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Frankissstein: A Novel af Jeanette Winterson
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Frankissstein: A Novel (udgave 2020)

af Jeanette Winterson (Forfatter)

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"Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom 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 cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead... but waiting to return to life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself"--… (mere)
Medlem:Saviarre
Titel:Frankissstein: A Novel
Forfattere:Jeanette Winterson (Forfatter)
Info:Grove Press (2020), Edition: Reprint, 366 pages
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I kinda feel like this novel was written to be written about and not to be read. I was unimpressed and at times uncomfortable with how Winterson portrayed the trans character but the Mary Shelley parts were fascinating and beautiful. I like Winterson - I adore Mary Shelley. It's an interesting book. ( )
  rosscharles | May 19, 2021 |
What a strange and interesting remix on Frankenstein. Jeannette Winterson has spent her career questioning ideas of sex, gender, and identity and she does so now through the frame of Mary Shelley's classic, Frankenstein. We follow Shelley as she dreams up Frankenstein and we move to a speculative period where a trans doctor named Ry falls in love with Victor Stein, and we also meet Victor Frankenstein as a character in Shelley's story. It's a weird book, but it (mostly) works. It has certainly made me wish to revisit the original tale. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
This wasn't a difficult read. I like Winterson's writing style, though I also get people scoffing at it being very ~literary~ with the lack of quotation marks and whatnot.
I really enjoyed the stuff from Mary Shelley's point of view. Her talking about what it means to be a woman and what it means to be alive while living the horror of continually losing her children in infancy - she lost three before her fourth child survived.

The modern stuff I wanted to like, I'm interested in the idea of living past our lifetimes, life extension and brain uploads etc., but the characters were weirdly one dimensional. The sexbot seller, the southern black woman leveraging sexbots for God, they didn't really do anything for me at all. Ry, the protagonist, is an interesting character. I like how they talk about gender, and they feel to me like a representation of some of the more fluid gender presentations and genderqueer identities. Unfortunately everyone else in the story treats them like a freak and doesn't respect their name and there's an awful sexual assault scene later on so whatever Ry is supposed to represent, the future of gender or the success of body modification technology or how we'll all be able to feel more comfortable with a more fluid idea of what a body can be (or the idea of not having a body at all!), the world is not at all ready for this. Ry is not allowed to be. Ry, whose last name is Shelley, is the future counterpart of Mary Shelley, who is also not allowed to be because of her gender. It's the other counterparts that don't track for me. Ron Lord, the sexbot seller and presumably the Lord Byron counterpart, kind of just feels like a juvenile dig at Byron to me? And Victor Stein, for all his talk of brain scanning and moving past our bodies, is adamant that Ry's genitals make him NOT GAY despite Ry's presentation and identity. He thinks that freeing us of our bodies will free our minds but he can't even conceive of a sexual orientation outside of STRAIGHT and GAY.

I'm not sure how much of my critiques are of the characters and how much are of the author. I can't tell what is supposed to be satire and what we're supposed to agree with. It's making me think I guess, but I don't love this kind of ambiguity when it comes to transphobia. I hope it was meant to make me uncomfortable. ( )
  katebrarian | Aug 24, 2020 |
I'm unsure what to rate this, so for now I'm not going to. I enjoyed aspects of it (the weird retelling of frankenstein in a speculative fiction setting - and how Mary Shelley's novel is interwoven with AI science/post-humanism) however the trans rep was.... not good. The trans character is written as being a non-binary trans man which is very cool, but the way it's described and talked about is just... uncomfortable (a lot of being "really" female but having ~become~ "part male"). As a non-binary trans man myself, reading this rep was incredibly disheartening. The misgendering and deadnaming is also constant (and almost played for comedy????), the mc's romantic partner fetishises the trans character (it's disgusting), and the trans character is sexually assaulted. There's also just a whole lot of transphobia and the whole thing just feels like it was handled very poorly. It could have been worse, but at this point in my life, and being a trans reader, I am sick of settling for half-assed (and ignorant) rep. We deserve better. It's a shame, because this story and concept had potential.

Trigger warning: transphobic rhetoric, transphobia, fetishizing trans character, homophobic slurs, sexual assault (on page, graphic)
  angelgay | Jul 1, 2020 |
Quite weird but v good. I hardly ever like "these characters live in different time periods and yet their stories intertwine" but I liked this. No quotation marks. ( )
  IridescenceDeep | Jun 28, 2020 |
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"Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom 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 cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead... but waiting to return to life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself"--

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