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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 conce ...more
First: Mary Shelley…I love you!!
Second: Dear Hollywood - you lying dung pile of literature-savaging, no talent hacks…you got this all wrong. Please learn to read and get yourself a copy of the source material before you FUBAR it again.
Third: My heart shattered for the “monster” an ...more
“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 other.”
I was walking along earlier today with Jacquie and discussing the important things like, you know... books. And the subject of our top favourite books of all time came up. Oddly enough, two of our top three were the same - Wuthering Heights and Crime and Punishment. Then Jacquie said her third was a book that I hadn't thought ...more
I finished it.
If you are a fan of classic literature and/or are utterly devoid of a sense of humor, stop reading this review right now.
I've always wondered what the real Frankenstein story was like...and 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. Unfortunatel ...more
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 articulat ...more
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Mary was – what? – eighteen years old when she went on this famous holiday to Lake Geneva with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Byron and Byron's physician. She was calling herself ‘Mrs Shelley’, though they had not yet married – Percy was still married to someone else.
The surroundings were familiar. The last time Mary and Percy had come to Switzerland had been during their elopement a couple of years earlier, accompa ...more
The other thing I liked was that standard ploy of gothic novels – the multiple Chinese whisper narration. In this the story is all written in a series of lett ...more
Well, finally I read the original novel after watching infinite film adaptations, variations of the theme and even odd approaches to the topic.
I was sure that I would enjoy a lot the novel but sadly, compelled to write an honest review, I have to say that barely I was able to give it a 3-star rating, that I think it's the fairest rating that I can give to the book.
The original premise is astonishing, the following impact in popular culture is p ...more
A great read! highly recommended!
Stephen King in his Danse Macabre novel mentions this as one of three essential horror classics, he says they are ' The Vampire (Dracula), the Werewolf (Jekyl and Hyde) and the thing with no name (Frankenstein).'
The book is so much better than what the movie has tried to communicate. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who is a brilliant scientist with an obsession tries to play God, by creating a living human being all by himself. But all does not go to plan when the crea ...more
في بدايات القرن التاسع عشر
كانت الكهرباء وقتها اختراعا طازجا
وحدثا يلقي الرهبة في القلوب
لقد كان معظم الناس يتصور أنها تحمل قدرات خارقة
ولذلك لم يكن من الصعب تخيل أنها يمكنها إعادة الحياة إلى الموتى
فقد كانوا يرونها اختراعا شيطانيا يثير غضب الرب
وأثناء جلسة جمعت بين بعض الشعراء والكتاب في قصر الشاعر لورد بايرن
اقترح المضيف أن يؤلف كل واحد منهم قصة رعب مختلفة
ومن هنا جاءت إحدى أشهر قصص الرعب الكلاسيكية على مر العصور
الحكاية عن شاب مخترع يدعى فيكتور فرانكنشتاين
قام بتجميع أجزاء من جثث ...more
It is the opposite with Dracula, where, if you have seen the films, you know the story. Indeed, there is a striking similarity between nearly all the Dracula films, the same story being told over and over again: Harker, bug-eating Renfield, doting Mina, the seduction of Lucy, Dr. V ...more
قالها أخيراً فرانكنشتاين حين أدرك خطأه وأنانيته وسعيه في الحصول على المجد على حساب من يحبهم.. أدرك فرانكنشتاين أن الحياة لم تخلق له وحده..
ثقيل كان الثمن الذي دفعه فرانكنشتاين في سبيل تهوره وأتخاذه القرار الخاطئ في حق الذين يحبهم..
تكمن حكمة هذه الرواية في أمر مهم ألا وهو،، أن أول الناس المتضررين من أعمالك الخاطئة ليسوا الغرباء ولا أعدائك،، بل هم أقرب الناس إليك حتى فعلت فعلتك وأنت بعيد عنهم آلالاف الأميال..
المسخ الذي صنعه فرانكنشتاين يمثل بص ...more
He fixed me with an eye still firm of purpose. "I had long been fascinated by the dark arts of Parody and Homage," he began. "I studied the works of the masters. Juvenal, Swift, Beerbohm, Douglas Adams... I curse the day when I discovered the Grimoire of John Sladek mouldering in an old bookshop. It was then my plan began to take shape..."
He broke off, racked by a fit of coughing. "Sir, you should rest," I said. He snorted co ...more
Frankenstein is the first book written by Mary Shelley (daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, friend of Lord Byron), and her most famous. First published in 1818, she later revised it for its second printing in 1823, adding a preface that cleared up conjecture as to what she was writing about, changing the relationship of Elizabeth to the family (in the original, she is Victor Frankenstein's cousin, in the second she has no blood relation but ...more
First published in 181...more
The book’s beginning was promising: Mary Shelley wrapped up her gothic novel in a very interesting frame, she employed several narrators and different points of view to tell her story. It seemed this was going to be a rather la ...more
Most people have an image of Frankenstein’s Monster as a shambling massive thing with bolts on its neck, going around mumbling GAAHHH GAAAAAH!!! and snapping people’s necks because that is how he ...more
Sabah: "Were you created evil?"
Creature: "No! No one is created evil. Upon my birth I was as innocent as every other child. I wanted only what every child seeks: love, attention, guidance,comfort and protection. It would be easier for myself to accede, absolve myself of all blame but in so doing, so would I be absolving my father and the rest of humanity, who have collectively helped forge the monster I became."
Sabah: "Why would you wish upon another your ...more
Sinceramente creí que no iba a gustarme. Había visto tantas críticas negativas que pensé que iba a ser aburrido e insípido. Pero fue todo lo contrario, me encantó. La culpa de que a muchos no les haya gustado la tuvo la versión cinematográfica (que yo por dicha no vi), en donde al parecer hicieron lo que les dio la gana con la historia, porque el libro es excelente.
La prosa de Shelley es formidable. Es una novela fascinante y muy entretenida, de principi ...more
Oh yes, that's just brilliant...Let's tell the story in a second-hand past tense. That'll get us right into the action! And I love how this second-hand story-teller is able to relate in very fine detail dialogue exchanges between the monster and people he met years ago via a third person account from the dying Dr. Frankenstein. I mean honestly, what were you thinking Mary?! Why remove the reader so far from the story? This is potentially exciting subjec ...more
I was maybe 10 or 11 when I read this, though the various incarnations since have remained relatively true to the source material to keep the basic elements. Here we have one of the very first iterations of both gothic horror and science fiction, which is probably why video stores combined both sections into one (when they really shouldn't have).
The basic story as well all know it is thus: Dr. Frankenstein, which is NOT the name of the monster!, experiments and finds a way to bring life to dead ...more
The first time I picked up Frankenstein, I was in primary school and had no idea of the famous character preparing to waken from it's sleep. To me, it was just a ‘book’ that came in a pretty leather bound cover with a promise of mystery. (Leather bound covers always seem like they have something important to tell you). And it was with such ignorance that I began my journey through Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus’. More than a decade later, this story remains just as riveting....more
Victor Frankenstein is an intelligent and promising young student at the University of Ingolstadt. Victor's obsession and passion for science leads to him creating a living creature. Horrified at himself, Victor shuns the creature and attempts to continue his life w ...more
If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then the study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind. If this rule were always observed; if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquility of his domestic affections, Greece would not have been enslaved; Caesar would have spared his country; America would have been di...more
A) Ugh, Romanticism. Yes, yes. The trees, the mountains, the flowers are beautiful, but I ...more
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