Frankenstein

Paperback, 273 pages

English language

Published Dec. 31, 2002 by J.M. Dent & Sons, E.P. Dutton.

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978-0-14-143947-1
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4 stars (255 reviews)

Obsessed with creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life with electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling Gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.

Based on the third edition of 1831, this volume contains all the revisions Mary Shelley made to her story, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Bysshe Shelley's preface to the first edition. This revised edition includes as appendices a select collation of the texts of 1818 and 1831 together with 'A Fragment' by Lord Byron …

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Frankenstein

4 stars

Cette lecture me laisse un sentiment mitigé. Je suis quelque peu déçu. Je n'ai rien à reprocher à l'écriture et à la forme narrative (épistolaire avec des récits imbriqués). Au contraire même. Ce qui concerne la partie « science-fiction » de l'œuvre est assez courte au final, parce qu'une fois le « monstre » créé, l'œuvre devient un récit quasi classique qui pourrait se résumer à la lutte entre un homme et ses propres démons. Pour ce qui est du récit lui-même, j'ai trouvé qu'il se résume aux lamentations du personnage principal, Frankenstein, et secondairement de sa création (le récit de ce dernier est assez succinct). Frankenstein ne se remet jamais vraiment en question et ne fait que se plaindre de son sort. Je m'excuse pour l'usage de ces expressions (sujettes à polémique), mais certains pourraient y voir de la « victimisation » ou de la « course victimaire ».

Review of 'Frankenstein' on 'Storygraph'

2 stars

Mary Shelley really did a commendable job on this book especially considering her age and the society she was placed in. However, this book didn't stant out to me as much as I hoped it would. 

Review of 'Frankenstein' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was an amazing book, and the writing was very poetic. The banter between Frankenstein and his monster was awesome. The book was a little slow at first, but quickly picked up. Also, I the monster was very different than I expected; and I sympathized more with him than his creator (even though his crimes were horrific).

Review of 'Frankenstein' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I read this when I was a teen and found it dull and tough to read. Now though, I'm all growed up and my vocabulary has increased to just over 40 words (including, luckily, countenance) I enjoyed this more second time around.

There are two annoying things though with the book. 1. The lack of science, it was like "oh I think I'll make a person, bish, bash, bosh, tadaaaaaaa!!!!!" and then "I don't really like it". 2. Frankenstein is such a pathetic excuse for a man, so much drama each time somebody dies. Was this written by a girl or something?

In conclusion I enjoyed this, the chase and the constant search for revenge made for a gripping read.

Review of 'Frankenstein' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I think everyone has had some exposure to the general idea of what this book is about. I certainly had, and was not altogether excited by the prospect of reading it. I got a free copy, and decided to dive in anyway. I'm so glad that I did. The story was much deeper than I'd ever thought it was based on the modern re-imaginings that we've probably all seen in various media. The monster was not just some groaning & slow-moving zombie, but rather a thoughtful and tormented being. He not only is able to speak, but can be quite eloquent and persuasive when he is so inclined. Frankenstein himself is similarly not the maniacal mad scientist that he is often portrayed to be.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone. I am very glad to have read it, despite my initial hesitance.

Review of 'Frankenstein' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This truly is a classic tale of social insight, a story of one seeking acceptance and desiring companionship but being rejected and branded a monster. The thing that I liked most about this book is the fact that it’s divided into two accounts, designed to view both sides of the story. The first part of the book ‘Frankenstein’ tells the story of the life of Victor Frankenstein, the creation of Monster Frankenstein and the death of his younger brother William. A servant ‘Justine’ has been put on trial for this murder, but Victor knows the identity of the true killer. Monster Frankenstein and Victor finally meet up and despite his desire to kill his creation, Victor is forced to listen to the monster’s story, after being threatened.

‘The Modern Prometheus’ tells the story of the Monster Frankenstein, confused and unsure from the very first day of life, found himself hiding …

Review of 'Frankenstein' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

OK forget all the movies you've seen on Frankenstein. Even the ones that say that they're closer to the actual story. The book is so very different from any of the stories. A truly fine example of early science fiction. It has its problems due to the differing aesthetics in Ms. Shelley's time and ours, but still worth a read.

Review of 'Frankenstein' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This really is the first time I've picked up the original Frankenstein, and it was not at all what I'd expected, not one bit. Years ago, I'd seen a couple movies based on this classic, but neither version had much resemblance to Mary Shelley's original story. One of the most vivid scenes I can remember seeing in the movies was of Frankenstein's monster being chased by a band of villagers with torches, out to destroy this deformed creature, but nothing of the sort ever happens in the book.

Mary Shelley's story is the tragedy of a life brought into existence without any regard for that life; Frankenstein's monster does not even possess a name, much less the compassion of any other being on earth.

This novel actually begins aboard a ship, with the lonely Captain Walton writing letters to his sister, lamenting his extreme lonliness and lack of friends aboard …

Review of 'Frankenstein' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Frankenstein is, in my mind, the quintessential horror novel. Since it's incarnation as a casual, late-night, spooky story competition, this terrifying story has captivated readers for almost two centuries. With an eye for exquisite detail, Shelley paints the picture of the hunted monster, persecuted and scorned by humanity on account of his ugly form and rage-accompanied actions. Frankenstein's Monster is the epitome of the tortured soul and Shelley takes special care to painstakingly account his troubled misadventures. A work of the finest art, this stunning novel has taken its place firmly amongst the classics.

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