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Gods and Monsters: A Novel Paperback – August 2, 2005
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“A glorious read from an intelligent and talented writer, and worthy of a space in your library.” (Frontiers)
“A touching fictional portrait of old Hollywood and of one of the curious geniuses who made it what it was.” (Alan Cheuse in NPR’s All Things Considered)
“Witty, moving, entertaining, and enlightening… one of the most remarkable and satisfying novels to come along in quite some time.” (Island Lifestyle)
“As compassionate as it is phantasmic… Bram constructs a compelling fictional narrative.” (Independent Weekly)
About the Author
Christopher Bram is the author of eight other novels, including Gods and Monsters (originally titled Father of Frankenstein), which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Bram was a 2001 Guggenheim Fellow and received the 2003 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Frankenstein" is by far the best of the Universal monster movies, and it has a lot to do with the subject of this novel: James Whale. The guy took the unwieldy, even boring, Shelley novel and pulled out the story of a sad monster and the redemption of its creator. He's also the reason why we have "Young Frankenstein" - so there's a lot to love about the guy.
The most intriguing thing about the novel, is the author creating a fictionalized "untold story" of Whale's final days - an act of literary bravado that could easily go wrong, but didn't, and it didn't in a big way. I'll spare you the plot synopsis because if you're reading this, you've already read that, but I will tell you this is a great book in the sense that college classes will make it required reading and the sense of being accessible to the masses.
Don't let anyone fool you: This is not a "movie book" or a "gay book" it's just a book; and a damn good one.
I really dig this particular edition for it's "postscript". It's the kind of stuff DVD extras are made of...an interview with the author, an after word and so on. As someone who invested the time to read the 300+ pages, it was great to hear directly from the author of how he came to tell this story, his thoughts on the movie based upon this book among other things.
Mark my words, soon you will see "Special Editions" of nearly every book you can think of...not just for the insights of the author or analysis of its historical context...but as a marketing tool by which we will end up buying our favorite books all over again. :)
But most of all, Gods and Monsters is about life and death. What gives meaning to life? Can one grow into life by being part of another man's death? Why is death so feared? These questions are all raised and adressed, although the answers are left for the reader to determine.
I have read many gay novels, and this one is a masterpiece. It transcends the genre and approaches the level of the great writers of our time. Well worth reading!
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I loved this book. I felt like I really got to know the characters through their thoughts written on the page. A tragic and heartfelt novel.Published on June 28, 2014 by Jeffrey L. Schill, Jr.
It is rare for a book to be renamed 10 years after first being published but this book is also known as Father of Frankenstein. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Kiwifunlad
I had no intention of reading this book. I felt I had ruined it by seeing the movie so it was shelved for years. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Tanya Willow