Adventures of the Artificial Woman: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster, 2004 - Fiction - 198 pages
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Fed up with the sarcastic, opinionated, and disrespectful women he comes across, Ellery Pierce decides his only choice is to build the perfect woman. A technician at an animatronics firm, Ellery has the experience and tools ready at his fingertips. After years of experiments and fine-tuning, Ellery feels he finally has created an artificial woman who can pass as real -- Phyllis. According to Ellery, Phyllis is the perfect wife, fulfilling his every wish, from gourmet meals to sexual pleasure. Unfortunately for Ellery, he may have made her too closely in his image for his own good.

Yearning to make it big in show business, Phyllis leaves Ellery with dreams of Hollywood. She works her way up from a strip club, a phone sex operation, a pornography website, and a small town playhouse to a gig in the movies. Soon she's a bona fide box office sensation.

Eventually, Phyllis sets her sights on the ultimate goal -- presidency of the United States. By now, after completely falling apart upon Phyllis's departure, Ellery has pulled himself together and is back with Phyllis to steer her along her course, or so he thinks. It's no surprise when Phyllis wins the election, but it's too late when Ellery begins to wonder if this time she's gone too far.

Adventures of the Artificial Woman is another scathingly hilarious and sinister novel from Thomas Berger, this time about a beautiful creation gone completely haywire.

Fed up with the sarcastic, opinionated, and disrespectful women he comes across, Ellery Pierce decides his only choice is to build the perfect woman. A technician at an animatronics firm, Ellery has the experience and tools ready at his fingertips. After years of experiments and fine-tuning, Ellery feels he finally has created an artificial woman who can pass as real -- Phyllis. According to Ellery, Phyllis is the perfect wife, fulfilling his every wish, from gourmet meals to sexual pleasure. Unfortunately for Ellery, he may have made her too closely in his image for his own good.

Yearning to make it big in show business, Phyllis leaves Ellery with dreams of Hollywood. She works her way up from a strip club, a phone sex operation, a pornography website, and a small town playhouse to a gig in the movies. Soon she's a bona fide box office sensation.

Eventually, Phyllis sets her sights on the ultimate goal -- presidency of the United States. By now, after completely falling apart upon Phyllis's departure, Ellery has pulled himself together and is back with Phyllis to steer her along her course, or so he thinks. It's no surprise when Phyllis wins the election, but it's too late when Ellery begins to wonder if this time she's gone too far.

Adventures of the Artificial Woman is another scathingly hilarious and sinister novel from Thomas Berger, this time about a beautiful creation gone completely haywire.

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ADVENTURES OF THE ARTIFICIAL WOMAN

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Berger's deliciously deadpan 23rd reworks the vein of satiric fantasy prominently displayed in such predecessors as Vital Parts (1970) and Regiment of Women (1973).It begins with an expository ... Read full review

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User Review  - mbergman - LibraryThing

A lightweight satire. A man who is unable to develop satisfactory relationships with women creates a robot with remarkable abilities to learn from experience. She soon leaves him and strikes out on ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
18
Section 3
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Thomas Berger is the author of twenty-three novels. His previous novels include Best Friends, Meeting Evil, and The Feud, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His Little Big Man is known throughout the world.

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