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The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall
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The Electric Michelangelo (2004)

by Sarah Hall

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An interesting book focusing on the multidimensional aspects of tattooing and in particular, on the relationship between Cy and Grace. Hall's style is a refreshingly strange fusion of dark Victorian esthetics and modern directness. One of my favorite sections of the book is this scene with Cy and Grace, both of whom are completely covered in tattoos: "He knew if he drew Grace in towards him now, so that their skin met . . . [it] would be like touching a soft white effluent, like that quiet portion of the northern lights, the last, most obscurely hidden element of the atmospheric wonder, the humble white pulse of illumination almost lost behind the seeping blood of the sky. And his hands would move right through her" (278).

This book is under discussion in the Tattooing in Literature group here in the Goodreads community. Feel free to join our group and share your thoughts about Hall's novel. ( )
  VicCavalli | Dec 8, 2018 |
At times the language is so abstract and figurative that I thought I would need to diagram the sentences to understand it, but the story is compelling, and in the end I enjoyed this. The book creates fascinating characters, but we see most of them as cars passing on a dark road - they emerge from some unilluminated past, and disappear before we learn much about them. ( )
  rkstafford | Nov 19, 2015 |
Such prose! Hall's writing is beautiful, even when she's describing things terrible and bloody.

A definite MUST for those who have/want/love tattoos, and have an interest in carny (circus/sideshow) culture. ( )
  VladVerano | Oct 20, 2015 |
$1. find! ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
beautifully written and superbly descriptive. ( )
  tinfoilspider13 | Mar 7, 2013 |
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Cy Parks is the Electric Michelangelo, an artist of extraordinary gifts whose medium happens to be the pliant, shifting canvas of the human body. Fleeing his mother's legacy -- a consumptives' hotel in a fading English seaside resort -- Cy reinvents himself in the incandescent honky-tonk of Coney Island in its heyday between the two world wars. Amid the carnival decadence of freak shows and roller coasters, enchanters and enigmas, scam artists and marks, Cy will find his muse: an enigmatic circus beauty who surrenders her body to his work, but whose soul tantalizingly eludes him.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:52 -0400)

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Cyril Parks reinvents himself in Coney Island, N.Y after the deaths of his mother, Reeda, and his mentor, Eliot Riley, where he becomes a skilled tattoo artist and meets a local Russian chess champion.

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