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Book Review: Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson


Published: 2019 by Jonathan Cape
Genre: …I’m not sure?
Length: 352 Pages
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

As Brexit grips Britain, Ry, a young transgender doctor, is falling in love. The object of their misguided affection: the celebrated AI-specialist, Professor Victor Stein. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his Mum again, is set to make his fortune with a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere.

Ranging from 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley pens her radical first novel, to a cryonics facility in present-day Arizona where the dead wait to return to life, Frankissstein shows us how much closer we are to the future than we realise.

This book was a complete surprise to me. Before the Booker longlist was announced I didn’t even know Winterson had come out with a new book, and before I started it I had no real expectations for it. Now, so far, this is my favourite book on the longlist.

Set in two timelines we follow Mary Shelley, married and writing one of the most famous novels in history. And modern, post-brexit Britain, where prolonging life and creating robots drives the conversations between the characters.

In this, Winterson draws connections between Frankensteins monsters and the creation of AI intelligence. AKA, robots. It brings into question what makes us human, our body, our brain, or our soul?

I say I’m not sure about what genre this book is, because it’s hard to put this into one catergory. It’s literary fiction, but it’s also history, sci-fi, romance and contemporary. There’s a lot to this novel yet it all fits together so perfectly.  

Frankissstein is  thought-provoking and interesting, whilst also moving and even funny. The minute I finished this book I wanted to pick it up again for a reread, which I will definitely have to do sometime in the near future. 

Thanks for reading, 
Jess X


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