Cleopatra and Frankenstein is the love-story of Frank, a handsome advertising executive and Cleo, a beautiful British artist. They serendipitously meet on New Years Eve, in a first chapter spun with gold, glitter and astonishing repartee. Coco Mellors, the author of the whole shebang, has based her debut on a privileged milieu of characters- most of them are painters, part-time designers and heirs to Eastern European fortunes- connected to each other in sparkling cross-networks, each hankering for some kind of final truth to pin their life to. At the center of Mellor’s universe lie Frank and Cleo, who are entangled with each other, certainly, but are also tangled with others at the hems of their lives. Each time their love encounters jarring weather, they are flung out, over the verge, as it were, to seek others who align, better, with their search for a kind of all-encompassing harmony. Many philosophical questions arise for the reader through the length of the novel, and most of them are to do with love and compatibility. Mellors complicates all of our romantic notions in a gloriously vulnerable approach to the novel, doing so with an eye for aesthetic detail that successfully crystallizes her tome in the mind of the reader, for the days that follow its shimmering end.
Selected Quotes from Cleopatra and Frankenstein
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