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Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus Paperback – April 20, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1613821657 ISBN-10: 1613821654

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613821654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613821657
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The edition I read was from Wordsworth Classics (1993); I was unable to find it listed anywhere on Amazon. It is complete with an Introduction and a Preface, and, as far as I could tell, is faithful to the original text. Since Mary Shelley's book, we have been inundated with images and descriptions of Frankenstein's creature and other similar creatures. Many of these images have come to us via a plethora of films based on Mary's original idea, and somewhere in this entanglement of ideas and images, Mary's original story has been both distorted and even lost. The original story is well-written even if the presentation is, by today's standards, at times slightly archaic. "Frankenstein" may well be one of the first science fiction novels, but it is not without considerable thought and a deep understanding of human nature. That Victor Frankenstein was able to create such a creature was a wonder in itself, but, as Mary was well aware, creation without responsibility can only end in disaster, which, of course, is precisely what happened. You may well read this story as science fiction or even horror, but, in the end, it is the human element that is most disturbing: we do not need ugly, ungainly creatures to upset the equilibrium of life, we are quite adept at upsetting it ourselves.
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By Brooke on May 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
The story of Frankenstein is a horror classic that will always be haunting and yet it seems to have holes in the story. The monster watches the De Lacey family for almost a whole year, he witnesses the changes of winter and spring, but he kills William Frankenstein when spring begins. Also, the multiple amount of narrators, the monster to Victor Frankenstein, Victor to Robert Wlaton, and Robert Walton to his sister and finally the reader, make the chances that all of them could have perfectly recited the letters of the Turk and or Alphonse Frankenstein high unlikely. Also, these large amount of narrators means that they could have been biased in their retellings or descriptions. However, I believe this adds to the whole suspense and intrigue of the book and it is one of the most entertaining literary classics that is full of character development, plot twists, and symbols.
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By C. L Wilson on March 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
How fab this was! Particularly the version which has all sorts of additional information, including a great bio of the author, and notes on the differences between the original version, which is what the text is, and the 1831 version, which is the most widely published. Plus a short fragment written by Byron. I must say that his style of writing is so like the book that I can see how many others have questioned its authorship. And how different from the 20 or so movie versions I have seen. This is easily the most filmed novel in movie history. The book is not about the monster at all, who is never named, but is quite intelligent and literate. It is about Victor Frankenstein. "Prometheus" says it all. A Titan in Greek mythology who stole fire from heaven, gave it to man, and was then tortured for that action by Zeus. So we see how dearly Victor paid for that gift of life to the monster. Only Ernest, his brother, is left at the end, a student somewhere. Plodding, overdone style, which is in keeping with the writing of the times. And if Victor wept once, or shed tears copiously, he did so 100 times. He was ALWAYS weeping. Plus I think there were many mistakes in the novel's plotline. Many inconsistencies, but it doesn't matter at all. Poor Victor! He played with fire and got burnt.
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By Deborah McKenney on March 18, 2013
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This publication of the 1818 edition is perfect. The paper is of good quality stock, the font size is very readable, and there is ample margin space for annotating.
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