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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.

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: #343 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man made of the dead June 19, 2014
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Everyone has heard of Frankenstein's monster... or at least the Hollywood version, with green skin, boxy head and bolts in his neck.

But the original creature is quite different in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," which starts off rather slow but builds into a tragic, darkly hypnotic tale about tampering in God's domain, and the terrible consequences that come from it. Also: if you create a new creature out of dead body parts, don't disown him or he'll kill your family.

During a trip across the Arctic, a ship picks up a starved, half-frozen man named Victor Frankenstein. As he recovers, Frankenstein tells them his life story -- especially about how he became fascinated with science, and developed a process to reanimate dead tissue. Eventually he constructs a new creature out of dead body parts, and brings him to life.

But while the creature is intelligent and articulate, he's also hideously ugly. Horrified that he's not beautiful, Frankenstein flees... and has a nervous breakdown. Wimp.

But months later, the murder of his little brother brings Victor back to his home, where he figures out that the creature was involved. And to his horror, the creature now wants a mate. But the loathing between them -- caused by Frankenstein's disgust and the creature's increasing bitterness -- leads to even more tragedy...

"Frankenstein" is one of those rare novels that is almost beyond classification -- it's gothic horror, it's sci-fi, it's a tragedy about scientific ambition that goes where it shouldn't go. Mary Shelley was only eighteen years old when she began writing this book, but she interwove religion, science and a fiercely intelligent knowledge of human nature into it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL!!!!! I'LL BE!!!!! January 18, 2014
By Len
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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Any literate individual is familiar with this famous work by Mary Shelley, however, those that have not read it will be surprised by how much the book differs from the theatrical and cinema adaptations. Of course, it is a 19th century work, and as such is written in a style that may be strange to modern readers. Having read Dickens and Dracula (of a similar genre), I was in no way put off by the style, but had one overriding problem with the work: It is irredeemably silly.

Some may think it strange that anyone could raise an issue of believability in a story involving a monster constructed of discarded body parts, but that is essentially my problem with the novel. Dracula has a similarly implausible underlying theme, however I didn’t “roll my eyes” while reading it, whereas Frankenstein had some real moments of absurdity. When the existence of an eight foot tall “monster” is not the most unlikely event in a novel, you might have some problems.

Which of these events is most unlikely? WARNING, SOME SPOILERS.

1. A man constructs and enlivens an eight foot tall being. In the audio book upon which this review is based, there was no explanation of how this was done. Simply, “I set about creating my being and soon accomplished the task.” Really, no explanation whatsoever? And even if he scavenged body parts from morgues and cemeteries, where do you come across torsos and limbs of sufficient length to end up with an eight foot tall being? It reminds me of the Steve Martin skit “How to make a million dollars and never pay taxes”. First, make a million dollars. At least the movie addresses this deficiency.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't think it should be called the "first sci-fi novel"
It is a nice book, but i was seriously disappointed, as i was expecting the "first sci-fi" book ever written, but Shelley just says the creature was created using alchemy... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Adrián Sanabria
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic format for the classic book.
Take a step into the past. read in a way that has not been done in so long. A slow read to start for these modern eyes but to read and see the world through the eyes long past is a... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Rory John Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Wonderfully written and expertly told. The original story of Frankenstein is much more than a beast brought to life, but an eloquent animal full of feeling and actions.
Published 1 day ago by Adam2013
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
When I watch Frankenstein films, I always tend to love the creature more than his creator, so I find it odd that while I read this I became enamored with Victor. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kaitlin McGrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
is ok
Published 1 day ago by Alexandra Morales
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing compares to the many pieces of Frankenstein.
SpiritRane: One of my favorite books as a Teen and quite an interesting and frightening read for an imaginative mind such as I was back then. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kelly Rane
3.0 out of 5 stars Large like a magazine
Didn't need bilingual. Large like a magazine.
Published 3 days ago by Steven L. Alter
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what the movies would have you believe...
I never saw an entire Frankenstein film, only fragments here and there, but those left me with an impression that is far from the essence of Mary Shelley's book, Frankenstein. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Poet&Writer
1.0 out of 5 stars Val
Great quality, slow delivery.
Published 4 days ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good edition of the book if you are needing to ...
This is a good edition of the book if you are needing to read it in a bind. There wasn't to much of the extra "introductions" and other added on stuff that some readers may... Read more
Published 5 days ago by MissMia
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