Modern retelling a body of mixed parts

By Colin Steele
Updated June 11 2019 - 11:31am, first published June 5 2019 - 11:54am

Novels from Jeanette Winterson are never dull. Her latest novel, Frankissstein, comes in two integrated parts. The first, in which Winterson, using Mary Shelley's voice, effectively relates Mary's backstory and the creation of Frankenstein, following the famous 1816 Lake Geneva gathering with Mary's lover, Percy, Lord Byron, John Polidori and Mary's stepsister Claire Clairmont. The second, and less successful part, is an exuberant, over-the-top, retelling of Frankenstein. Through an alternate past and present chapter framework, Winterson relates "the quintessential story, which is how we relate to one another".

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