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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 (and revised in 1831), Mary Shelley produced English Romanticism's finest prose fiction.

ISBN: 9780679409991
Branch Call Number: FICTION Shelley 1818


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Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant but wayward student of science, builds a human from dead flesh. Horrified at what he has done, he abandons his creation. The creature, an outcast for his horrific appearance, learns language and becomes civilized. In time, he attempts to join society but is reject... Read More »

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Apr 20, 2021

I will be straight here; I really enjoy the Romantic movement. Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite Poet and Liszt, and Chopin are my favorite composers. Mary Shelly is no different in the regard that she is one of my favorite authors. Frankenstein is a literary response to the Scientific Revolution and the statement against the progress of man. The Book not only looks for logical evidence to lead the reader to the conclusion technology is bad but also an emotional plea to stop the mechanization of the world. Shelly posits that technology will lead man to seek Godhood and become creators themselves, a logical step to pursue more power. But she posits that in making life, man will corrupt the spirit and create a monster they cannot understand, a monster that seeks to destroy its own creator. Thus, on an ethical and emotional point, we humans must stop our pursuit of power as it is only a losing situation for the world.

Apr 17, 2021

Frankenstein isn’t as simple as you may have thought, unlike the previous notion you may have in your head, this novel is full of layers. The novel begins with Robert Walton, an explorer who is on an expedition to the Arctic. In this mission, he finds Victor Frankenstein. Their odd encounter leads to Robert’s questioning of Victor’s origins… This is where Frankenstein’s story begins. Victor’s story is one with many expected turns, this mainly being due to his attitude towards fate and whether he can control his fate or not. Aside from Victor’s story we also are taken along the monster’s story, we see that he is capable of emotions, and we learn alongside him.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Mar 06, 2021

The book's vocabularly is amazing, unfortunately it is...verbose. That's about the only word you can use to describe it. The characters just prattle on and on without ever saying anything, and the book's internal narrator (Dr. Frankenstein) does the same. In truth, Frankenstein is one of the most tedious books I've ever made myself read.

JCLFlanneryC Mar 01, 2021

This was my first time reading Frankenstein, and although I was aware of the differences between Shelley's story and the green-skinned, bolt-necked monster of science fiction, I was surprised at how sad this book made me. Frankenstein's monster just can't catch a break. Hard not to be moved by his chapter and disturbed by the feckless decisions of his maker, who, IMHO, had it coming.

Feb 20, 2021

Really enjoyed this read,
I loved how it really opened up how society's fault align within one's appearance and status. I found it so frustrating how Victor kept making decisions but would never thinking of the consequences of them and then complain when the consequences occur. My heart broke for Victor's creation and how sad his life was. I believe he would have been a wonderful person if given the right people around him. It also makes me think that when we are born we are born as pure and kind creatures but it is how we are treated and taught which forms the way we act. I have been recommending this book to those who have not read it yet.

Jan 15, 2021

One of the first published works of science fiction, Frankenstein recounts the story of Victor Frankenstein's creation of a creature and its ramifications. The frame narrative (a story within a story) makes even more compelling because it allows the reader to connect with another character who is also hearing the story for the first time.

Jan 06, 2021

This novel is a classic, focusing on the creator/creature relationship between Frankenstein and his monster. Shelley explores the boundaries of science and ethicalities in her gothic novel. The tragic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monster is an enrapturing warning for those who meddle beyond the laws of nature.
recommended age: 12+

Jan 06, 2021

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a gothic, science fiction novel, a classic. I’m sure most are somewhat aware of what the story entails. A mad scientist creates life, but unfortunately is posed with the consequences of acting before thinking. Our main character Victor Frankenstein (not the monster contrary to popular belief) is faced with moral quandary after moral quandary, and we are able to read both from his and the monster’s perspective. Will humanity accept the monster? Will Frankenstein have a happy ending after taking such a deep step into the unknown of sciences? Find out by reading Frankenstein, a classic that all should read once in their lifetime.

Dec 18, 2020

Very thought provoking book, it makes you question what really defines a “monster”. I really like how it makes us sympathize with the creature and how his appearance affects his relationships with the world. It gives a great example of judging a book from it’s cover, the creature looks disgusting and gross on the outside, but on the inside he is smart, kind, and confused. The tragic events that happen to his creator, Victor, could be seen as a punishment my nature for the sin he’s committed, messing with life and death with his creature.

Nov 29, 2020

The modern adaptations of the scary green monster are not always accurate in regards to the creation described in the novel. Frankenstein, by the renowned Mary Shelley, has become a classic displayed every Halloween, most typically as a green, incoherent monster. Instead, the novel follows Doctor Victor Frankenstein, who obsessively seeks to find an answer to transcending death and is able to re-animate a corpse. Horrified by his own creation and the destruction he believes the monster will cause, he flees, haunted by his own invention. The monster is left to fend for himself in this strange society, and gradually learns the ways of humans and is even able to learn the language. When the two meet, atrocities follow.

This story has certainly stood the test of time, even if the plot has been warped along the way. I love this novel because it reveals an important theme of caution over the excessive pursuit of knowledge. The monster is a result of too much ambition, and it ultimately backfires on Dr. Victor Frankenstein and causes him to lose much in his life. Furthermore, the prejudice against the monster is what causes him to ultimately become that, a monster. Although this novel was born out of a scary story-making contest between some of the great writers in the early nineteenth century, these messages are still applicable today.

This novel is great for anyone to read, as there are themes that people of different age groups can relate to. However, I would caution against younger children reading the book, as they may be susceptible to certain fears as a result of the story. Overall, I highly advise people to read this novel at least once in their life.

Age rating: 13+
Star rating: 5 stars

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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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