- Series: Ad Classic
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: AD Classic; Reprint edition (August 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098092104X
- ISBN-13: 978-0980921045
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,663,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frankenstein (AD Classic) Reprint Edition
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unlike the mute stupid monster of the movies, Shelley's monster is articulate and sensitive and longs for companionship, but all of humankind reacts to him with horror. And so he demands that Frankenstein build him a mate. When Frankenstein refuses to provide him with a companion, the creature resolves to destroy those who Frankenstein loves.
It all makes for a rousing adventure, but there is much more here. Frankenstein, through his work, has attempted to become a god, but his creation is a horrible disappointment & so, is banished from him. Meanwhile, his flawed creation, filled with ineffable longing and confusion, wanders in exile seeking the meaning of his existence. And what is the impulse that he settles upon, but another act of creation; a mate must be created for him. The Biblical parallels are obvious, but they work on us subtly as we read the novel. In the end, the uncontrollable urge to create, to imitate God, stands revealed as Man's driving force. And the inevitable disappointment of the creator in his creation, is revealed as the serpent in the garden.
If you've never read this book, read it now. If you've read it before, read it again.
Bravo Mary Shelley...
Although the concept of the monster is good, and the conflicts of the story well thought out, Shelly suffers from the writing style of the time. Many people do not finish the book as the language is stilted and verbose for example when was the last time you said, "Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy of death."
Much of the book seems like travel log filler. More time describing the surroundings of Europe than the reason for traveling or just traveling. Many writers use traveling to reflect time passing or the character growing in stature or knowledge. In this story they just travel a lot.
This book is definitely worth plodding through for moviegoers. The record needs to be set strait. First shock is that the creator is named Victor Frankenstein; the creature is just "monster" not Frankenstein. And it is Victor that is backwards which added in him doing the impossible by not knowing any better. The monster is well read in "Sorrows of a Young Werther," "Paradise Lost," and Plutarch's "Lives." The debate (mixed with a few murders) rages on as to whether the monster was doing evil because of his nature or because he was spurned?
The Thirteenth Floor
The book starts with letters written by Robert Walton speaking of his quest to the North Pole, traveling through Europe and up into Russia. Walton's curiosity and purpose push him to discover native territory where he meets a desolate man by the name of Victor Frankenstein. Walton is fascinated by the life and story of Victor Frankenstein, who he admires and feels a kinship. Both he and Frankenstein speak of their desire to obtain power by discovering the unknown. Victor Frankenstein's story is one of intense desire for education that turns into a lifelong obsession. This obsession controls him, which brings about his gruesome creation and life of a monster made from dead human parts. The monster's story then begins to unfold, telling of his struggle for enlightenment of the world and trying to be a part of civilization. The monster's horrific appearance makes it impossible to be accepted by human kind and leaves him to learn of life on his own.
Early on in the book of Frankenstein, with the introduction of letters, we find that Robert Walton has total admiration for Victor Frankenstein because of his need for a friend and one who is educated of the world.Read more ›