The anecdote is legendary Mary Shelley, a teenager at the time, was spending a vacation in Switzerland with her fianc , Percy Shelley, their mutual friend, Lord Byron, and a few other people Was the weather gloomy that summer of 1816 Were the companions bored to death For amusement, one evening, they challenged each other into writing the scariest ghost story they could come up with No one remembers what the fellows wrote on that occasion Everyone has, at least, heard of the creation of the young woman and the misfortunes of Victor Frankenstein.
Since then, and mainly since the invention of cinema a few decades later, what was only meant to be a chilling yet entertaining story, rose to the dimensions of a myth So much so that the original novel itself has been covered up by layer upon layer of external imagery which has very little to do with It s been fifty years since I had read Frankenstein, and, now after a recent second reading I am pleased to know that the pleasures of that first reading have been revived Once again just as it was in my teens I was thrilled by the first glimpse of the immense figure of the monster, driving his sled across the arctic ice, and marveled at the artful use of narrative frames within frame, each subsequent frame leading us closer to the heart of the novel, until we hear the alienated yet articulate voice of the creature himself In addition, I admired the equally artful way the novel moves backward through the same frames until we again reach the arctic landscape which is the scene of the novel s beginningand its end.
This time through, I Loved By Many Decades Of Readers And Praised By Such Eminent Literary Critics As Harold Bloom, Seems Hardly To Need A Recommendation If You Haven T read It Recently, Though, You May Not Remember The Sweeping Force Of The Prose, The Grotesque, Surreal Imagery, And The Multilayered Doppelg Nger Themes Of Mary Shelley S Masterpiece As Fantasy Writer Jane Yolen Writes Of This The Reviewer S Favorite Edition, The Strong Black And Whites Of The Main Text Illustrations Are Dark ↠´ read ð Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Ê And Brooding, With Unremitting Shadows And Stark Contrasts But The Central Conversation With The Monster Who Owes Nothing To The Overused Movie Image But Is Rather The Novel S Charnel House Composite Is Where Barry Moser S Illustrations Show Their Greatest Power The Viewer Can All But Smell The Powerful Stench Of The Monster S Breath As Its Words Spill Out Across The Page Strong Book Making For One Of The World S Strongest And Most Remarkable books Includes An Illuminating Afterword By Joyce Carol Oates So.
I finished it.
Warning If you are a fan of classic literature and or are utterly devoid of a sense of humor this review may not be for you.
Also Yes, I realize that I m a moron with zero literary credibility So, stop reading right now if the sound of an idiot whistling out of their asshole bothers you too terribly Sure, you can comment below and tell me how stupid I am, but it probably won t make me a better person Or will it I ve always wondered what the real Frankenstein story was likeand now I know.
Sadly, sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality.
And the reality is, this book is a big steaming pile of poo.
It s an old timey horror story, right Not so much.
I mean, I wasn t expecting it to actually be scary, but I thought it might be slightly creepy Unfortunately, the only horror in the story centered around me ô Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus ¿ My food is not that of man I do not destroy the lamb and the kid, to glut my appetite acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment My companion will be of the same nature as myself, and will be content with the same fare We shall make our bed of dried leaves the sun will shine on us as on man, and will ripen our food The picture I present to you is peaceful and humanThe Creature s diet is unmistakably vegetarian Vegetarianism becomes a way for the creature to renounce his creator by demonstrating his inclusive ethics Indeed, he includes within his moral code animals as well as man, but learns through his experience with the world that both he and animals are excluded from the moral compass of humanity they are not on the same level I find this entire representation fascinating, that much so I wanted to add to my revi This was awesome I listened to an audiobook on YouTube as it is under the public domain You can find it here It was great The narrator did a great job of building the atmosphere and excitement in the story I always love reading the original stories behind some very iconic pop culture figures Frankenstein is obviously incredibly popular It was great to read and do a little bit of a personal independent study on major nerd here The perfect Halloween read REREAD UPDATE September 2018 One of my bookclubs Click to check out Reading List Completists is reading this for September 2018 I figure it was a good time for a reread since it was one of my favorites and it has been over 20 years since I read it I did enjoy it again this time and it stands up to the 5 star review and designation of classic There were a few slow parts mainly when Dr Frankenstein would stop the narrative to wax poetical about something but, not enough t take a way from my overall enjoyment.
I still recommend this for everyone and be sure to check out my full original review below.
original REVIEW This is definitely one of my favorite books I was required to read in High School Also, it is my favorite of the classic horror novels It is per 9 19 19.
I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the otherFrom the 1994 movieThe worst thing about this novel is how distorted it has become by constant movie adaptations and misinformed ideas about the nature of Frankenstein and his monster For years, like many others, I thought Frankenstein was the name of that slightly green dude with the bolts in his neck Nuh uh.
Did Frankenstein scare me Did it have me staying awake and sleeping with the light on, jumping at every slight creak in the house Was I terrified of the monster and technology and the dangers of playing God No Because the beauty of this story is that it isn t the one so many people think it is Which is almost my favourite thing about it This book is not No stars That s right Zero, zip nada.
It s been almost 30 years since I ve detested a book this much I didn t think anything could be worse then Kafka s The Metamorphosis Seems I m never too old to be wrong This time, I don t have the excuse that I was forced to read this for high school lit class Oh no, this time I read this of my own volition and for fun Yeah, fun Kinda like sticking bamboo shoots between my fingernails type of fun Watching paint dry fun Going to an Air Supply concert fun.
OK, to be fair, I need to tell you what I liked about this.
Well, Mary Shelley was a teen when she wrote this Color me impressed At 19 I was just looking for my next college boyfriend, not penning the great English classic Kudos to Mary for that.
Otherwise, I can t think of anything to admire in this book, apart from the fact that it s the only book in my reading history where I actually