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Frankenstein by [Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453771778
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084BN44Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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"Frankenstein" the book is very different from the impressions of the story I'd gained from movie images. "Baron Von Frankenstein" is not a nobleman, nor a mature or near-elderly man. He's a very bright college student who gets obsessed with the idea of understanding the secret of the life force. There is no castle, no giant lab, no lightning storm. . . just a rented room in a student boarding house. In fact, Shelley's Frankenstein is adamant about sharing nothing about how he creates his monster, lest others share his sad fate.

The "monster" is the true hero of the book -- an ugly creature abandoned by his creator in the moment of his uncanny 'birth.' Although at first animal-like, he gradually grows into the sensibilities of a man, with an instinct to do good. But his sincere efforts to be good, and to win his way into community, are rebuffed at every turn, and these disappointments hurt him to the point of furious revenge.

Victor Frankenstein spends most of the book wallowing in guilt and depression, unable to either see the capacity for virtue in his creation or provide it with the means to have a peaceful existence. The monster, his twisted mirror, is a wretch battling desperately for companionship, love, knowledge, and justice.

This is definitely a novel written in another time. The story is revealed through the letters of an ambitious sea captain who stumbles into the final chapter of the larger story. Everything is related as memory, and there are far too many pages of Frankenstein moaning about his unhappiness. It's not an adventure story or a horror story or an action-adventure. Instead, it's a moral tale played out in fantastical circumstances, leaving the reader to judge who, in the end, is the true monster.
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Everyone has heard of Frankenstein's monster... or at least the Hollywood version, with green skin, boxy head and bolts in his neck.

But the original creature is quite different in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," which starts off rather slow but builds into a tragic, darkly hypnotic tale about tampering in God's domain, and the terrible consequences that come from it. Also: if you create a new creature out of dead body parts, don't disown him or he'll kill your family.

During a trip across the Arctic, a ship picks up a starved, half-frozen man named Victor Frankenstein. As he recovers, Frankenstein tells them his life story -- especially about how he became fascinated with science, and developed a process to reanimate dead tissue. Eventually he constructs a new creature out of dead body parts, and brings him to life.

But while the creature is intelligent and articulate, he's also hideously ugly. Horrified that he's not beautiful, Frankenstein flees... and has a nervous breakdown. Wimp.

But months later, the murder of his little brother brings Victor back to his home, where he figures out that the creature was involved. And to his horror, the creature now wants a mate. But the loathing between them -- caused by Frankenstein's disgust and the creature's increasing bitterness -- leads to even more tragedy...

"Frankenstein" is one of those rare novels that is almost beyond classification -- it's gothic horror, it's sci-fi, it's a tragedy about scientific ambition that goes where it shouldn't go. Mary Shelley was only eighteen years old when she began writing this book, but she interwove religion, science and a fiercely intelligent knowledge of human nature into it.
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Forget ALL the movies ever made about this book. They all say a lot more about the trashy cultural milieu they were made in than they do about the actual point of Mary Shelly's story.
Forget EVERYTHING you already think you know about the story of Frankenstein.
Start over again. Read the book.
There's a message there, and not one single mention of lightning, electrodes, or the stolen bodies and brains of deceased criminals.
Just read it. Your admiration for Mary and Percy Shelly will go through the roof, and your admiration of Hollywood will go in the toilet... where it belongs.
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Everybody knows the story - or do they? I didn't. I revelled in the journey young and optimistic bratt Frankenstein takes to his tormented end. Not only a true horror story, but also a tragic one in the destiny of the creature itself which only seeks beauty and love and is welcomed with dread, fear and anger. Poor us, silly and shallow Humans!!

Shelley is a bit boring at some places, and vivid, full of motion in others. I had to make some effort to start reading the book and got a bit bored in the begining, but the tales picks speed and emotion past the half and towards the end.

Funny thing about it, the men behavior didn't correspond to a nowadays attitude, more rude and short of speak. In the book, all men make verbous statement of love and loyalty and beauty almost all the time (that's the boring parts.) They feel... odd. It does not spoils the atmosphere but it makes for a bit of artificiality. Maybe it is me, Brazillian of twenty century, and not the Englishman (Switzerlander??) from that epoch.

I would read it again, no question. It is a good book and worth reading.
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