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Frankenstein (Enriched Classics)

by Mary Shelley

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None of the characters had much of a personality except for the monster, which Cait thinks is the point. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
While I completely enjoy Mary Shelley's style of writing, I found the main character, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, to be rather annoying and hard to read about. In my honest opinion he's a pansy who can't "take care of business" (so to speak) and doesn't act responsible in any way, shape, or form. I have far more sympathy for his creature, who was a slave to the environment he had been born unto.
  Melumebelle | Aug 8, 2013 |
Dracula put me in the mood to read another classic horror story. I thought I knew this story from the movie, but it is completely different. Frankenstein creates a hideous monster in a neurotic fit, and then regrets it. The poor monster is abandoned and despised on all sides and takes vengeance on his creator by killing everyone he holds dear. The book has very lofty and philosophical language, not especially horrible. Stick with the movie. ( )
1 vote baobab | Nov 16, 2010 |
When Robert Walton's ship becomes stuck in the Arctic ice, he and his crew spy a dark-clad figure, hunched on a sled and flying away from them over the ice. A short time later, they encounter another such sleigh, only this time, the lone driver is brought aboard the ship, exhausted and close on the heels of death. The crew tends to the mysterious man, and once he's able, he begins to tell Robert of the strange circumstances of his history and what brought him to be trapped on the ice.

The strange man begins with his origins as a young Victor Frankenstein, finding himself entranced by a book by Cornelius Agrippa discoursing his early views and ideas concerning science and natural philosophy -- especially those concerning the elixir of life. He carries this fascination with him to university in Ingolstadt where his studies finally allow him to reach his goal: creating life.

Instead of finding wonder in his new creation, he only sees the hideous face, the overly tall stature, and at once abandons the creature, hoping to leave it and all things concerning it behind. The months pass, and when Frankenstein readies himself to return home to Geneva, he learns of the murder of his younger brother. He intuitively knows who did it. From that moment on, he determines to find some way to rid himself and the world of his creation, even if it takes him to the ends of the Earth.

"Frankenstein" is one of those literary classics that you should have read in high school, but never got around to it. And as an avid reader of horror, I still don't know why I waited all this time to finally read it.

The one thing that struck me about the book is how vastly different it is from James Whale's 1931 film interpretation. In the movie, the creature's tall and green, with bolts protruding from his neck, eyes, half shut, can barely utter anything beyond a grunt or moan. In Mary Shelley's novel, the creature is also tall, but suffers emotionally from how others treat him. He has the ability to learn and teaches himself to read and to speak. He also becomes a very consummate student of humanity and turns what he learns into revenge against his maker.

"Frankenstein" is a novel about a monster, but who exactly is this monster? Is it Frankenstein's creation who is shunned because of his disfigured face and giant stature, who begins to hate only because that is what he has been shown? Or is it Frankenstein himself, who created and abandoned the creature because he found it monstrous? Or is it society itself, and how "civilization" fears that which it doesn't understand? ( )
1 vote ocgreg34 | Nov 1, 2010 |
There are times when this is a great book; and there are times when it's an endless swamp of misery, guilt and anguish. ( )
  Splooshzoom | Oct 20, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0743487583, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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Victor Frankenstein has discovered the secret of generating life from lifeless matter, and has created a monster being by using this terrible power.

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Two editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141439475, 0141024445

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