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Frankenstein: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – September 25, 2007
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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.
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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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I loved the different narrations: one from Walton, who set the story up through letters to his sister, one from Frankenstein, who was telling his life story to Walton, and the other from the monster, which Frankenstein officially meets and talks too. It really brought the story all together. I also really enjoyed that it was in first person. You could get a feel for the all the feelings that each of the narrator went through.
A downfall of this book was Victor Frankenstein. For someone highly intelligent, he wasn't the brightest person and he seemed to lack common sense. I understand that he wanted to create a human being, after being influenced by several scientists, but did he not think of the consequences of his actions? I mean, what did he think was going to happen if he did this? He should have told his family as well. They could have been better prepared for this monster when he attacked. Those were just some of the thoughts that really bothered me that I had while reading this book.
This is a classic that I really truly enjoyed because I was able to understand it! The edition that I have has little footnotes, which really helped while reading. The footnotes were meanings of words or explanations of references to plays that Frankenstein would sometimes talk about. I think that really helped me to enjoy the book even more. I wish all classics, like this one, had that.
This original novel takes us right into the head of that "mad" doctor.
What led up to the creation? Why was he so obsessed with the creation? What made him turn on his progeny?
And, we also are let right into the mind of the creature, who, abandoned, makes his own way in the world, rejected, scorned, feared. How does he survive? How does he learn? Who does he love? And what does he do to try and influence the good doctor to make this right?
It's all here.
Mary Shelley was only 18 when she wrote her novel. Her vocabulary and prose are amazing for someone so young.
The story begins in an unusual way - a man writing to an unknown loved one describes his journey leading up to a sighting of the "monster".
We're then transported into the life of the young Dr. Frankenstein, writing his long journal entry about his fateful decision to create life from "nothing". He foreshadows terrible things, of which most of them come true.
We meet Dr. Frankenstein's family - those he loved and grew up with. His father, brothers, and beloved adopted cousin, Elizabeth, whom he later vows to marry.
They all play their parts in this macabre story. All throughout, we think, "Stop it, Dr. Frankenstein. You must be able to find a way to stop this madness." But, events rush headlong just to where the doctor predicts they will.
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Liked the separate perspectives.
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