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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  189 ratings  ·  14 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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Mel
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
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
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
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
Liked these stories. They reminded me of some of the Celtic fairy-tales.
Christine
Beautiful prose, creepy beautiful
Michael
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
**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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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
Ana 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
Two great gothic short stories by Mary Shelley (Transformation and The Mortal Immortal) and one just okay one (The Evil Eye).
Alicia
Good short story by a favorite author to listen to on October 31... thanks Librivox!
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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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