21 comments on “Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson | Book Review

  1. Interesting! I’d been steering clear of this one due to mixed experiences with Winterson. But I am fascinated by transhumanism (reading Altered Carbon at the moment!) so that aspect of it really appeals to me. Do you think it should have made the Booker shortlist?

    • Other than this, I’ve only read a short story collection by Winterson thus far. I’m excited to explore more of her work, but her back catalogue does sound pretty eclectic, so I imagine I’ll click with some more than others. And whilst prior knowledge of Frankenstein isn’t essential, my love for Shelley’s work will probably have added another layer of enjoyment to my reading of this.

      I would have been very happy to see it on the shortlist, but having not read any of the ones that did make the cut, I can’t technically say it’s ‘better’ than what we got. What are your thoughts on the shortlist?

      • Not a fan, I haven’t read any of the books but think Atwood and Rushdie are really boring choices and haven’t heard good things about Shafak and Obioma. The only one I want to read is Evaristo.

  2. I love Winterson’s straightforward writing style, which I see in both Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? I’m surprised to read that her newest novel (sounds like it) has a different style, perhaps one that better captures her content?

  3. Excellent review! I’m glad you also loved this one! It’s such a powerhouse of a novel that covers so very much ground, and yet ties everything together so well. I thought the metafiction aspect was just brilliant, and you cover the implications of that so well. September is off to a great start!

    • It’s well worth checking out if you’re at all tempted! It pays homage to Shelley’s life and work beautifully, whilst bringing Frankenstein’s themes into the present day in such an intelligent way.

  4. I can hear my TBR watching me incredulously every time I click your reviews because I keep adding books. I see you guys talking lots about this one and it just sounds really good!! Have you read Written on the body?

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