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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Mar 25, 10

bookshelves: fantasy-sci-fi, fiction-serious-adult-stuff, philosophy-religion, romance, travel, outdoors
Read in March, 2010

Although I concede that Frankenstein is an imaginative creation, I found the book more tedious and tragic than filled with horror. Shelley does a good job of demonstrating the problems with rash judgment and faulty communication. The tale is a cautionary one, demonstrating the consequences of failure to find the core issue in an individual’s problems and behavior. Unfortunately, because of Shelley’s commitment to the style of writing in the Romantic Age, the story plods along with extended monologues of stilted description and explanation.

Additionally, the story is buried beneath two layers of rhetorical artifice that cause Shelley to write from the point of view of a narrator giving an account of what another narrator relayed to him about what happened in the past. Had Shelley written her story as a first hand account in present tense, as if everything were happening at that moment, the story would have been much more powerful, and filled with much more suspense and horror. As it was, due to the writing style, the only suspense I felt was in wondering how long it would take to wade through all the contrived language to the meat of the interesting story.
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