Frankenstein

Frankenstein

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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

At the age of eighteen, Mary Shelley, while staying in the Swiss Alps with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, conceived the tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life. The resulting book, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a dark parable warning against the risks of scientific and creative endeavor, the corrupting influence of technology and progress, and the dangers of knowledge without understanding. Frankenstein was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818 and has long been regarded as a masterpiece of suspense, a classic of nineteenth-century Romanticism and Gothic horror, and the prototype of the science fiction novel. Though it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations, it remains the most powerful story of its kind.

Baker & Taylor
The story of Dr. Frankenstein and the obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.

Baker
& Taylor

The classic story of science and the search for the origins of life follows Dr. Frankenstein and the obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1991
Edition: Bantam reissue
ISBN: 9780553210446
0553210440
9780553212471
0553212478
Characteristics: xxviii, 209 p. ; 18 cm

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watrousj
May 27, 2019

It's a classics! And a classics go it's actually a good one, if a little dated. With advances in science and technology the themes of Frankenstein might be more pertinent now then they were in 1818 when Mary Shelley first wrote it.

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Supra8130
Mar 19, 2019

One of the greatest novels of all-time by the mother of science fiction.

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sonu_n
Feb 26, 2019

One of the very first Science fiction novels I read that focuses on the consequences of action and the responsibility and ethics of scientific research and human values. This book is famous as a Halloween horror read, but it delves deep into the ego of acting god-like and the emotions of an un-dead monster willed into existence by a mortal being. The book questions who the real monster is!

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 21, 2018

One of the original “horror” stories, written by a 19-year-old woman trying to impress her “great writer” husband. While the ideas have a great deal of interest, the writing is dreadfully long-winded and indirect, nearly indecipherable at times.

Young student Victor Frankenstein goes off to college and becomes obsessed with learning to create life. He succeeds, bringing life to a combination of human parts he has stitched together in imitation of a man. The creature disappears. Years later Victor discovers that the creature has gained language and emotions and is bent on murdering the family of the man who brought him to life. The creature asks Victor to make him a wife but Victor refuses. Much murder, anguish, and chasing around follow.

For modern readers, the writing is difficult. Nevertheless, the germ of the story is compelling. A creature is given life and then abandoned by his creator, left on his own to determine how the world works. He is rejected by all humans and then rejected again when he asks for a companion to share his retched life. From that point of view it is a sad story. From Victor Frankenstein’s point of view, he has committed the “ultimate sin” – attempting to take over the powers of “God.” *Frankenstein* has influenced the writing of hundreds of other books from science fiction to anti-science polemics and is an important part of feminist and literary history. It is worth reading on that basis.

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alexy93
Dec 19, 2018

"Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay / to mould me man? Did I solicit thee / From Darkness to promote me?". Are creations accountable for their imperfections?

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Katpartika
Nov 16, 2018

Not good for baby children, queit scary.

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darkaegisagain
Nov 13, 2018

It reads more like romance literature from the drugstore racks, I have to say I am a bit disappointed in the original rendition of this book. The details in the accounts given second hand to the captain are beyond verbose which makes the book unrealistic. It could have been a series of letters written by the hand of Frankenstein not a oral conversation written down in detail that a stenographer would have a tough time at it.

I gave up after 150 pages or so, it's a romance novel just from a different era.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 24, 2018

The novel is quite different (and much better) than any of the Hollywood versions. The core of the story presents many fascinating and still relevant questions around what it means to be truly human, the power of acceptance and love, consciousness, and grief. Many of the characters are simplistic and undeveloped while the prose is flowery and rambling by today's standards which makes it a somewhat difficult read.

IndyPL_ShelbyG Oct 23, 2018

This was my first time reading Frankenstein and I loved it! I thought the writing was easy to follow, even when the characters went on a tangent (which happens multiple times). Her descriptions of the landscape were beautiful. I despised Victor Frankenstein; I thought he was, for lack of a better term, a selfish crybaby. I highly recommend this classic!

LPL_IlkaI Sep 30, 2018

Not just solid classic literature, but also the first science fiction novel and written by a woman! There are common misperceptions that are associated with Frankenstein that mostly come from popular culture and one most prevalent is the Creature is without a voice. When you read Frankenstein, nothing could be further from the truth. His voice is one of the most important in literature out there, quite possibly, and it will touch your heart.

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jbazal
Dec 29, 2010

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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Feb 07, 2018

I ought to be thy Adam

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