- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 3rd edition (1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486282112
- ISBN-13: 978-0486282114
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,382 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Grade 3-7-Large print, short chapters, and an abundance of white space provide an attractive, more-accessible option for readers who are not ready to handle the originals. At best, this approach works as a vehicle to deliver the basic elements of the stories while providing an entertaining, simplified version of the classic at a lower reading level. After all, many of our cultural references would be lost on readers who don't know what Jekyll and Hyde represent, or what consequences the creator of Frankenstein faced. At worst, the sometimes-stilted language reads like awkward translations. What is missing, of course, is the very language that makes these classics so evocative of their time. Victorian London, for example, is captured so much more readily with the elegant and dramatic prose of Robert Louis Stevenson. If presenting Classic Starts, do so with a recommendation: when you are ready, read the originals. There can be no substitute.-Elizabeth Fernandez, Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich, CT
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Second, this book is terrifying! It’s more than the image of this monster that’s scary because in reality, there’s not even much of description of the creature except he was yellow skin, had big eyes, like 8 ft tall, and had black lips. No really, there’s barely a paragraph of him. So I don’t know where the green colored Herman Munster comes from really. But back to what I was saying…ah yes, the terror! Because there’s so much background of this doctor Victor Frankenstein it’s scary to imagine what goes inside his psychotic little head. The description of what he does and what he thinks is so detailed, the story seems to be like a big fat foreshadow. And there’s so much death! Caroline, William, Henry, etc… Any character besides Vic barely lasts a few chapters.
If you haven’t read it, I would definitely suggest it. Usually classics are either a strong no or yes but this is a strong yes for me! It’s completely worth it and if you ever consider watching the ridiculous movie adaptations then read the book first! The movies are ridiculous, specially the one with Robert De Niro in it.
Overall Rating: Well, who am I to rate it? Except that I really did like it, for a horror book. It’s definitely up there with Stephen King, actually way better than SK, so I would definitely give it a 5/5.
Bernie Wrightson was the illustrator for comic books for many years and even did the artwork for a Color the monster book back in the seventies. I used to have the color the monster book actually signed by Bernie. I bought it in Upstate New York. Now it has disappeared on me, probably accidentally thrown away by someone who did not realize what it was. He also did the art work for Stephen King's Cycle of the werewolf (made into the movie Silver Bullet) and Creepshow (also made into a movie).
The artwork here is beautiful and atmospheric and has a classic Gothic quality to it that you may only know from certain very old comic books. As I said before, the onlyd etail I'm not fond of is how he doe the nose of the creature. That was not how it was described in the novel. Otherwise this is perfect.