- 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: 3,638 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175 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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1) It's awesome that Amazon is giving free ebooks for classical literature like this! Thanks, Amazon! And what a surprise it was for me, that this Kindle edition is the real original "Frankenstein", but audiobook narrated by George Guidhall is of a later edition (which was edited by the author herself, when her book became famous). So reading those two books where more like reading two separate books for me - one ebook and one audiobook, with quite a lot of changes, even so major as who Elizabeth was to Victor - a real cousin, or just a girl taken from street! :O
2) As I said, I have expected this book to be absolutely different! A horror story, about making a man from different body parts. Actually this only took a few pages of the book. All the book was Victor's thoughts about what he had done, creatures thoughts about humankind, and
3) a lot a lot A LOT of words misery, wretchedness and countenance :D My oh my, I have never read so many same QQing thoughts in my life! :D This book could be a good 5 star if Victor's thoughts weren't so TERRIBLY repetitive. He said he feels misery/is miserable/life's misery at least 135 times (just did a search in my Kindle). I won't even count other of his cryings. I should be ashamed of making fun of his inner tortures. Victor Frankenstein had a really difficult life, but I'm not if it was a good idea by the author to write it in such a repetitive way! but on the other hand - it was an absolutely different style from the books I usually read, so also a good thing.
4) Never ever don't you dear call a man-made-man a "Frankenstein"! He didn't have a name! Frankenstein was his creator. But the creature was just that - a creature. And what a surprise he was! All my life I thought of Frankenstein's creature to be a mindless monster, with bolts in his head, making ugly sounds and walking like a zombie. That's what those movies show! But this was such a mistake of mine! :O Creature was one of the most intelligent characters in the story! His ability to deduct, to learn, to feel... he was amazing! The story creature told about his first year of life was so heartgripping that I felt so fond of him, so sorry for him... Sadly later he changed.. Loniness makes people (and other creatures) do bad things... :( But still.. he was not a mindless zombie. He was extremely sensitive being.. With emotions on extremities - both good and bad. But wouldn't we be like that, if we didn't have parents and comfort of other people to learn from?
I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to read some intricate English language, but who has enough patience to suffer though all characters' repetitive sufferings (pun intended).
This book is emotional, but not in a romantic way. It makes You think about creators responsibility against the creation. And most of all, it shows how Your decisions can change Your whole life!
This is NOT the Hollywood version or a horror story, though--so you will be disappointed if you expect that. Frankenstein is the actually the name of the scientist, not the monster.
One of my all time favorite books :)
Now that is not to say that this is a badly written book; no, far from it. It is just that it is what it is.
I do want to be one of those (one among many it would seem) that want to warn those who have not read this work that they will NOT find the story they found in all the wretched and semi wretched movies made from this book and released year after year. I wonder how many of these movies have been made.
No, in this work you have more social issues addressed than in the movies. It is more of a story about people than it is about ‘monsters.” This will disappoint many and for those folks I would suggest sticking to the movies.
This is a good read and one that should be read at some point in ever reader’s life. I am glad that it is now available via Kindle.