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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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May 06, 09

bookshelves: fiction, sf

I think the history of this novel is more interesting than the novel itself. The summer that was no summer, forcing them to storytelling, the shenanigans among them as Byron was hounded by his male and female lovers, the "electrifying" science fiction that was high tech at the time, the structure of the novel buried in layers of letters to make it seem more real, all those are fascinating aspects.

But I don't think the story itself works. I guess we'll never know how much of it was a group project; the monster is actually the hero, until the imposed ending. So much of it actually makes no sense, with all its contradictions, yet it retains a lot of power. In an alternate universe, they all lived, and Mary rewrote it from the monster's point of view, taking a hard look at what humanity really is, and where it's going.
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