Fallen and The Widows of Malabar Hill are both books that take us into other cultures and traditions. The first has a contemporary setting in America, and the second takes us to Bombay in 1921, one hundred years ago and a time presaging great upheaval. The power of fiction to engage our interest in lives that are very different from our own, to make us curious as we are informed, is one of the most important aspects of reading for many of us.I read Fallen in March, but held back the review until closer to publication.
The first essay was fascinating, drawing together Ada Lovelace, Mary Shelley, Charles Babbage, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Lord Byron in an intriguing history of connections, mathematics, computers, women's rights, and the fictional leap of Frankenstein. About a third of the way in, however, the essays are more philosophical, which takes me a great deal more time to decipher and ponder.
I suppose that like most people, I'm curious about the future of AI--a subject that is as frightening as it is fascinating. Winterson appears to have a hopeful outlook, but as always, there is the possibility of unintended consequences. I'll continue the essays, slowly, and doing a little Google researching on my own.