The Electric Michelangelo

The Electric Michelangelo

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Growing up in England and serving an apprenticeship under a drunken, frequently vicious tattoo master, Cy heads for America in search of new opportunities, setting up his own shop on the Coney Island boardwalk under the name of "The Electric Michelangelo" and falling in love with Grace, a mysterious circus performer. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer

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.

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After growing up in England and serving an apprenticeship under a drunken tattoo master, Cy heads for America, setting up a shop on Coney Island and falling in love with a circus performer.

Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2005
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780060817244
Branch Call Number: Fiction hal
Characteristics: 340, 16 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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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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