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SLorenzon - HOMEWORK - 1st October 2019
by SLorenzon - (2019-09-30)
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Reading the review, an intelligent reader can understand that the book is based on a chronologically double-layered story. The thesis supported is the ability of humans to imagine impossible futures and to be frightened by the consequences of their imagination.

In the first story, set in the 19th century, Mary Shalley, her husband Percy, Lord Byron and Claire ( Mary Shalley’s stepsister) were sitting around a fire in a rented villa by Lake Geneva when they decided to write a story: Frankestein. The story is told by Mary’s voice and she spoke about thoughts on metaphysics, love, sex, Industrial revolution, death… Mary at 17 had given birth a baby but he died. At 19 she had born her second child. Her personal experience of birth and death went into the making of Frankestein, which is a tale about a man who tries to eliminate women altogether from process of reproduction. Janette Winterson follows this theme in the second story.

The second story, set in the present, a transgender, called Ry, takes up with a couple of men (victor Stein and Ron Lord) who are trading in robotics and artificial intelligence. Ry is a transgender who has left his former identity as Mary in the story of Frankestein. Victor Stein is an egotistical experimenter who believes he can defeat death in a labyrinth of laboratories. Ron Lord is a sex-obsessed millionaire unable to sustain a relationship with anything. He creates sexbots.

Janette Winterson and Mary Shalley try to talk about the same theme in different times. They try to answer the questions: what does the artificial intelligence in human life? What is the relationship between science and human beings? Both novelists turn away from technology to proclaim the importance of human relationship and emotions. Janette Winterson mirrored groups of characters discover in their different worlds that to live is to love, and that the process by which life is created is ultimately less important than what one does with the life one is given.