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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 January 30th 2003 by Penguin Books (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)
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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
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing
“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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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.

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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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Bill  Kerwin

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
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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
Franco  Santos
Feb 15, 2016 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mucho se ha hablado de Frankenstein. Se interpreta como una crítica al desarrollo científico, cuando este sobrepasa el curso natural de las cosas; se interpreta como una crítica a la religión y nuestra relación con Dios; hasta se ha dicho que es una alegoría a los miedos que surgen durante un embarazo. Todas estas lecturas probablemente sean correctas, pero omiten lo más básico. Lo que hace a Frankenstein una obra atiborrada de humanidad, con interpolaciones que abordan la desventura a través de ...more
Fernando
Sep 30, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Frankenstein es y será una de las novelas más representativas del Romanticismo. Contiene muchos elementos: la dualidad Victor/Monstruo, que en cierta manera es una forma de temática del doble, el sufrimiento del que sabe que va a perder (en ambos casos), el titanismo romántico claramente expuesto en la obra, el juego peligroso con la ciencia (El extraño Caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde es otro caso) y la referencia de Prometeo (la novela se subtitula “El moderno Prometeo”), el semidios condenado ...more
Huda Yahya

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
لتزجية الوقت

ومن هنا جاءت إحدى أشهر قصص الرعب الكلاسيكية على مر العصور

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الحكاية عن شاب مخترع يدعى فيكتور فرانكنشتاين
قام بتجميع أجزاء من جثث
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Warwick
I have a favourite Kate Beaton strip framed up in our book room:


(Full-size image here.)

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
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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 ...more
Trevor
Dec 26, 2013 Trevor rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature
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
Jan 07, 2014 Lou rated it it was amazing
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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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Frankie
I read this years ago and Loved it!
Great story and will need to read again soon.

2016 - Listened to the audiobook version and loved it. Poor Monster. Victor is a twat.
Whitney Atkinson
WOW.

One of the most powerful books I have ever read that speaks so much about compassion and humanity. I feel on the verge of tears, it was so moving. This is like Phantom of the Opera times a thousand. And I love POTO.
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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Praveen
Nov 06, 2016 Praveen rated it it was amazing
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TO Mr. Frankenstein,

"Oh, Frankenstein! Generous and self-devoted being! What does it avail that I now ask thee to pardon me."

Dear Frankenstein !
When your monster said these lines in the last, I asked myself also why did you behold the accomplishment of your toil on that dreary night of November !

Yes ! He repented !
..But your creation did not remorse before he had urged his diabolical vengeance to such an extremity.

What a wonderful man you were, Frankenstein !
So ambitious
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Lotte
One of those books you think you know because of its presence in pop culture etc., but you really don't... until you read it. A new favorite of mine for sure!
Councillor
Everyone has probably either watched one of the multiple adaptions of Mary Shelley's novel or at least heard about the monster created by Victor Frankenstein, but if you haven't read the book itself, then you probably don't know the story at all. The premise itself is rather simple; a young scientist called Victor Frankenstein creates a murderous creature from stolen body parts and has to deal with the harrowing results as the monster unleashes terror and revenge upon its creator. This sounds ...more
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)
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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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Apatt
Oct 24, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing
It is almost a pity that the story of Frankenstein is so well known because far too many people neglect to bother reading Mary Shelley’s novel under the assumption that they already know the story. This is a shame because Frankenstein is beautifully written, very dark and scary but also quite poignant.

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
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 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 ...more
Brandon Pearce
Mar 08, 2008 Brandon Pearce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
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 ...more
Kevin Cambronero
Nov 26, 2015 Kevin Cambronero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Por ser mi creador, te juro odio eterno.

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.

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La prosa de Shelley es formidable. Es una novela fascinante y muy entretenida, de principi
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Brad
Oct 21, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
This is my third read of this classic. :) I've been through all the surprises before, like the fundamental differences between hollywood and literature, and I'm sure by now most people know that the creation is a rather smart and passionate cookie.

My deeper ah-ha moment was the revelation that the real monster is Victor, the creator, not so much the creation. He's a dead-beat dad. No matter how you see it, he's an ass. Does anyone blame the creature for being angry, for learning how to read so w
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فرانكنشتاين

بعض الكتب من كثرة الحديث عنها والتعرض لها، تشعر وكأنك قرأتها، هكذا تقع في الخطأ الذي يجعل الكثيرين يتجاهلون قراءة الكلاسيكيات، افتراض معرفة كتاب ما، من دون قراءته، يقع هذا على كتب كثيرة مثل (دراكولا) برام ستوكر، و(رحلات جاليفر) جوناثان سويفت، وبالطبع (فرانكنشتاين) ماري شيلي.

صححت لي هذه القراءة بعض الأفكار والظنون التي كانت لدي حول الكتاب، وخاصة مع المقدمة التي شرحت ظروف كتابة الرواية، وها نحن مع الدكتور المعذب فرانكنشتاين والذي خلق وحشاً مرعباً بيديه، فصار يلاحقه كلعنة، كيف يمكن الت
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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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