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Frankissstein: A Love Story LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZELONGLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZEA radical love story for right now, from one of the most gifted writers working today New York Times 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 AIMeanwhile, 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 everywhereAcross 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 lifeBut the scene is set in , 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 Jeanette Winterson s Frankissstein won t disappoint A modern take on Mary Shelley s Frankenstein, it s a fascinating and engrossing look at AI, science, gender fluidity and, ultimately, what it really means to be human Nicola Sturgeon, New Statesman Read lots of her books.Murakimi is my favorite author of all time.I ve always felt that in her books she has tried to emulate him as the English female version of Murakami.Great ideasBut no MurakamiThere will only ever be one Jeannette Winterson nimmt Mary Shelleys Roman Frankenstein als Aufh nger f r eine abenteuerliche Reise durch die Gegenwart und die Zeit Shelleys, wobei die Fragen nach der Stellung der Frau in der Gesellschaft, Genderfragen, die Bedeutung der k nstlichen Intelligenz, Moral bei der Verwendung von Robotern, die Sucht nach Verl ngerung des Lebens und Leben in welcher Form in die Handlung eingehen Absolut lesenswert. Another brilliant read from Winterson Definitely a worthy contender for the Booker. I came at Frankissstein with some trepidation and approached it only because of its Booker longlisting I have always imagined Jeanette Winterson to be an agenda led writer who would not be writing for readers like me.So I was quite surprised to find two three lively and playful narrative streams interweaving with one another One was the writing of Frankenstein a story I already knew but it seemed to be written in an approachable way The second narrative set in the present day near future had the manufacturer of artificially intelligent sex dolls sharing his plans for creating true AI with Ry, a transgender journalist The possible third narrative was a metafictional strand where Mary Shelley encounters Frankenstein in the real world.On the surface level, this is all jolly japes, perhaps indicating that Frankenstein became bigger than Mary Shelley herself and developed a life of its own The novel seemed to have a number of great and fizzy ideas that unfortunately never quite came together.But there is also a major reservation I have I know that a number of feminist writers have an issue with transgender they only admit fellowship to those born biologically female In Frankissstein, there seems little need to make Ry transsexual unless it is to make some oblique parallel between creating an artificial person Frankenstein s monster and creating a woman And as such, I will acknowledge that it is a viewpoint, but not one I would care to pay to read If this is the real point of the novel and I fear that it is , then it undermines some entertaining prose is anachronistic and is also a wee bit cowardly in doing it through innuendo and thereby requiring counter arguments to first articulate the proposition that Winterson would presumably deny she is making.Three stars for the writing, but this left a nasty aftertaste.

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