Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus

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Obsessed with creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life with electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity. Based on the third edition of 1831, this text contains all the revisions Mary Shelley made to her story, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Bysshe Shelley's preface to the first edition. It also includes as appendices a select collation of the texts of 1818 and 1831 together with 'A Fragment' by Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori's 'The Vampyre- A Tale' .
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, c1992
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780141439471
0141439475
Branch Call Number: FIC Shell
Characteristics: 273 p
Additional Contributors: Hindle, Maurice

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eappelbaum
Jul 18, 2018

Everybody should read this book, the first work of science fiction. Frankenstein and the fiend are two sides of the same coin, both deserving pity, both doing evil. The book presages the ills wrought by modern power, including terrible war and the destruction of the environment.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

Nothing but love for the mother of science fiction. In addition to being a gripping story, there's plenty of big questions to ponder over. One of the best of the best.

SPPL_Anna Mar 14, 2018

Victor Frankenstein is the worst and the creature is the best.

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Derringer
Oct 24, 2017

This is the old, familiar tale of Swiss, medical student, Victor Frankenstein who discovers, by trial-and error, the secret of life (which he never reveals to anyone, lest they repeat his mistake).

Upon this amazing discovery Frankenstein then puts together a body, essentially a man, pieced from various corpses.

Frankenstein is a pretty grim tale that has managed to fascinate man, by its dark and fascinating implications, for centuries.

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PinkPrincess212
Jun 21, 2017

*CAUTION* MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: I'll give props to Mary Shelley on writing such a story. Coming from a short story contest amongst men, considering that era, it is quite good. When it comes to my personal opinion though, I thought it was somewhat bland. The overall story was interesting, however there has been a debate as to wether or not we should have compassion on Victor or The Monster. I find it hard to empathize for either of them though, due to the fact that Victor can be neglectful and The Monster kills someone. It's obvious that both of them long for a supportive father figure, however I can't quite see how Victor could provide that for The Monster, when he himself doesn't have one. Overall, I think Mary Shelley did a good job and I could see how people could appreciate and enjoy the story. However, it does not suite my personal taste.

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rpavlacic
May 23, 2017

This book was required reading in my Grade 11 English class, and it absolutely grabbed me then. 200 years after it was written, Frankenstein retains its power to grip the reader. Part horror and part science fiction, it tells the story of a madman, Victor Frankenstein, who robs graves to create a giant human-like being only to watch in horror as the being, starting with good intentions, turns into a murderous monster. He offers a ceasefire to Frankenstein on condition the "doctor" creates a female companion. The inventor agrees but stops midway and destroys her, only resulting in the rampage increasing in violence. The way the story ends, although not with fury, is just as frightening as the carnage was. Mary Shelley was way ahead of her time with the story, although the novel was first published anonymously in 1818 and her true authorship not revealed until nearly five years later. This book should be on everyone's bucket list - compelling, and shocking to be sure, but not as unnerving as some might make it out.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 02, 2017

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is an interesting gothic horror novel. It’s a recount of events that occurred to Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist that pays the consequences of playing god. The novel is great for many reasons, but my main reason is that it doesn’t truly have a villain. Although the monster did kill people, Victor and society isolated him to the point that his frustrations made him kill. You pity the monster rather than demonizing him. As for Victor, you can’t see him as a villain either. He did play god, but he paid the price when he lost everyone that he loved afterwards. You can feel his suffering and understand the reasons for his behaviour. It’s a classic novel and it’s a great read. If you know of the film, then you need to read this novel.
- @reviewsfromthe9 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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SpaceAngel
Jan 23, 2017

The original written 200 years ago.

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Calvacade
Jan 23, 2017

Classic Horror story written my Mary Shelley- though there are claims disputing her authorship- there are indications her husband had a large part in the writing.

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Bang_On
Oct 27, 2016

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (born August 30, 1797) was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel "Frankenstein" (first published in 1818).

Frankenstein, like most Gothic fiction of the period, mixes a visceral and alienating subject matter with speculative and thought-provoking themes.... Rather than focusing on the twists and turns of the plot, however, the novel foregrounds the mental and moral struggles of the protagonist, Victor Frankenstein.

Victor Frankenstein is like a possessed devil. As he rebels against tradition, he creates life, and, with that, he shapes his own destiny. And, in doing so, he must abandon his family to fulfil his life's ambition.

*Author's note* - On February 1, 1851 - Mary Shelley (53 at the time) died from a brain tumour.

(*Watch brief "bio" video*)

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Alanreviews
Jan 27, 2018

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rpavlacic
May 23, 2017

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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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Alanreviews
Feb 07, 2018

I ought to be thy Adam

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