- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 3rd edition (1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486282112
- ISBN-13: 978-0486282114
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,602 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.
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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.
There are at least two things that make Frankenstein an important book and worth reading. First, it is one of the earliest, and most popular in its time, works of what might be considered science fiction, a great genre of literature. The other I discovered well into the story.
I initially found many of Shelley's characters frustrating. Victor Frankenstein is filled with self pity and helpless when it come to dealing with the consequences of his monstrous creation. He is the very picture of a failed parent. Because Shelley was considered a feminist in her time, her portrayal of female characters, (which I now suspect was tounge-in-cheek), who passively accept their fates, (usually an undeserved, gruesome and violent death), was somewhat frustrating as well. I kept looking for the meat of the story, because I misunderstood that these and other characters introduced early on were really more incidental than one might suspect. Then I found it, the real core of the story. It is told by and from the viewpoint of the creature; the monster himself. The monster's experience is an adept, satirical representation of a common experience we all share; growing up. It especially and very effectively portrays the awkwardness and challenges of adolescence. Anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, perhaps even from within their own family, will readily identify with the experiences described Frankenstein's monster.
I suspect that Ms. Shelley must have felt that way at some point to have related it so well.