Or the Modern Prometheus

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
No-one in the grip of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, with its mythic-minded hero and its highly sympathetic monster who reads Goethe and longs to be at peace with himself, can fail to notice how much more excellent the original is than all the adaptations, imitations and outright plagiarisms which have followed in its ample wake. In her first novel, written at the instigation of Lord Byron and published in 1818, Mary Shelley produced English Romanticism's finest prose fiction. (Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)

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Publisher: New York :, Knopf :, Distributed by Random House,, 1992
ISBN: 0679409998
Branch Call Number: FICTION She
Characteristics: xxix, 231 pages ; 21 cm


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Scientist Victor Frankenstein learns how to create life, but his discovery goes quickly awry when he creates a monster larger and stronger than an ordinary man. As the monster uses its power to destroy everything Victor loves, the young scientist is forced to embark on a treacherous journey to en... Read More »

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Jul 09, 2014
  • guest123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I like how this book includes the author's biography, and gives some background to the story, explanations about the time it was written, and the setting of the book. That helped me to understand the book a little bit more

Jul 09, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reading the text of familiar classics is like returning to an old friend you haven’t seen in ages. You’re astonished at first by the changes (goodness, he looks so OLD). Then the next moment something familiar is said, the sparks fly just like they used to and, in moments, it’s as if you’d never been apart.

The story of a mad creator and his abhorred abomination never palls. The crazed fever of Frankenstein, the palpable, desperate yearning for warmth and companionship of his nameless creation ring as true now as they ever did. Frankenstein’s inexorable spiral into a maelstrom of revenge, despair, loneliness and death are no less haunting than the death-strewn path of destruction of the creature.

Such is the power of Shelley’s writing that there is no clear protagonist, no certain malefactor in this story. The reader finds himself vacillating in his sympathies between the two beings. Is Frankenstein to blame for creating the fiend (as he calls it) or is his unnamed handiwork to be considered a monster, no better than a criminal, for deliberately seeking out and killing Frankenstein’s loved ones? Each had choices he could have made, each could have turned at any moment from the path he took. The fallacy of tampering with nature, the responsibility of creator to creation and the pointlessness of revenge are just some of the themes touched on in this classic story and they are as provocative today as when Mary Shelley first penned this result of a hideous nightmare.

Dec 06, 2013
  • miss_moneypenny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite things about this book is the story behind it. I think it goes that Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron were away at a cabin and decided to see who could write the best scary story. Mary won, and eventually turned her tale in Frankenstein.

This book is great to read, and it's also great to study if you're an English student. Some really great ideas going on about science, technology, reproduction and fatherhood.

Poor monster!

Seriously, why are you posting your summary of the book? You're suppose to say whether you like it or not, not if you'd shoot the characters with a gun.

I liked this book, it was a bit of a scare toward the end though....

Aug 12, 2012
  • thomd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the nesting stories and overall premise; I disliked Victor the whiny villain, I mean wretch. The monster was frustratingly inconsistent; going from moaning to erudition very rapidly. Good horror or drama, not so good science fiction.

The first couple chapters are a bit slow but once you get past them it's great. Also the dialogue doesn't really flow like actual speech. It's kind of funny to imagine people actually trying to talk like that.

Apr 06, 2012
  • AlfredLy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

More suited for a high school research report than a casual read. Nonetheless, a good book to dive into during the weekend!

Nov 02, 2011
  • melissajayne80 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I quite enjoyed it. I think that this book should serve as a cautionary tale about creating something that can get beyond our control and that man's selfishness often creates things that makes us feel as though we are god-like.

Oct 26, 2011
  • Desslok rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very hard read. The cadence and terminology and flow of the writing took some getting used to - it was about 5 chapters before I was comfortable with the style, and even then I couldn't read more than a couple of chapters at a time before my brain started to melt.

Mind you, the book is very, VERY good - and not anything at all like either the '30 James Whale adaption or the Hammer Studios adaption - but people going in for some light reading are in for a disappointment.

Jun 16, 2011
  • mishao rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I did not read this as an assignment, but more to feed my curiosity. I think it's much easier to read than most of the classics, even if it elaborates in its eloquence. It's fun to realize what time has done to the story and the possible misconstructions you have from them. It is quite excessive in scenery, although that could be your cup of tea. But the story is sad and intriguing, it's imaginative and creative, and it highlights the human emotions greatly. I really enjoyed reading it.

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Dec 29, 2010
  • jbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The story of attempting to prolong life and avoid death ultimately leading to disaster with the deaths and murders of friends and family of Victor Frankenstein.


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