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After a childhood of indulging his scientific curiosities, Victor Frankenstein has realised his purpose: to create life from death. But despite succeeding, once he lays eye upon the creature his has created Victor knows he has made a grave mistake. He has created a monster, one which torments his soul and preys upon his family. No-one is safe, and now Victor must travel and destroy his work before anyone else is hurt.
Frankenstein is a novel that explores the nature of playing God and questions the limits of science. Through its melodramatic prose and horrific descriptions, it is a masterwork of the Gothic and Horror genres. The idea of an arrogant young man who believes he can defeat death only to have it go terribly wrong is one that has been used many times since this novel's publication. Victor tries to play God, only to regret his actions and detest his own creation, which in turn causes the Creature to hate him in turn, blaming Victor for his wretched existence. The novel challenges the idea of power between man and God: Victor is the creator thus the Creature believes him to be the cause of his suffering, and the only one able to relieve it, yet the Creature is far superior in strength and ability to survive in the wild. He haunts Victor's every move, striking down those he loves one by one despite all efforts to stop him; the Creature's free will gives him power over his God. The Creature also blames his murderous intent on Victor, insisting that he was inherently virtuous before the misery of rejection caused him to seek vengeance, whereas Victor believes him to be monstrous through and through.Read more ›
There are no castles, lightning storms and the monster is not the unintelligent brute of the films - all creations of Hollywood.
However, I do think the Hammer concept of Frankenstein has been a persistent one because of the strength of the idea.
In the book the monster is quite different in a way in which I didn't like. Not to give any spoilers, but he isn't as sympathetic a character as the one so often chased by pitch fork wielding villagers in the movies.
Still worth a read, if you are curious to see how the legend was first created.
A great beginning in the wastes of the Artic, where Frankenstein tells the tale of how he created his monster (exactly how we aren't told, but there is no grave robbing and bolts of electricity!) and realises what a terrible mistake he has made.
The problem for me was that there were too many holes in the story. Of course it is a fantasy but it just seemed that the author didn't take enough care over the plot. I found that these inconsistencies bugged me too much and spoiled my enjoyment of the book.
For example, the circumstances of the murders. The monster wanted revenge on Frankenstein so it kills a number of his friends and relatives. How did it know who Frankenstein was and how did it find his relatives? Frankenstein goes walking in the glacier fields hundreds of miles away and months and months after creating the monster, and guess who he bumps into? He travels to London with his pal, at one point travelling pretty fast up the Rhine. (Ms Shelley gives us a nice travelogue). Then after a spell in London the pair travel up to Scotland (another nice travelogue), Frankenstein leaves his pal in Perth and travels up to Orkney. The monster is right behind him! How did it follow him? We are told the monster is grotesque and no human could stand the sight of it, so obviously it couldn't have got around by carriage or crossed the seas by boat! And how did it fund its journey?
The most distracting episode was near the end, Frankenstein goes a bit mad in Orkney and jumps in a little boat. He gets blown about by a storm and after spending a day or so at sea he ends up washed up in Ireland.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A truly haunting yet enchanting read.
Beautifully written, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein draws you in from the first page. Read more
I don’t really know what to write as this is such a classic but Shelley’s prose is haunting and beautiful to read. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Ellis
If I never hear the word countenance mentioned again I'll be a happy man. I didn't know this original story so it was enjoyable as it unfolded but as someone who prefers modern... Read morePublished 17 days ago by R. Hook
Kindle sale purchase.
I purchased a load of kindle titles recently and so I cant review the titles themselves yet. Read more
With so many variations on the story it was good to be able to go back to the original.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic....the words just fly off the page....so eloquent.....I can't believe it was written in 1812.....and by a young woman.....a classic indeedPublished 1 month ago by Anthony W. Coatsworth
The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pedro Campos
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