Frankissstein

Frankissstein

A Love Story

Book - 2019
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"Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across 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 life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2019.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802129499
9780802129505
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fran-kiss-stein
Frank-kiss-stein

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becker
Oct 13, 2019

There are two dominant story lines in this book. The first one was magical, full of mood and atmosphere and written in velvety prose. The second one was something quite different. I much preferred the first over the second although I'm sure there will be those that feel the opposite. The book has merit, that's for sure, but I feel it was written to make a statement as opposed to making art. Nothing wrong with that but I wanted the art. If the whole book was like the first story line it would have been a 5 star book for me.

STPL_JessH Oct 11, 2019

I am a big fan of Winterson's work and this new book does not disappoint! It is brilliant and baffling and bizarre and beautiful. I love the way Winterson layers the narrative with philosophical, ethical, and moral questions while still managing to tell an interesting tale. I laughed out loud and gasped and was moved. I was also confused and conflicted as is the case with a book that engages in a multitude of discourses none of which are simple or easy to comprehend.

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jump8999
Sep 19, 2019

booker 2019 longlist

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Lady_Librarian
Jul 02, 2019

I was able to get an early copy of this book to read and it was so good. I've previously read "The Passion" and "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" from Winterson. I really loved "The Passion" and "Oranges" was good. I loved "Frankissstein!" Her writing is very well done and interesting. I don't think it would be everyone's cup of tea but if you like different writing styles and out of the box writing/topics give this a try.

Nicr Jun 30, 2019

Multiple story lines from 1816 to present day explore what Mary Shelley and company first proposed about the perils of AI and hubris ("It is as though we are fulfilling something that has been foretold"). Angry, funny, lucid, always thought-provoking--and all in Winterson's exquisite, liquid prose. New fiction from her is always an event and a submersion in her sultry, liminal world.

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