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Frankenstein [Kindle Edition]

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)

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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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down ... October 27, 2013
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Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is an amazingly fast read; her poetic prose flows like a fast running Alpine stream. It's as if she sat down to write the story and didn't get up until she finished. And, you don't want to stop reading.

I am amazed that a girl so young could put so much knowledge of place, human nature and life into her work.
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2 of 2 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and frustrating, but beautiful. December 29, 2013
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Frankenstein really captures how unfair life can be, and how you must be cautious with your power. Frankenstein knew exactly what he was creating, but then he freaked out when it actually happened, and everything wouldn't have been so awful if he would have just handled it instead of running away from his problems, like he always does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the true horror greats March 10, 2014
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One of the greatest horror novels ever written. I'm a great fan of gothic horror, and this is the genre at its finest.

I felt sympathy for the "monster" while reviling his mad creator, a man who in his head was trying to conquer death and become godlike. Fittingly, the story ends in tragedy for everyone involved.

An absolutely brilliant read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take your time reading December 29, 2013
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It's a good classic, but kind of hard to follow at times. The narrative suddenly switched a couple of times and threw me off. Great storyline, though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but get slow at times December 28, 2013
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this is a great story, and scary at that, but it was slow at times I. the middle. I still enjoyed it and would recommend it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless story January 9, 2014
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A compellingly imagined story, more powerful than when I first read it some thirty years ago. Amazingly relevant today as we ponder the full impact of technology on our world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein
Classic, yet easy to read. Shelley has provided her readers the personification of monstrosity from the dangers of ambition. Exciting and simultaneously heartbreaking. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars good read for my teens class
this was very helpful for my son who was taking a worldview class and needed to see how it would apply to today and setting your own worldview.
Published 3 days ago by Jamie Genzel
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good
I thought I would love books written by Mary Shelley, I have read so much about her life. I was introduced to Mary Shelley by author Stephanie Hemphill one of my favorites through... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Lovely Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein
After so many movie variations I decided to see for myself what the writer intended. What a great read. Thanks
Published 7 days ago by Steve N.
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting story
Amazingly, I've never read the book ever before. It is exciting and moving, and not at all what I expected. Very well written and memorable.
Published 8 days ago by Timothy J Hurst
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
I think there's a quote attributed to Mark Twain that "classics are the books everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein
Loved this book. This is my second time reading it. One of my all times favorites. I recomend this book to anyone. Just a classic.
Published 10 days ago by Martha Sandoval
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent and beautiful
This book is so beautifully written. Shelley creates a sympathetic monster, not depicted in the movie. This book will blow all your notions of Frankenstein's monster. A must read.
Published 15 days ago by BellsOnHerToes
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, for sure, this is NOT the Frankenstein idea that...
... I grew up with. This original novel by Mary Shelley (we share the same birthday, fortunately not the same year... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars nothing like its pop culture legacy
The book was good; I'm not sure if it's great. For the time it was written, it is amazing. But the story of Frankenstein as it exists in pop culture bears no resemblance whatsoever... Read more
Published 16 days ago by James Griffith
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