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Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus : the 1818 text (original 1818; edition 2008)

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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This new edition of Mary Shelley's classic novel uses the 1818 text, which is a mocking expose of leaders and achievers who leave desolation in their wake, showing mankind its choice - to live co-operatively or to die of selfishness. It is also a black comedy, and harder and wittier than the1831 version with which we are more familiar.Drawing on new research, Marilyn Butler examines the novel in the context of the radical sciences, which were developing among much controversy in the years following the Napoleonic Wars, and shows how Frankenstein's experiment relates to a contemporary debate between the champions of materialistscience and of received religion.… (more)
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Title:Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus : the 1818 text
Authors:Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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When I think about Frankenstein, I think about a castle with a lot of lightning and body parts being cobbled together to create the monster. However, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this was only a small part of the book. Read more ( )
  skrabut | Sep 2, 2020 |
Aviso: esse livro já foi lido, relido, estudado, é uma das bases da literatura gótica e seu valor histórico já foi mais que discutido e validado. A minha intenção nesse texto é relatar a minha experiência com a leitura e não refutar o valor da obra para o mundo literário.

Nas diversas adaptações que vi dessa história, a Criatura é sempre retratada como um ser incapaz de se comunicar, sem o mínimo domínio de oratória e como um mero receptáculo da ingenuidade do mundo. Ao ler e perceber que a Criatura aqui é um ser inteligente, perceptivo e bastante eloquente, tive um grande choque de expectativas e compreendi ainda mais de onde vinha a fama desse livro.

Ao invés de apostar numa violência não intencional ou em simplificar discussões, a autora cria um embate filosófico entre criatura e criador que reflete sobre sociedade, indivíduo e diversas questões estruturais de cultura e família. Falando assim, pode soar como a leitura mais pedante e inacessível já vista. Shelley não faz isso. Essas discussões são feitas através de uma história que qualquer um, do menos ao mais letrado, poderia entender e se comover com ela. No entanto, quanto à experiência de leitura, existe um desequilíbrio de interesse pra mim.

Quando a Criatura toma a frente e narra sua história, a leitura se torna mais fluída, mais cativante e mais emocionante. Quando Victor conta o seu ponto de vista, o detalhismo excessivo em suas descrições coloca um pé no freio no ritmo e no interesse em continuar lendo. O personagem não é construído pra ser alguém pelo qual exercemos empatia ou gostamos, mas isso não significa que as partes em que o vemos contar sua história tenham que ser tão entediantes assim.

Frankenstein é um livro denso. Tão denso que suas poucas páginas possuem mais conteúdo que muitos livros maiores que eu já li. Porém, o ponto de vista excessivamente detalhista do Victor e algumas subtramas que não acrescentam à narrativa impedem esta de ser uma leitura perfeita e imperdível, a meu ver. Acho que se fosse narrado completa ou majoritariamente pela Criatura, esse porém seria resolvido. De qualquer maneira, é um clássico que tem muito a oferecer a qualquer um que dedicar tempo a ele. ( )
  kk3thess | Aug 23, 2020 |
This is the best edition of Shelley's classic and the only edition that should be taught. You'll see this story as you've never known it before. The reference materials are incomparable. ( )
  Pat_D | Aug 16, 2020 |
I had a complete misconception about this book. I would hear people rave about it and I couldn't imagine why. Then I listened to the story, narrated beautifully, on libriVox. What an amazing story, within a story, within a story,,,, I now look forward to reading the book and devouring every beautifully orchestrated sentence. You might now the general premise of the story but until you read it (or listen to it) you won't know the story. Read this!

This would be a great book club read and discussion. ( )
  Jolene.M | Jul 30, 2020 |
I cannot believe it has taken me so long to read this. Nothing like any of the media interpretations. A study of man and maker. The nature of revenge and remorse. If anything it reminded me of Crime and Punishment. Considering it was written almost 200 years ago by someone so young, it is a visionary achievement. ( )
  PhilOnTheHill | Sep 8, 2019 |
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This new edition of Mary Shelley's classic novel uses the 1818 text, which is a mocking expose of leaders and achievers who leave desolation in their wake, showing mankind its choice - to live co-operatively or to die of selfishness. It is also a black comedy, and harder and wittier than the1831 version with which we are more familiar.Drawing on new research, Marilyn Butler examines the novel in the context of the radical sciences, which were developing among much controversy in the years following the Napoleonic Wars, and shows how Frankenstein's experiment relates to a contemporary debate between the champions of materialistscience and of received religion.

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