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Gothic Romance

Gothic Romance

by Emmanuel Carrer

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An allusive and contrived retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and the circumstances of its composition--when the Shelleys, Byron, and his mad young medic ``poor Polidori'' lived abroad and traded ghost stories--this novel shuttles to and fro in time as if an intertextual exercise. It opens with the embittered addict Polidori living in squalor with a prostitute and claiming that Shelley stole his ideas for her story while his own tale, The Vampire , has been slighted. In a suicidal overdose, he imagines himself drenched on the deck of a sinking ship. The scene shifts to contemporary London, where the ship's captain, Robert Walton (the Arctic explorer in Shelley's novel, to whom the marooned Dr. Frankenstein described his monstrous creation), is now a publisher of romances. He telephones tips to his bevy of authors, notably one named Ann, whose adventures reveal the evolution of romantic myth, e.g., Frankenstein, seen today as a construct of psychoanalysts, biographers, storytellers, filmmakers, and scholars. Written before Carrere's lauded The Mustache , this piece of literary gamesmanship will appeal most to readers concerned with narrative as a puzzle and a process. (July)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Carrere's second novel to be published in English is based on the legendary evening at Lake Geneva that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Though Carrere skillfully intertwines parallel stories of suspense, danger, and high tension, the real and the imaginary are so fused that the reader must be willing to reliquish control. While mood and atmosphere are sustained throughout, the story line becomes obscure, and character development is lacking. The grotesque and eerie world of these soulless characters become monotonous and tiring. These pages, however, will intrigue readers willing to accept Carrere's dazzling virtuosity.-- Anthony Caprio, Oglethorpe Univ., Atlanta

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