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Transformation

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  236 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Surely never such had existed before - a misshapen dwarf, with squinting eyes, distorted features, and a body deformed, till it became a horror to behold.

Having squandered his wealth, the feckless Guido returns home to claim the hand of the celestial Juliet, but finds himself censured by her father. Petulant at his chastisement, his Byronic temperament gets the better of h
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Paperback, 83 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Hesperus Press (first published 1831)
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Fernando
Dec 02, 2015 Fernando rated it really liked it
El romanticismo de Mary Shelley es maravilloso. En este cuento confluyen el amor, el orgullo y el titanismo byroniano en un amante dispuesto a todo por lograr el corazón de Juliet. También contiene la temática del doble. Es profundamente agradable leer a Mary Shelley...
Joseph
Mar 22, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it
Mary Shelley is best known for "Frankenstein" and, to a lesser extent, her end-of-days novel "The Last Man". However, apart from a number of other novels, she also wrote several short stories, often with a supernatural or fantastic theme. Three of these are included in this attractive paperback edition published by Hesperus Classics. The title piece - "Transformation" - describes the narrator's Faustian pact with a devilish dwarf, and is rich in Gothic tropes. "The Mortal Immortal" features a ha ...more
Mel
Apr 05, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it
I did wonder why the publishers decided to publish two such short short story collections instead of combing them into one reasonable sized books. I must say I prefered the stories in the Pilgrims, if only for having more women characters. I enjoyed the first two stories which were nice melancohly gothic tales but not so much the third which was more of a standard historical story. The first story as about a man who swapped bodies with a hideous dward, the second about a man who had unwittingly ...more
Maria Pallozzi
Sep 27, 2011 Maria Pallozzi rated it liked it
Tre storie, tre diverse metamorfosi (il titolo italiano credo sia Metamorfosi, almeno il mio ebook così si chiamava).
Non capisco perché la Shelley debba esser ricordata solo per il suo Prometeo moderno- Frankenstein, e che non vengano rese note anche le sue altre opere, è una scrittrice valida, anche se romantica.
:/ Debbo dire che non sono molto capace di apprezzare il romanticismo, davvero, almeno non la parte che cerca con la natura di riallacciarsi all'assoluto, il romanzo gotico mi piace inv
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Wilde Sky
Jun 20, 2011 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
This book contains three stories that vary greatly in standard. The first (and by far and away the best) of the stories is Transformation - this story is worth reading (I would rate this 4 star). The second, The Mortal Immortal, is interesting, but not a real page turner, I would rate this 3 stars. I found the last story, The Evil Eye, to be disappointing, I would only give this 1 star.
Michele
Dec 29, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
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Two fantastic short stories and one that was barely readable. The last story just faltered. Every time I thought we'd finally found a pace and was getting into the story, it would get bogged down in something that seemed irrelevant and ruined the flow. I've read the end three times and still can't discern what ultimately happened. But the first story was astounding and expertly crafted. The second was fantastic. It was the third that missed the mark.

While Mary Shelley's "The Evil Eye" wasn't one
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Aredhel
Dec 06, 2009 Aredhel rated it liked it
Liked these stories. They reminded me of some of the Celtic fairy-tales.
Christine
Jul 04, 2007 Christine rated it really liked it
Beautiful prose, creepy beautiful
Michael
Jan 29, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
This is a good little book: just three stories collected together, but they're all interesting.

The first two are in the Gothic tradition: the title story, Transformation is a story of about the squandering of youth's potential, of decadence and selfishness. A morality tale, but not overbearingly so. The scene of Guido on the desolate shore, meeting with the dwarf cast up from the stormy sea is very effective.

The second story, The Mortal Immortal tells of the growing loneliness and despair felt b
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Evan
Mar 03, 2009 Evan rated it liked it
**spoilers**

I was expecting three first-rate tales to enjoy by candlelight on a cold winter's night. As I read, I remembered that Shelley wrote before the advent of the full-blown Victorian ghost story, with all its atmospheric trappings. These tales are in the mode of Horace Walpole and the "gothic" weirdness of pre-Victorian literature. Think of them as dark Romantic. They aren't Frankenstein, but, if read in the right spirit, they are enjoyable.

They include some wonderful set-pieces, like the
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Kine Torstensen
Apr 22, 2015 Kine Torstensen rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Out of the three short stories Transformation and The Mortal Immortal were the better ones. The Evil Eye was a bit tougher to get through and I'm not sure I understood it completely, although the notes at the end of each story was helpful.
I enjoy Mary Shelley's writing very much. It is gothic, kind of creepy and grotesqe, but it conveys good messages and is quite beautiful as well.
Victoria (victoriashaz)
So this wasn't a bad story. I read it for an essay I'm currently writing. I get that Guido is a normal name but all I could picture were the people from the Jersey Shore but in like 17th century clothing and it was just... It was an experience
Eliza Anastasio
May 18, 2015 Eliza Anastasio rated it liked it
so that last story was way out of left field
Ana Maria Rînceanu
Three different stories, three different reactions. I really liked "Transformation"'s tale of hard earned redemption. The "The Mortal Immortal" held my interest with the narator's search for death to end his mistakenly begotten immortality. "The Evil Eye" left me a little cold, but overall this was a pleasant read. This book has been my introduction to Mary Shelley's writing and I definetly will read more of her.
Donna
Jul 24, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Two great gothic short stories by Mary Shelley (Transformation and The Mortal Immortal) and one just okay one (The Evil Eye).
Alicia
Oct 31, 2013 Alicia rated it really liked it
Good short story by a favorite author to listen to on October 31... thanks Librivox!
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Aug 22, 2009 Brian added it
This book was entertaining if nothing else.
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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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“What is there so fearful as the expectation of evil tidings delayed? ... Misery is a more welcome visitant when she comes in her darkest guise and wraps us in perpetual black, for then the heart no longer sickens with disappointed hope.

- The Evil Eye”
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