- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has been showered with praise for over a century. It is a complex look at man's relationship with science and the prices we have to pay to attain knowledge. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Eric R.
I was really surprised by how much I liked this. I figured it being so old it would get bogged down by old school terminology but it actually flowed nicely. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Arum Darquechill
Didn't like the main character, Victor. Seemed like such a dramatist. Further, there were too many parts where the story seemed to go off on a tangent. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Leslie
Considering Shelley was only 19 when she wrote this novel, the story is quite compelling and well crafted. The emotions of Dr. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Susan M. Sanders
A great classic that challenges science and ethics which is one we still face today. Not to mention the desire for people to play God. Great readPublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Another one of those classic novels that has suffered with time. I can see what it was such an amazing hit at the time, but I fear the newer generation won't like it as well.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am always nervous about downloading free copies of classics. Most free versions are quickly transcribed and not proofed before they are offered to the public. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
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