Cleopatra and Frankenstein: ‘Move over Sally Rooney: this is the hottest new book’ - Sunday Times

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Cleopatra and Frankenstein: ‘Move over Sally Rooney: this is the hottest new book’ - Sunday Times

Cleopatra and Frankenstein: ‘Move over Sally Rooney: this is the hottest new book’ - Sunday Times

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First romance, then turbulance ensues, as Cleo's artistic ambitions do not develop as expected and Frank drinks quite a lot.

She offers him a life imbued with beauty and art—and, hopefully, a reason to cut back on his drinking. Any attempt at meaningful discussions on the books themes felt superficial to me, and distracted by an insufferable need to assert the tragic but beautiful shine of Cleo. Mellors’ remarkably assured and sensitive debut … strongly evoke[s] Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life… At its core, it’s a novel about how love and lovers are easily misinterpreted and how romantic troubles affect friends and family. There isn't much of a plot to speak of, beyond the shifting dynamics and relationships built between them, namely Cleo and Frank, a semi-green-card marriage built mostly on passion and age difference, and those around them: Frank's younger half-sister, Zoë; Frank's friends, Anders, and another more boring and half-hearted inclusion whose name I don't remember; Cleo's best friend Quentin; Zoë's best friend Audrey; and finally, ELEANOR.I actually admire Mellors’ decision to make the central female character, Cleo, the less likeable female – it goes against the grain and subverts most stereotypes. while the book jumps around between a cast of characters running full-speed around new york, they all feel fleshed out and their perspectives are equally as absorbing as the one before, with witty humour laced throughout.

The comparison to Rooney is a reason I kept passing on reading this book as I was scared it would be another book that would take too much effort to stay engaged with. deleted my old review because i was senselessly ranting, but i still do think this felt painfully self-indulgent, more so than the works of sally rooney – of which this book has been exhaustively compared to. i don't mind self-important nor self-indulgent novels but they need to actually bring something to the 'literary' table. I was instantly drawn to Cleo and Frank and their strange interaction and I'm a sucker for the classic New York City setting; it gives me a warm vibe. Frank, though he is a workaholic alcoholic with a younger wife and thereby also a cliché, somehow pulls off the grand accomplishment of being consistently intriguing to read about, as does his very annoying sister Zoë and her rarely present friend Audrey.You have to be willing to go on a journey that doesn't necessarily leave our protagonists shining and shimmering in the end.

everybody seems to love eleanor because she is down to earth and funny but to me she was so mediocre. the characters themselves were selfish, self-pitying fools (derogatory) without one redeeming quality at all. Each compulsively readable chapter explores the lives of Cleo, Frank, and an unforgettable cast of their closest friends and family as they grow up and grow older. And then there is a whole cast of family and friends that are broadly described, although they hardly add to the main storyline and remain equally cliched: The mean stepmom, the jealous sister, the gay best friend. I love a book where nothing happens as much as the next person, but there was nothing below surface level to keep the narrative afloat.i like flawed and unlikeable characters, but there was something about the way it was written here that did not work for me. Cleopatra and Frankenstein, the luminous debut novel from Coco Mellors, is a book about many things: It's a great, swooning love story; a shattering depiction of how addiction and mental illness warp our lives; and a perceptive, witty portrait of globalized New York. This feels in some ways like it was written to eventually be adapted; I'd be shocked if it isn't a miniseries in the next few years. Young people, people with addictions, people with traumatic childhood experiences, whatever it may be. A tender, devastating and funny exploration of love and friendship and the yearning for self-evisceration.

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