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Frankenstein [Kindle Edition]

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Editorial Reviews Review

Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image … but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates.

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up-Full-color drawings, photographs, and reproductions with extended captions have been added to the unedited text of Shelley's novel, thus placing the work in the context of the era in which it was written. The artwork faithfully represents the text and makes this edition appealing to reluctant readers. Unfortunately, many of the captions provide tangential information that, although interesting, interrupts the flow of the story. However, readers will quickly learn that it is not necessary to read every caption and appreciate this volume for its many quality illustrations.
Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453771778
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084BN44Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is the monster? September 12, 2013
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"Frankenstein" the book is very different from the impressions of the story I'd gained from movie images. "Baron Von Frankenstein" is not a nobleman, nor a mature or near-elderly man. He's a very bright college student who gets obsessed with the idea of understanding the secret of the life force. There is no castle, no giant lab, no lightning storm. . . just a rented room in a student boarding house. In fact, Shelley's Frankenstein is adamant about sharing nothing about how he creates his monster, lest others share his sad fate.

The "monster" is the true hero of the book -- an ugly creature abandoned by his creator in the moment of his uncanny 'birth.' Although at first animal-like, he gradually grows into the sensibilities of a man, with an instinct to do good. But his sincere efforts to be good, and to win his way into community, are rebuffed at every turn, and these disappointments hurt him to the point of furious revenge.

Victor Frankenstein spends most of the book wallowing in guilt and depression, unable to either see the capacity for virtue in his creation or provide it with the means to have a peaceful existence. The monster, his twisted mirror, is a wretch battling desperately for companionship, love, knowledge, and justice.

This is definitely a novel written in another time. The story is revealed through the letters of an ambitious sea captain who stumbles into the final chapter of the larger story. Everything is related as memory, and there are far too many pages of Frankenstein moaning about his unhappiness. It's not an adventure story or a horror story or an action-adventure. Instead, it's a moral tale played out in fantastical circumstances, leaving the reader to judge who, in the end, is the true monster.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars right book wrong size June 24, 2014
this is NOT a traditional paperback. it is a binder sized, work book style book. I didn't see in the description any notations to it's size. the "Product Details" list it's size at 11 X 8 1/2" but that is exactly where packaging size is usually listed so it's unclear.
this would be great if this size suits you, with all the additional information added. but the size will not work for my needs. not worth returning considering the seller will consider me at fault and charge me half the cost of the book for shipping.
no I must go buy the right book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Introduction missing June 21, 2014
I was dismayed to find that Marry Shelly's introduction, along with the editor's notes were missing from the Kindle edition. It appears likely that the Kindle edition may actually be a copy of a different edition. With a price of $0.00, I can't really complain, but I ended buying another edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic! June 23, 2014
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Everybody knows the story - or do they? I didn't. I revelled in the journey young and optimistic bratt Frankenstein takes to his tormented end. Not only a true horror story, but also a tragic one in the destiny of the creature itself which only seeks beauty and love and is welcomed with dread, fear and anger. Poor us, silly and shallow Humans!!

Shelley is a bit boring at some places, and vivid, full of motion in others. I had to make some effort to start reading the book and got a bit bored in the begining, but the tales picks speed and emotion past the half and towards the end.

Funny thing about it, the men behavior didn't correspond to a nowadays attitude, more rude and short of speak. In the book, all men make verbous statement of love and loyalty and beauty almost all the time (that's the boring parts.) They feel... odd. It does not spoils the atmosphere but it makes for a bit of artificiality. Maybe it is me, Brazillian of twenty century, and not the Englishman (Switzerlander??) from that epoch.

I would read it again, no question. It is a good book and worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its NOT what you think. June 27, 2014
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Forget ALL the movies ever made about this book. They all say a lot more about the trashy cultural milieu they were made in than they do about the actual point of Mary Shelly's story.
Forget EVERYTHING you already think you know about the story of Frankenstein.
Start over again. Read the book.
There's a message there, and not one single mention of lightning, electrodes, or the stolen bodies and brains of deceased criminals.
Just read it. Your admiration for Mary and Percy Shelly will go through the roof, and your admiration of Hollywood will go in the toilet... where it belongs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this June 21, 2014
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There are many reasons why this book is a classic...not the least being that it is extraordinarily well written. Unlike the very shallow movies that have followed it, it is a passion play of morality with no clear resolution that leaves on to wonder who was the more evil, the creator or the created? It is also flush with the philosophies and archetypal images of the earlier work of Milton and his lost paradise. Horror for the thinking person with all the exhilaration of a far more modern suspense novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL!!!!! I'LL BE!!!!! January 18, 2014
Okay!!!!! Where was the life-giving lightning bolt?? Where
was the angry mob of peasants?? Where was the
grave-robbing?? Where was the inarticulate, moaning,
grunting monster?? After ?? a hundred ?? years, I finally
READ this book!! I was shocked!! After only knowing the
story through the movie, I was taken aback by the written
tale. Wow!! What a really great book!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars NO PAGE NUMBERS, HUH?
I was very dismayed when I purchased this book for my daughter's high school summer reading assignment. IT HAS NO PAGE NUMBERS. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Susan K. Maloney
5.0 out of 5 stars horror!
FrAnkenstein created a monster and could not cope with the fact of what he had done. The monster was self aware, but still a monster. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Naturallia
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound and vital social foundation
If read carefully some fundamental social concepts related to isolation and rejection are found, and those are so applicable nowadays when bullying shows up as a true sign of... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Marco Bueno
3.0 out of 5 stars much much better than the movies I would recommend reading
the book, much much better than the movies I would recommend reading it
Published 2 days ago by Arlene D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good
Better than has been portrayed by the films. Well worth a read. A believable description of loss love and revenge.
Published 3 days ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much to Love!
If you've read any adaptation of Frankenstein or seen any of the movies, you have to read the original. It's language and treatment of universal themes is magnificent. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Moss Family Readers
5.0 out of 5 stars forget the moves go to the true story
the second most filmed story {Dracula being the first] but no mater the format always great now read it as it is meant to be, the original from the mind of Mary Wollstonecraft... Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Lemas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
product met description and received in a timely manner.
Published 7 days ago by callie
5.0 out of 5 stars who is the real monster??????
My favorite story about a man trying to play God then creating a monster who really is not a monster but shows how man is the real monster and destroys what is good and beautiful. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Wes Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. The format was okay
Great book. The format was okay, no particular problems. I loved this book.
Published 11 days ago by maria
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