- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 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: 3,530 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561 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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The story of a man who’s expectation of knowledge led to the love of science, which resulted in a passion for exploration and grandeur that led to obsession and achievement. But to what end? Victor Frankenstein engaged in undertakings surpassing any ever attempted. He without consideration, self-preservation, or repercussions painstakingly constructed a human form and brought him life. Yet on the day of his creation birth, he ran from him calling him a monster and left him to his own devices. Some look at his creation as being just such named. However, was the creation indeed a monster? Is a living thing, which can think, love, empathizes, long, and want truly be considered a monster or, as Robert Waltson calls it, a hypocritical fiend. Or, should the creator, the one the creature relied on, the one who brought him life and then abandoned him be indeed perceived as the monster?
Many passages exist in these writing that I adore, but I will share just one with you:
“Nay, these are virtuous and immaculate beings! I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on. Even now my blood boils at the recollection of this injustice. But it is true that I am a wretch.” ~ Frankenstein’s monster
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.
As is true with so many stories, IMO, Frankenstein would have been a lot more interesting if it were 50% shorter and she wouldn't have needed to leave out a single detail in the plot. Finally, I must say this: Frankenstein's monster is both much more sensitive and more frightening than I ever imagined. This is a monster you really wouldn't want to piss off.