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The Electric Michelangelo
The Electric Michelangelo
Author: Sarah Hall
Hall's mellifluous coming-of-age story about an apprentice tattoo artist from the north coast of England who reinvents himself in Coney Island, N.Y., is picaresque in its sweep and lovely in its lush description. This 2004 Booker Prize finalist, Hall's second novel (after Haweswater) but first U.S. release, follows Cyril Parks from his youth in ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060817244
ISBN-10: 0060817240
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 1
If you have ever wanted to know more about the history of tattos OR about the history of Coney Island, this is your book. A tattoo artist on Coney Island at the beginning of the 20th century. I liked this book but my book group hated it. Frankly, I think that most of them didn't make it past the first chapter and it would have grown on them if they had.
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this was a great story of a tattoo artist who grows up in northern england and comes to coney island it the midst of its greatness and encounters many unique people. this was a beautifully written story!
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Now that I've finished this novel, I keep thinking back on it as I try to work out my feelings on it. I had read Daughters Of The North and found it a decent read so I decided to check out this one due to the subject. The descriptive prose is so thick that at times you feel like you're swimming through it, but for some reason I can't articulate I actually really enjoyed it. I wouldn't blame anyone put off by the heaviness of the writing style but it actually appealed to me (maybe because I was interested in the plot?). The main character Cy is extremely fleshed-out while the supporting characters all get a decent amount of page-time as well. All in all, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. If you can struggle through adjusting to the thickness of the writing style, I would definitely recommend this novel.


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