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Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 273 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1818)
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Allen Williams I read this book in my senior year of high school and I agree with you 100%. I was quite proud of myself for getting through that book to pass my…moreI read this book in my senior year of high school and I agree with you 100%. I was quite proud of myself for getting through that book to pass my class. Have you seen the movie with Robert Deniro? I thought film critics were way too hard on it. I personally thought it was a very good adaptation and I recommend it. Good luck to you on your schooling. (less)
Dave Morris There are two different versions of the book - the original 1818 edition and the heavily revised edition of 1831. The latter is a more conservative…moreThere are two different versions of the book - the original 1818 edition and the heavily revised edition of 1831. The latter is a more conservative and moralizing take on the story, and for my money lacks the brio of the original. It may be that the editions you've seen with 250+ pages contain both versions. You can get them both free on Gutenberg anyway.(less)
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Hannah
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 conce
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Stephen
My apologies, but this review is going to be a bit frantic due to my brain being so oxygen-starved by the novel’s breath-stealing gorgeousness that I'm feeling a bit light-headed. So please forgive the random thoughts.

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
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Emily May
“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
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Trevor
I don’t really know what I was expecting – though ‘more’ comes to mind. Let’s start with what I liked about this book. I liked the idea that the monster is ‘made’ a monster by the treatment he receives from humanity. He is ugly and humanity does like to punish the ugly - this is a universal truth about us that in itself is also fairly ugly.

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
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Alejandro
Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.

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
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Lou
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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
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Anne
So.
I finished it.

Warning:
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
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mark monday
...and so I was born! A man, and not a man; a life, and an un-life. Hair and lips of lustrous black, skin of parchment yellow, watery eyes of dun-colored white. The stature of a giant. A horror among men! And so my creator fled me, horrified of his creation. And so I fled my place of birth, to seek lessons amongst the human kind. My lonesome lessons learnt: man is a loving and noble creature; learning is pathway to beauty, to kindness, to fellowship. And this I also learnt: to witness what diffe ...more
Bookworm Sean
Let’s have a party Victor. Let’s get together and celebrate all things Gothic, and dark, and wonderful. Let’s have it in an attic in an old house in the middle of a thunderstorm, and then afterwards let’s go to the graveyard with our shovels and our body bags. Sounds good doesn’t it Victor? We could then create our own doppelgängers from the corpses of criminals and geniuses. Then we can abandon our marvellous creation to fend for itself with his childlike innocence, and then wonder why it goes ...more
J.G. Keely
If you have not read the book, then you do not know Frankenstein or his monster. Certainly, there is a creature in our modern mythology which bears that name, but he bears strikingly little resemblance to the original.

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
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Araz Goran
'' إن حياة أولئك الرجال أهم بكثير من أهدافنا الأنانية ''

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
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Manny
"Pray tell me your story," I said, "if it will not weary you overmuch."

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
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Spoilers!
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
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
Like Victor Frankenstein’s creation - it promised to be amazing and it seemed to work perfectly in theory but after being assembled together, it left its creator cold and horrified - this classic novel, after setting up some very interesting premises, left me disappointed.

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
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Brandon Pearce
Mary Shelly wrote this book when she was only 18 years old. She was under the heavy influence of her politically radical, and powerful parents. And she was very much aware of the political movements that had shattered Europe in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The noble efforts of the French Revolution had recently ended with the reign of Terror and left Europe in a conservative backlash that included a crack down on civil liberties. Also keep in mind that the book's full title is "Frankenstein ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Mary W. Shelley explored themes that still resonate today in her proto-science fiction work, Frankenstein. Themes of the relentless drive and search for ultimate (even forbidden) knowledge; intellectual arrogance; the desire to create something enduring; the need for love and recognition; and a study in how bitterness, hatred and rage can destroy a person. What separates men from God? What separates man from monster? Can a so-called monster have the heart (the humanity) and the accompanying need ...more
Jason Koivu
Warning!: Buttload of sarcasm incoming!!!

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
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Aoibhínn
First off, I just want to point out that many people make the mistake of thinking that the creature in the novel is named Frankenstein, but the truth is that Frankenstein is actually the name of the scientist who created the monster.

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
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Bill  Kerwin

It's been fifty years since I had read Frankenstein, and, now—after a recent second reading—I am pleased to see that the adolescent pleasures I remembered so vividly have been revived. Once again I was thrilled by the first glimpse of the immense figure of the monster, driving his sled across the arctic ice, and I marveled at the artful use of narrative frame within frame, each subsequent frame leading us closer the the heart of the novel's creation, until we hear the alienated yet articulate vo
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Amanda
Jul 19, 2013 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Frankenstein story
Recommended to Amanda by: Ruth Provost
While I did not enjoy this book, I am glad that I read it because it is interesting to see how different Frankenstein's monster has become after Hollywood and pop culture reinvented Shelley's creation. If you were to watch the film version of the movie and then read the book, you might be shocked to find that they're supposedly the same story. Despite this, I did not enjoy the book for the following reasons:

A) Ugh, Romanticism. Yes, yes. The trees, the mountains, the flowers are beautiful, but I
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Alex
This and Anna Karenina are as close as I know to perfect. The only thing that holds Frankenstein back is the writing style; at times you're reminded that Shelley was only 18 when she wrote it. The plot and pacing are perfect, and the scenes are terrific - particularly the exquisite first bit of the monster's story - but there are sometimes some minor rough patches in the sentences.

It's a warning, of course, about creating things we don't understand. Everyone knows that. What I'm interested by, t
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Conrad
Easily one of my top five or ten of all time; as rich and ambiguous in its symbolism as anything Melville or James ever wrote.

It's anti-Romantic, presenting Paracelsus and mysticism as destructive forces, but it's also skeptical of the Enlightenment values of Shelly's mother, Mary Wollstonecraft; it's not overfond of what society does to people but terrified that anyone should live without human company; it's both heartbreaking and heartless.

When I finally got around to reading it, what surpris
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Aubrey
4.5/5
If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weakn your affections and to destroy your taste for those simply 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 had not been enslaved; Caesar would have spared his country; America would have been discovered
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label

Essay #36: Frankenstein (1818), by Mary Shelley

The story in a nutshell:
To truly understand why Mary Shelley's 1818 Frankenstein first had the impact that it did, it'
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Christina
first i'd like to say this book should (if it hasn't already) be recorded as an audio book with Jon Lovitz as the narrator using his Saturday Nite Live "thespian" voice. i think i read the entire book with that voice in my head which made me laugh out loud when i read "Begone, vile insect!" ha ha! i am still laughing!

second, i wish i had a dollar for every time the word "wretch" was used.

i'm sort of on the fence with this book. while the storyline kept my interest throughout, i feel i would hav
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Zach
Apr 16, 2010 Zach rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
A pictorial review of things that are not in this book:






(well not in the sense that one would expect, anyway)







Because it isn't a page turner, get it?

Instead, we get pages and pages of Frankenstein explaining why he's sad. And then the monster, in turn, explains to Frankenstein why HE'S sad. Also, sometimes other people (other Frankensteins, Captain Walton, that family that the monster lives next to... everyone in the book, basically) explain why they're sad.

So here's my favorite google image resul
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Emma
Wonders are natural: miracles are supernatural. The whole creation is full of wonders; the Bible contains an account of the miracles that happened in those days......wonders are agreeable to the laws of nature....monsters are violations of the laws of nature

Dracula, Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein....these books are important to me. Within their pages I discovered something; novels are not single entities. For the first time, I began to think seriously about what one novel shared with others, ho
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Michael
Oct 25, 2012 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Michael by: Mary
This truly is a classic tale of social insight, a story of one seeking acceptance and desiring companionship but being rejected and branded a monster. The thing that I liked most about this book is the fact that it’s divided into two accounts, designed to view both sides of the story. The first part of the book ‘Frankenstein’ tells the story of the life of Victor Frankenstein, the creation of Monster Frankenstein and the death of his younger brother William. A servant ‘Justine’ has been put on t ...more
Madeline
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Paul Bryant
Whoh this is so lame I say : avoid. I thought Frankenstein would rock but it really doesn't. I seen a lot of Frankenstein movies and this is nothing like them. There are no vampires like in Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein, there are no lesbians like in Lust for Frankenstein, there are no SKs like in Frankenstein was Jack the Ripper, there is just jawbreaking philosophical like debate, well it would break your jaw in four places if you tried to read this stuff out aloud. I fell asleep five times dur ...more
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Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft ...more
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