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Frankenstein by [Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft]
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"The select bibliography by M.K. Joseph is of benefit to our students."--Dr. Darlene J. Alberts, Ohio Dominican College "This has proved ideal for my Freshman class...compact, inexpensive, clearly printed with margins big enough to scribble in!"--Hilary Kaplan, University of California and Los Angeles "The best general edition of this classic text in terms of text, notes, and general design."--Barry M. Katz, Stanford University "Indispensable for the study of Shelley's Frankenstein."--Eric Rabkin, University of Michigan "Marilyn Butlers introduction was comprehensive and informative and provided a valuable background for my general intro to lit students. The inclusion of the apprndices was also useful and thought-provoking." --Stephanie Wardrop, Colorado State University

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Mary Shelley (August 30th, 1797-February 1st, 1851) is considered one of the greatest writers of her time. She is best known as the author of the classic gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453771778
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084BN44Q
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As an English Literature student this Kindle adaptation is shocking as it is a shorter version of the original text and leaves out some of the Creatures narrative. The three star rating may show a simple reasoning/sympathy with the Creature as he the doppelganger of Victor on so many levels as Victor is the monster of his creation. However looking over Frankenstein in depth over this year really creates a love for Shelley as her writing overall is sublime even though Frankenstein is the biography of her life both on joys and losses if looking at it from the perspectives of Victor or Elizabeth. If your going to watch a film adaptation watch Kenneth Brannaghs adaptation as it sticks close to the book but it does change some key aspects. Kindle please make sure you have the right text before publishing instead of having an edited version as its rather disappointing when you've studied a text for nine months and download a copy for enjoyment when it's clearly edited. Please sort this issue out
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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.
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The book is a product of its age and the sentiments written are far more thought provoking than the horror films of modern age on Frankenstein's Monster. This is not a horror story but more a heart searching of how a 19th century man reacts using the science of his day and perhaps going too far
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I was interested to read this novel, being so familiar with the story from popular culture. However, it was quite different to the one I was expecting.
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.
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Very wordy story about a man who creates a monstrous looking being -gives life to it and then instantly hates it. Why did he not think about what would happen if he succeeded ? Surely he could have made a nicer looking being? You end up feeling sorry for the monster as everyone is scared of him on sight and he is sad and lonely. He takes revenge on his creator by killing those he loves. The story is very improbable - how come the monster can hear people in a house well enough to learn the language but they never hear him? How does he manage to follow his creator all the way from Switzerland to Scotland? Why does the creator tell no-one and help get the monster caught right in the beginning? Frankenstein (who is the creator not the monster) spends far to long feeling sorry for himself and being miserable. I have no sympathy for him at all.
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I admit that this is a well written story and that the tale is quite involving, even though, as others have said, it is nothing like the films!

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.
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