- Series: Norton Critical Editions
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2 edition (February 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393927938
- ISBN-13: 978-0393927931
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,401 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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J. Paul Hunter is Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Reluctant Pilgrim: Defoe’s Emblematic Method and Quest for Form in Robinson Crusoe; Occasional Form: Henry Fielding and the Chains of Circumstance; and Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. He is author of the first nine editions of The Norton Introduction to Poetry and the long-time co-editor of The Norton Introduction to Literature and New Worlds of Literature.
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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.
Language was the biggest gphurdle.Read more