BOOK REVIEW: JEANETTE WINTERSON – FRANKISSSTEIN

It’s an exciting book review today! Today, it’s all about Jeanette Winterson’s brilliant book, Frankissstein and I think this may be in my books of the year…

Recently, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump – I think I was exhausted after reading After The End and I just couldn’t concentrate on other books but I decided to get a copy of this as it’s a book that I’ve been intrigued by for a long while but I was worried that I wouldn’t “get it” or it would all go over my head… but that didn’t happen! I flew through the book and really loved it and I think this will be one of my books of this year. It’s that good. So, what’s it about exactly? Here’s the synopsis:

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 AI.

Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum 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 cryonics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead… but waiting to return to life.

But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley 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 itself.

Sounds good, right? I find it incredibly hard when explaining the plot of this book as there is so much to mention and there’s so much going on in this book but I mean that in a good way. It’s about AI (artificial intelligence), sex bots, living in Brexit Britain, falling in love, explores the past, present and future, death, identity, gender, politics, morality, the body, the mind and so much more. There a number of moments in the book that will make you sit back and think about the society around us.

I loved her writing style throughout this book. It’s punchy, sharp, lyrical and doesn’t miss a beat. But it is also hilarious, too. I don’t think a book has made me laugh like this in a very long time. One of my thing that I have loved about this book is how she weaves the past and the present into together but also the future, too. I also enjoyed this book because I recently read Ian McEwan’s latest novel Machines Like Me that explores the idea of artificial intelligence in 1980 but I preferred Frankissstein as I felt there is more rounded ideas and better characters and characters you want to root for.

“I am what I am, but what I am is not one thing, not one gender. I live with doubleness.”

I’ve studied a lot on Frankenstein but it’s not been my favourite of the years but it’s something that draws me in and makes me want to read more on and I love the idea of who is the monster? The creator? Or the monster? And this is something that Winterson draws in throughout the course of the book.

Overall, I loved this book. It is a masterpiece of storytelling – it’s original, clever, sharp and a true piece of work of our time. I would love to see this on the Man Booker’s long-list and the shortlist and maybe win, too. I think it’s a true wonderful piece of fiction but something that is about our times and society, too. It is a love story, yes, but it’s more about the human condition and so much more. I’m so glad I read this book and I want to go and read the rest of her previous books. This really is one not to be missed.

Have you read Frankissstein? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.

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