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Or the Modern Prometheus
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft (Book - 1992 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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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)
Authors: Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851
Title: Frankenstein
or the modern Prometheus
Publisher: New York :, Knopf :, Distributed by Random House,, 1992
Characteristics: xxix, 231 p. ;,21 cm
ISBN: 0679409998
Branch Call Number: FICTION She
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Report This 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....

Report This Aug 28, 2012
  • 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

Report This 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.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • caiyoung rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great read. I see now why it is still considered a great classic. There were a few parts that were slow but, for the most part, I didn't get bored while reading it. This will most definitely be a classic I will read again and again.

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.

Report This 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!

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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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Report This 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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