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Frankissstein: A Love Story

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 AI.

Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced a
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Jonathan Cape
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May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 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 exampl ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jeanette Winterson fans, lovers of novels that make you think
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? 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 fantastic jolt on just about every page, a flood of dopamine and serotonin repeatedly washed through my br ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I heard about this book I knew I would love it, and I can now safely say that that was an understatement. Frankenstein is my favourite novel of all time and Mary Shelley is one of my personal heroes, so to have an author as talented as Jeanette Winterson take on a homage/retelling/whatever-you-want-to-call-it of both the novel and Shelley's own life was truly a dream come true.
This novel is half a fictionalised (but seemingly accurate, once you've read a bit about her life and charac
Christine Burns
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reimagining of classic works is in vogue at the moment. It's a trend led by the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which includes contributions from the likes of Jo Nesbø (Macbeth), Margaret Atwood (The Tempest) and Howard Jacobsen (The Merchant of Venice). It's a tricky challenge to pull off and I'm not sure everyone can succeed. I was distinctly unimpressed by Nesbø's modern era riff on the 'Scottish Play', as the allusion was so obviously laboured that it jarred my sensibilities. That experience ...more
Gabriela Pop
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frankissstein is a fresh, thoughtful novel that blends a retelling of Frankenstein using AI with the story of Mary Shelley thinking about life and death. In the modern day, Ry—a young trans doctor in love with Victor Stein, professor working on AI—meets Ron Lord, businessman from Wales trying to make his range of sex robots sell. Ry met Victor at a cryonics facility in Arizona, but now Victor is working on something and Manchester and Ry, Victor, Ron, and the religious Claire somehow all become ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous parallel timeline homage to the original Frankenstein novel, I loved the similarities between the then and now, especially the relationship between Ry and Stein.
Insightful writing about the choices that make us who we are, and exploring the idea of identity without bodies. Ry's choice of a healthy mind over a healthy body and their journey was really well portrayed in my opinion
A definite recommend..

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Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A young transgender doctor, Ry Shelly, is in the middle of the debate of artificial intelligence. What is possible, what is desirable? What makes a human being a human being and could bots be the better versions of us? AI will surely solve a lot of problems, but won’t it create new ones at the same time? Ron Lord is one of the people who will invest in the new technology and hopes to make a lot of money with it; his aim is the creation of the next generation of sex dolls which fulfil all wishes. ...more
Ella Whiting
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings, lgbtq
Lake Geneva, 1816: Mary Shelley dreams of a scientist who creates a non-biological life form. When challenged by Lord Byron to write a gothic tale, she starts working on the story that will become known to the world as ‘Frankenstein’.
Britain, present day: transgender doctor Ry Shelley meets Victor Stein, a celebrated professor researching the futuristic possibilities of humanity, from AI, to cryogenically preserved bodies, to digitally uploading the brain’s consciousness after death.

Jumping se
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's going to be hard to put in words exactly why I loved this book, especially without any spoilers. Although, being as it is a retelling of an old classic I'm not sure that spoilers are even possible!
Anyway, as is the vogue of the time, it's Frankenstein's turn to be reimagined. A task that I don't envy any author as it must be quite tricky to achieve a balance between old and new without alienating too many readers. Although I think the inclusion of sx-robots may have done that to a few peopl
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Frankisstein, Winterson explores the dichotomy between life and death, male and female, real and imaginary, human and artificial, challenging the reader by blurring lines and breaking down the binaries. Using Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a spring board for her ideas the novel seesaws between two narratives one, following a fictional imagining of the life of the very real Mary Shelley and the Monster of her imagination. Another Ry Shelley and their lover Victor Stein, the scientist obsessed ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

Jeanette Winterson is one of my favourite authors, so when I saw this I knew I had to request it. This book not only lived up to my expectations, but exceeded it.

This book is set in the past, but entwines with the present. Its set in the 1800s and focuses on Mary Shelley and her story of Frankenstein. Winterson delves into Mary Shelley's life, her miscarriages, and her marriage. It is told through her voice, but her story also int
Cordelia Baker Hine
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will admit I understood very little but enjoyed it immensely.
Katy Wheatley
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this to review by Net Galley. I've been a devotee of Jeanette Winterson ever since Oranges are Not The Only Fruit. She never ceases to find ways to make me look at the world anew, and this is no exception. This is clever, thought provoking and rather surprisingly funny. She weaves the complex narrative back and forth from the musings of Mary Shelley herself to contemporary, Brexit Britain, taking in all the concerns of Shelley when she was first writing Frankenstein and ech ...more
Jeanette Winterson’s new novel looks at the past, present and future to explore themes of love, gender, identity, faith, artificial intelligence and immortality. It is beautifully written, lyrical, funny and playful at times but also dark and timely.

The past, told by Mary Shelley, is of the summer of 1816 on Lake Geneva with Shelley, Byron, his doctor Polidori and her stepsister Claire Clairmont, when boredom and bad weather led to her creation of Frankenstein. In the present, Ry Shelley is a t
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, fiction, lgbt, netgalley
*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reading this was like sitting down to a drink of a Laphroaig 10. To enjoy, you must slowly sip, enjoying the full bodiness of the malt. It can be a shock when you’re not used to it, the smokiness and salt with a hint of sweet. To read Frankissstein I had to slow down, allow myself to pace my reading to fully ingest the story being told. This is not a mindless read nor is it a slog. This is a story about robotics
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars always feels so lukewarm, and i hate how wishy washy it feels, but it’s a book i need to think about. in typical winterson fashion, it’s a thought provoking read with beautiful prose and intriguing characters.

the big questions asked in this book will keep you thinking long after you’ve put the book down, leaving you in a similar situation as the characters themselves.
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Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959. She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in the north of England. Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, published in 1985. She graduated from St Catherine's College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assi ...more