The Electric Michelangelo

The Electric Michelangelo

Book - 2005
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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Electric Michelangelo is a hugely atmospheric transatlantic love story from the most uniquely talented novelist of her generation.

On the windswept front of Morecambe Bay, Cy Parks spends his childhood years first in a guest house for consumptives run by his mother and then as apprentice to alcoholic tattoo-artist Eliot Riley. Thirsty for new experiences, he departs for America and finds himself in the riotous world of the Coney Island boardwalk, where he sets up his own business as 'The Electric Michelangelo'. In this carnival environment of roller-coasters and freak-shows, Cy becomes enamoured with Grace, a mysterious immigrant and circus performer who commissions him to cover her entire body in tattooed eyes.

Publisher: London : Faber, 2005
ISBN: 9780571219308
Branch Call Number: F Hal


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Mar 10, 2011

Objectively, it is well written and the story about a tattoo artist apprentice is pretty original, but I personally just couldn’t get into it.


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