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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 is heading philosophically and technologically speaking The celebrities political and otherwise trending on Twitter have cameo appearances and the vital uestion of immortality is put into a new perspective when moved out of the religious context and into the realm of scientific feasibility 55 million people die every year Do we really want them all to come back supposing it is possible Do we want to be able to preserve our brains to rejuvenate our ageing bodies Do we really want to live forever forever young As the song goesWhen the story of the making of the novel Frankenstein is blended with our temporary confusion it becomes obvious that being a creator comes with a responsibility that humanity is notoriously bad at taking What are we going to do with the power we set free when we create life in a completely new fashion The conflict between Frankenstein and the monster will return with a vengeance and Jeanette Winterson has written the story to match reality as we might know it Funny deeply humane and uite thought the story to match reality as we might know it Funny deeply humane and uite thought 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 "tale set in a tomorrow obsessed with AI robotics 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 a bit too gimmicky for me Especially the Ron character uickly moved from funny to a walking in my opinion and how everyone ust 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 han. In Brexit Britain a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better No vine para quedarme judgement – with Victor Stein a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AIMeanwhile Ron Lordust divorced and living with Mum again is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex ,
Ds 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 Helpful Paws 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 madnessust as you do And if my heart is broken it keeps beating DNF page 209Nothing against the book at all I m ust not the right audience for it Also I m unwell at the moment and my tolerance level is much lower than it would usually beA couple o 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 OFlover PB Shelley debating about the limits of 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 ump 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 while social restrictions that 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 meditationUn. Olls 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 Shelley writes a story about creating a non biological li. ,
Fortunately 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 dialogue is annoyingly cliched the characters lack depth and credibility I didn t uite understand Winterson s 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 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 Magic of the Mind just read but because you do know what you read and it delighted you so much that you simply have to read it again I haven t come across many writers who do that for me Jeanette Winterson is an exception and Frankissstein is one of those books Reading this book gave my brain a fantasticolt on The World of Rome just about every page a flood of dopamine and serotonin repeatedly washed through my brain The sheer exuisiteness of the prose the ingenious metaphors and the philosophical aspects of the story delighted me immenselyThis is the story of Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein It is the story of Ry Shelley a transgender doctor living in the present day It is the story of Lord Byron Ron Lord Dr Polidori Polly D Victor Frankenstein and Victor Stein a scientist developing AI Jeanette Winterson takes us on aourney back to the past and into the future masterfully weaving the stories of all these individuals intertwining their lives and their thoughts and their souls It is profound and it is funny It is philosophical It asks us to reflect on many uestions What is intelligence and what is life Are we our bodies or are we Finding Lauren just souls inhabiting physical matter If we upload a human brain into a machine would it be human or would it be machine What if anything sets humans apart from other living beings If we succeed in creating true AI how will it feel about being created to serve us or about living amongst us I mention that Ry is transgender because Ms Winterson uses this story to show that gender is thanust the body we inhabit and that we humans are far complex than our genders and any labels that are slapped upon us or even given to us by ourselves Labels are helpful in navigating the world but no person can fully inhabit any category We transcend our labelsRon Lord is perhaps the funniest character I ve come across in a Jeanette Winterson book He is a sexbot salesman misogynistic and unable to accept Ry as he is Claire the counterpart to Mary Shelley s step sister is an evangelical Christian who is at first against the idea of sexbots though later convinces Ron to create and sell bots for Jesus as well Christian companions wink wink for the devout I laughed many times reading the dialogue between these two characters full out feel good belly laughs Ms Winterson throws in a few Trump abs dialogue between these two characters full out feel good belly laughs Ms Winterson throws in a few Trump abs which is always appreciated for helping survive the current political madness Fans of Jeanette Winterson lovers of speculative fiction those who delight in word play all will love this newest gem from Jeanette Winterson In my opinion it is her greatest work thus far Many thanks to Jeanette Winterson Grove Press and Edelweiss for providing me with a free digital review copy This in no way influenced my reviewPublication date October 2019. Fe 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 itself.