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Frankenstein Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 30, 2010
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From School Library Journal
Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The basic plot remained intact when transferred to other media. Swiss medical student Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of life (which he never reveals, lest someone repeat the mistake). He then puts together a body, essentially a man, from various corpses. He then becomes horrified by the creature he has built, and abandons. The creature, suffering a great deal of neglect and abuse, still manages to get a thorough education, and learns of his lineage. After murdering Victor's younger brother, and framing the family maid, the creature tells his (admittedly) sad tale to his "father", and then demands a mate. Victor, in a panic, agrees, then thinks better of it at the last moment, destroying the new bride. In retaliation, the creature murders all of Victor's loved ones (including his wife), and leads Victor on a merry chase across the world.
Most probably know that Mary Shelley wrote this book in response to a challenge issued by Lord Byron, during a vacation at Lake Geneva. (Along with this story came John Polidori's "The Vampyre", the first English vampire novel.) Most probably also know that Shelley went on to write other works of imaginative gothic fiction.Read more ›
If you are not familiar with the actual tale presented in this work of literary brilliance, please pay NO attention to Hollywood's portrayal of the story. This is not a tale about a scary, soulless, killing machine that goes on a rampage whilst the poor, defenseless creator sits back helplessly and innocently. It is a sad, touching tale about abandonment, prejudice, acceptance, and much more. In reading it, you will discover who the true monster of the tale is - and it isn't the poor creature.
As for this edition of the novel, I think that it is fantastic. I love this books so much that I really felt that I needed to have a hardcover edition. I'm very happy that I selected this one. The illustrations are excellent and plentiful. I am easily amused, so I was delighted to discover that the book has a ribbon attached to the spine so you can easily mark your pages. This is by far one of the most unique books in my collection. I love it. Buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to buy it for a class. The book was okay. Even though it is only 166 pages, the words are very tiny, but they are not hard to read. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Mahmudun Nabi
A little wordy at times but that's the way they wrote back in the day..still a great book. U have to read it....Published 12 hours ago by Jorge Faberlle
Excellent edition. Love all the extra appendices. Even better than I expected.Published 8 days ago by B. Bigney
A must read for anyone looking for a romantic-age horror novel.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Frankenstein was mostly bland but in some parts of the book, it was a alright but it lasted for a short time. The action parts that were good could have been elaborated on. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
The best monster novel of all time. Mary Shelley wrote this when she was only 18 years old and it was a ghost story writing contest between her, Lord Byron, and Peter Shelley.Published 18 days ago by Mtnsport
I prefer "Dracula," but "Frankenstein" has this on "Dracula": it was first, and therefore Stoker probably got to cheat a bit by reading Shelley's novel and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Douglas A. Schrock