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Thursday, November 8, 2007


About the book:
The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship …and horror.

Honestly, I found more empathy for the "creature" than for Victor Frankenstein. Yes, he's truly terrifying, but was he created that way or did he become that way because of his circumstance and situation? Did Frankenstein simply fear him and was that why he regretted creating him? Or did he regret creating him at all?Frankenstein abandons the creature as soon as he's brought to life. As the creature wanders, he teaches himself to read and to speak and learns all about life and it's complexities. He understands that people abhor him, but he wants to be loved and to be able to show love. He tracks down Dr. Frankenstein and asks for a companion. Frankenstein complies at first and then destroys the new creature.

It's an incredibly complex book, but a great psychological study in addition to a novel. It explores the feeling and consequences of abandonment very well. Not for children, but certainly an interesting novel for adults.

I read my personal copy.

Read 11/07

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I read the Mary Shelley book a couple of years ago. It is awesome! So different than I expected since the movies make you have expectations.

    Did you know Mary Shelley wrote this fairly quickly as she was in a competition with friends to see who could write the best scary story? Dracula lost to Frankenstein.