The Machine, James Smythe
James Smythe

The Machine

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award 2014, this is a Frankenstein tale for our time from one of the UK’s brightest new literary talents.
Vic returned from war tormented by his nightmares. His once happy marriage to Beth all but disintegrated. A machine promised salvation, purging him of all memory.
Now the machines are gone, declared too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth’s flat is an ever-whirring black box. She knows that memories can be put back and that she can rebuild her husband piece by piece.
A Frankenstein tale for the 21st century, The Machine is a story of the indelibility of memory, the human cost of science and the horrors of love.
306 printed pages


MMshared an impression2 years ago
👍Worth reading

It's gripping and thought-provoking


savchenstep27has quoted2 years ago
bulbous and clunky
Wenlin Liew
Wenlin Liewhas quoted2 years ago
the size of a kitchen appliance
MMhas quoted2 years ago
Memory is the greatest gallery in the world and I can play an endless archive of images.
J.G. Ballard, Miracles of Life

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