Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

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“The world is at the start of something new. We are the shaping spirits of our destiny. And though I am not an inventor of machines I am an inventor of dreams. Yet I wish I had a cat.” Frankissstein,(Grove, $27), by Jeanette Winterson, is deft and lean, weaving together several stories in a meditation on the nature of life and intelligence. We start in 1818 during a rainy Swiss summer, following Mary Shelley as she begins to write the masterpiece that invented an entirely new genre of fiction. Then we move to today, where Dr. Ry Shelley, a trans man, is falling in love with Victor Stein, a pioneer in AI technology. The two stories parallel each other, Ry being both the analog for Mary Shelley and the monster from the story, and introduce us to a cast of loveable, hilarious, and occasionally infuriating characters. From body horror to sexbots, musings on eternal life to transhumanism, Winterson's witty and sexy book (which was long-listed for the Booker Prize) is a love story in every sense of the word: a love between people, between a creator and their work, and for the nature of life itself.

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ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

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