alcor Life Extension Foundation where the legally and medically dead are waiting to return to life The novel travels through bedlam life death the Lazarus resurrection history gender class and ineuality our contemporary monsters running rampant and with illuminating potential future AI realities There are so many ideas and concepts in this fascinating and highly imaginative narrative that takes Shelley s Frankenstein and spins a philosophical and relevant feminist fable for our times that is simultaneously completely hilarious and thought provoking Winterson is a gifted writer and this novel is sheer magnificence from beginning to end A true gem I particularly adored the character of Ron Lord A highly recommended and sublime read Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC

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Frankissstein A Love Story

Y writes a story about creating a non biological life form ‘Beware for I am fearless and therefore powerful'What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise Funny and furious bold and clear sighted Frankissstein is a love story about life itse. Funny deeply humane and uite thought provoking Humans so many good ideas So many failed ideals General storylineCertainly better written than the original in my opinion Jeanette Winterson follows Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley when she writes Frankenstein and mixes this with a reimagining of this tale set in a tomorrow obsessed with AI robotics and immortalityI especially liked the parts relating the story of Mary Shelley and what her inspirations could have been to write Frankenstein She is portrayed as young reflective and slightly socially akward I was never bored except in the company of others The love she has with her husband is also portrayed in beautiful prose When I was pregnant with William he used to get on his knees as I sat on the edge of the bed and hold my stomach in his hands like a rare book he hadn t read Tragedy is however also very much present in her 19th century life with three dead children and a dead husband before her 25th birthday And finally Winterson imagines a thread where her fictional creation seems to come alive and haunts her from Bedlam to a cocktailpartyThe contemporarynear future part centres around Ry Shelley a female to male transgender doctor who is in love with Victor Stein Victor is like a Yuval Noah Harari with grand visions on a transhuman future a succesfull TED talk and an university supported start up to bring this future to the present One of his backers is Ron Lord entrepeneur in sexbots while we also have an evangelical Christian called Claire making an appearance The allusions to the life of Shelley with Lord Byron as inspiration to Ron and Claire being the stepsister of Mary where a bit too gimmicky for me Especially the Ron character uickly moved from funny to a walking stereotype in my opinion and how everyone just happens to meet and know everyone else also strained belief Finally a lot of CAPITALISED sentences made some of the characters feel like giddy teenagersStill we are presented with beautiful imaginery like Ry Shelley who visits a cryogenic storage of frozen heads Or how she offers amputated bodyparts to her lover Victor Stein who casually plays with these in his office while they are bickering In terms of horror I loved how he reanimated these body parts as living hands study objects controlled by electricity working in unison like spiders Language Themes and uotes Only in the living of it does life seem ordinary What I generally liked are the concepts Winterson dove into in this section of the bookWhat it means to be human if we can just be a digital and bodyless mind for instance Or what our relationship with robots should be and if contact with such mindless companions could make people happy than interactions with real humans And the uestion which people we should make immortal and through what means Is Donald Trump getting his brain frozen asks Ron Max explains that the brain has to be fully functioning at clinical death One of the most poignant uestions that came back in this section is apparently a uote from the historical Shelley What is the point of progress if it benefits the few while the many suffer All in all Jeanette Winterson offers a deeply human passionate and warm view on humanity What our future could be taking into account the uirks of our imperfect bodies and above all our heartsRy Shelley says it best The riot in my head is unseen What I am thinking what I am feeling are private Bedlams of my own I manage my own madness just as you do And if my heart is broken it keeps beating

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St divorced and living with Mum again is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhereAcross the Atlantic in Phoenix Arizona a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead but waiting to return to lifeBut the scene is set in 1816 when nineteen year old Mary Shelle. This novel possesses all the necessary ingredients to shine for its uniueness an unconventional structure an ambitious approach to storytelling a profound meditation on themes that should appeal the most demanding of readersAnd yet As the title anticipates this is a retelling of the famous novel by Mary Shelley that takes the monster of her creation beyond her present time to project a future where technological progress might mean the end of the world as we know it The kiss hidden among the letters of the aberrant Frankenstein is an open reference to the love stories connecting the two timelines of the novel the first is set in 1816 at the famous villa in Lake Geneva where Mary spent time with the poets Lord Byron and her lover PB Shelley debating about the limits of the body in relation to the immeasurable power of the mindThe second timeline takes place in modern London where Ry a young transgender doctor falls in love with Victor Stein an iconic professor who champions artificial intelligence as the definite solution to the biggest fear that has haunted human beings since the beginning of times the certainty of our own mortalityAs the stories move forward the two timelines become and tangled and the characters seem to jump through time and space by means of abstract concepts Meditations on what constitutes the death of a body or what defines a mind take the stage while social restrictions that have traditionally described people like gender race and culture become obsolete when confronted with the upcoming challenges of the future sex bots cryopreserved bodies intelligent prosthesis that uestion the limits between improving the uality of life or the frenzied ambition to beat death at all costsWhere to draw the line This is a highly accomplished novel ambitious in scope and creative in style Certain sections are even brilliant particularly the ones dealing with the historical recreation of Mary Shelley s progression as woman and author the evolution of her inner thoughts as her resilience is tested by the cruel passing of her children and beloved husband and the dreamlike encounter with her creation in Bedlam hospital The themes are delicately exposed blending the pace of poetry with the depth of existential meditationUnfortunately I can t say the same about the other timeline where modern characters take the lead from the past The language is shabby and hurried dialogue is annoyingly cliched the characters lack depth and credibility I didn t uite understand Winterson s reason to include tasteless sex scenes to emphasize the duality of Ry s sexual orientation or the cheap correlation between secondary characters and great personalities such as Byron Shelley or even fictional Victor Frankenstein More than a homage it read like cheap mockery to meA real shame that these chapters diminished the pleasure of the earlier sections and devalued what could have been one of the best reads of the year to a mere potentially great novelNote I received an ACR of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Frankissstein A Love Story

  1. says:

    Delighted to see this on the Booker LonglistA breathtakingly brilliant re interpretation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for our modern age of troubled political turbulence so incredibly funny smart philosophical a

  2. says:

    Have you ever read a book where you have to keep re reading paragraphs or even entire pages not because your mind drifted and you don't know what you just read but because you do know what you read and it delighted you so much that you simpl

  3. says:

    Frankenstein reanimatedPart fictionalised life story of Mary Shelley part bonkers ‘mad scientist’ caper set in the five minutes

  4. says:

    This novel possesses all the necessary ingredients to shine for its uniueness an unconventional structure an ambitious approach to storytelling

  5. says:

    I am disappointed and deeply uncomfortable yikes I am not trans so please take my review with a grain of salt but dear god

  6. says:

    DNF page 209Nothing against the book at all I’m just not the right audience for it Also I’m unwell at the moment and my tolerance level is

  7. says:

    Imaginative fiction pulling from a variety of sources Notably Mary Shelley the person Frankenstein the book concept and character and a hodgepodge of hot topics such as technology transgender issues and Brexit Think ueer theory and postmodernism applied to Frankenstein Then apply Frankenstein to sex dollsThe idea is fantastic and

  8. says:

    Funny deeply humane and uite thought provoking ”Humans so many good ideas So many failed ideals”General storylineCertainly better written than the original in my opinion Jeanette Winterson follows Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley when she writes Frankenstein and mixes this with a reimagining of this tale set in a tomorrow obsessed with AI robotics and immortalityI especially liked the parts relating the story

  9. says:

    Entertaining but a characterization of a trans person that swings between mildly to wildly offensive and that's setting aside that the only person of colour in the entire book is a two dimensional racist stereotype That Winterson is promoting this book about a trans protagonist by arguing against healthcare for trans teens is especially odious

  10. says:

    When Jeanette Winterson steps into the mind of Mary Shelley and her creatures we are likely to be off on a rollercoaster poetry slam in prose I don't know what it is with Jeanette Winterson but she manages to have her very personal story interwoven with the most universal human uestions while focusing mainly on the power of the magical sentence structure to convey meaningIn a way this is a highly contemporary reflection on where humanity