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The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein [Hardcover]

Peter Ackroyd
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Review

"..a brilliant jeu d'esprit. Above all, it stands as a tribute to the power of the human imagination" -- Daily Telegraph, Michael Ardiiti

'Casebook...is tremendous fun: it glows with intellectual enthusiasm and love for London' -- Time Out London

...a brilliant, impressionistic piece of literary art , and Ackroyd's forte -- Scotland on Sunday

`Ackroyd deftly brings to life the atheist rebellion and Enlightenment values of the time while giving full vent to his imagination...What amazes is how effortless it feels...a consummate and blood-freezing piece of writing.'
-- Metro

`ambitious retelling'
-- New Statesman

`an intelligent, creepily beautiful and haunted thing.' -- The Times Saturday, Melissa Katsoulis

`the spare, beautiful writing whips the story along nicely...a frighteningly relevant novel. Highly recommended' -- Gay Times

a confident and supremely accomplished excercise in literary historicism. -- The Herald

Review

"..a brilliant jeu d'esprit. Above all, it stands as a tribute to the power of the human imagination"

Review

'Casebook...is tremendous fun: it glows with intellectual enthusiasm and love for London'

Review

`Ackroyd deftly brings to life the atheist rebellion and Enlightenment values of the time while giving full vent to his imagination...What amazes is how effortless it feels...a consummate and blood-freezing piece of writing.'

Book Description

Another dazzling example of the power of Peter Ackroyd's imagination - a brilliant novel written in the voice of Victor Frankenstein himself. Shelley and Mary Shelley are characters in the story.

From the Back Cover

Victor Frankenstein begins his anatomy experiments in a barn in the secluded village of Headington, near Oxford. The coroner's office provides the corpses he needs - but they have often died of violence and drowning and are damaged and putrefying - so he moves his coils and jars and electrical fluids to a deserted pottery manufactury in Limehouse. And, from Limehouse, makes contact with the Doomesday Men - the resurrectionists.

He pays better than any hospital for the bodies of the very recently dead. Even so, perfect specimens are hard to come by ... until that Thames-side dawn when Victor, waiting, wrapped in his greatcoat, on his wooden jetty, hears the splashing of oars and sees in the half-light that slung into the stern of the approaching boat is the corpse of a handsome young man, one hand trailing in the water....

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Peter Ackroyd is the author of biographies of Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, Wilkie Collins and Thomas More and of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.
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