- 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: 2,424 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199 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 alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
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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Well written, enjoyable, perfect for October!
The Frankenstein movies bear little resemblance to the story. The 1818 version is more of a philosophical argument between the creator and the created than a science fiction work, although some critics call it early science fiction.
Frankenstein is Victor Frankenstein; his creation, a vaguely-described monster, remains unnamed, yet he has educated himself learning language and reading such works as "Paradise Lost."
Victor suffers lifelong torment for his deed as did Prometheus for his.
To better understand the book, I (briefly) researched Mary Shelley and her relation with Percy (and with Lord Byron.) Mary Shelley's life is full of happiness and of sadness, full of leisure and of hardship. There is no doubt that Percy influenced her and critiqued her writing, but teenagers writing their first novels are granted to have mentors. The mentor does not take away from the genius of the story; the mentor polishes it, politely.
Mary Shelley got the idea for this story while vacationing in Geneva. She carefully weaves German and Swiss locales into the story which add to the mystique and mystery of Victor Frankenstein and his monster.
If you are an English major, you will read it eventually. If not, read it anyway!
Also, this Norton edition is fantastic. Between having the first edition in print and additional resources and scholarly essays, this book is well worth the purchase.