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Frankenstein (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, October 21, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0486282114 ISBN-10: 0486282112 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (October 21, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486282112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486282114
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is unfortunate as Mary Shelley's classic is among the best books ever written.
JMack
In her classic novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley creates a fascinating, thoroughly engrossing story about a young scientist who gives life to an inanimate creature.
Melissa Lustig
What I found most intriguing about this book was that the main story was not defined to me until one moment at the very end.
Peripa

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86 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Modern readers must jump through a number of hoops to enjoy this legendary novel. Written between 1816 and 1818, this is very much a novel of its era, and both language and ideas about plot are quite different from those of today. That aside, and unlike such contemporaries as Jane Austen, author Mary Shelly has never been greatly admired for her literary style, which is often awkward. But perhaps the biggest hurdle is that of our own expectations: while it certainly sent icy chills down the spines of 19th Century readers, FRANKENSTEIN is not a horror novel per se.

While Mary Shelly might have been stylistically weak, her story was not. Nothing like it had been written before, and the concept of a student endowing life upon a humanoid creature cobbled together from charnel house parts was unexpectedly shocking to the reading public. But even more shocking were the ideas that Shelly brought to the story. Having created this thing in his own image, what--if anything--does the creator owe it? And in posing this question, Shelly very deliberately raises her novel to an even more complex level: this is not merely the conflict of man and his creation, but also a questioning of God and his responsibility toward his creation.

In some respects, the book is written like the famous philosophical "dialogues" of the ancient world: a counterpoint of questions and arguments that do battle for the reader's acceptance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChaseJanis on October 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Written nearly 2 centuries ago, Frankenstein continues to thrive, as though it has a life of its own. The trope of the mad scientist bringing an abomination to life came from the pages of Mary Shelley's imagination. She expertly crafts the tragic story of Victor Frankenstein, a young, ambitious scientist that becomes obsessed with unlocking the secret to natural life. He succeeds in his goal by combining various body parts, mysterious chemicals, unknown technology and a strange final spark. The Monster arises and wreaks havoc on the Victor's life, though not without its own reasons.

Frankenstein, is a story that not only gives you shivers of revulsion, it also leaves the reader wondering if science ever should unlock nature's secrets, as well as questioning the line between good and evil. Its prose unravels, to reveal the tragic life of Victor (and how his mad search for revenge consumed him), as well as mirroring the tragedy of Mary Shelley herself. Rife with romantic and Gothic undertones, Frankenstein is possibly one of the first examples of Science Fiction.

I felt that the novel was a great story, even though sometimes I needed a break to digest and search Spark Notes for exact meaning behind certain chapters, overall it was intensely interesting to read and to connect the story to the author's life, as well as see how today's pop culture has twisted and morphed the original story.

Overall a 9/10, would recommend for anyone who loves sci-fi, horror, and anyone who is interested in women authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Galindo VINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
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I think like almost every American kid, I grew up "Frankenstein" on the movie screen. And I think I've seen them all: Boris Karloff, the silent version, "Young Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein," "Frankenstein vs The Mummy," etc. I really thought I knew this story - the monster and the creator.

Turns out, I didn't know anything. Mary Shelley was very young woman when she wrote this piece, and her immaturity in writing does reflect within the pages. More on that later. This novel is important, as it ushered in a genre never before experienced: science fiction. Although this genre would become more advanced and developed, this novel broke ground, so to speak. What is unfortunate is Mary Shelley had a concept (such as re-animating a corpse), but didn't have the knowledge or understanding of how those concepts might be realized, so there are gaps. For example, the reader goes from A to C and is never truly given an explanation for B.

However, that's where imagination comes in, and the greater part of the story is not how certain concepts are realized, but a much larger moral issue. The question is: if humans have the capacity to defy the laws nature and play creator, should humans take on that role or should there be a code of morality to be considered? I do think this moral issue is also addressed in the movies I've seen, but not to such a large degree as it is in the book.

The variances between the book and the movies are astounding. If you've seen the myriad movies made of "Frankenstein," and believe you know the story, think again. The movie is really nothing like the book. The book offers so much more understanding of the "monster" - what he thinks, what he feels, and why he does what he does.
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