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Frankenstein Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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“The new Penguin Horror editions, selected by Guillermo del Toro, feature some of the best art-direction (by Paul Buckley) I've seen in a cover in quite some time.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
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About the Author
MARY SHELLEY was born in London in 1797, daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, famous radical writers of the day. In 1814 she met and soon fell in love with the then-unknown Percy Bysshe Shelley. In December 1816, after Shelley's first wife committed suicide, Mary and Percy married. They lived in Italy from 1818 until 1822, when Shelley drowned, whereupon Mary returned to London to live as a professional writer of novels, stories, and essays until her death in 1851.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO is a Mexican director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and designer. He both cofounded the Guadalajara International Film Festival and formed his own production company—the Tequila Gang. However, he is most recognized for his Academy Award-winning film, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the Hellboy film franchise. He has received Nebula and Hugo awards, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, and is an avid collector and student of arcane memorabilia and weird fiction.
ELIZABETH KOSTOVA is the author of the bestselling novel The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.
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The story was much different from the movies and more interesting. It ran on a bit and Shelley uses a lot of words we don't use anymore, but she's very eloquent and her prose is very beautiful at times.
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.
Eventually we get to where the creature is created, and this is where things are different from the classic movie you are more familiar with. we see more of Frankenstein internal torment for making such a monstrosity. Eventually we see a bit from the creature's point of view before Frankenstein takes back over.
Over all it's an interesting tale, and I'm sure it was quite creepy when it was first published. But as a lot of the books I've read from this particular area the narrator, who is also the lead or close to the lead character, is telling his story to the reader itself. I'm assuming that was a popular style at the time. I would recommend this, if anything to see what inspired the movies is nothing else. Just don't judge it by today's standards.
The narration begins in Russia then transitions to Geneva, Switzerland where the events surrounding Victor Frankenstein and the Monster are chronicled. The setting switches often, but the majority is set in Europe.
Surprisingly, treatment of the poor and uneducated is a major theme of this book. It feels a lot less like a horror novel than a parable on the use of knowledge for good or evil purposes.
A good and surprising read.
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: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
An excellent reading of this classic. The narration was well done by Daniela Acitelli.Read more