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Preview — Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Europa, siglo XVIII. Durante el apogeo de la proliferación científica, el capitán de un barco que se encuentra navegando por las aguas del Polo Norte rescata al físico Victor Frankenstein. Al borde de la muerte, el doctor Frankenstein confiesa que se encuentra en plena persecución de lo que ha sido su más macabro y monstruoso experimento y origen de todos sus males. Con su...more
But he had also learned enough of goodness that he knew better than to kill the innocent. Wishing revenge on Frankenstein and those who had tried to cause him harm made sense. Killing a child, framing a young woman, killing Frankenstein's friend and wife -- these were acts of cruelty, and he knew them as such. He wittingly committed atrocities out of pain, something he knew better than to do, something all of us must fight against. I don't condemn him, but I don't lightly forgive him, either.(less) (hide spoiler)]
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 ...more
I finished it.
If you are a fan of classic literature and/or are utterly devoid of a sense of humor this review may not be for you.
Yes, I realize that I'm a moron with zero literary credibility. So, stop reading right now if the sound of an idiot whistling out of their asshole bothers you too terribly. Sure, you can comment below and tell me how stupid I am, but it probably won't make me a better person. Or will it...?
I've always wondered what the real Frankenstein story was like ...more
“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.”
-From the 1994 movie
The worst thing about this novel is how distorted it has become by constant movie adaptations and misinformed ideas about the nature of Frankenstein and his "monster". For years, like many others, I thought Frankenstein was the name of that slightly green dude with the bolts in his neck. Nuh-uh.
Did Frankenstei ...more
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 ...more
I picked up the tragically wonderful Frankenstein for a fifth time this week, and I was totally mesmerised by the descriptive language used to describe the natural world.
In all my previous readings, I focused on all the classic tropes of man and monster though I never considered the importance of the serene beauty that surrounds the story. The natural world dominates the background of the novel. It’s there, like a pervading monster ...more
There’s a lot to ponder re: humanity, isolation, evil, etc. (we don’t need to unpack it all...this is a goodreads review not a high school classroom)
I’m mostly excited that now I ...more
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 ...more
This book rules.
First off, it’s very funny to imagine old-timey 1800s people being scared by this. It’s in the same vein as thinking of that urban legend about the people who watched the first movie screaming when the train ra ...more
One of my bookclubs (Click to check out Reading List Completists) is reading this for September 2018. I figure it was a good time for a reread since it was one of my favorites and it has been over 20 years since I read it.
I did enjoy it again this time and it stands up to the 5 star review and designation of classic. There were a few slow parts - mainly when Dr. Frankenstein would stop the narrative to wax poetical about something - but, not enough t take a way fr ...more
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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 ...more
The writing is beautiful, the audiobook is good but damn the part where the monster tells you his life is boooooring!
Update: The Creature/Monster's section got a bit better but overall the book wasn't to my taste. ...more
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797–1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edi ...more
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797–1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نخستین خوانش: هشتم ماه دسامبر سال 1995میلادی و سپس دومین بار در روز نوزدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2011میلادی
عنوان: فرانکشتاین (پرومته مدرن) ؛ نویسنده: مری شلی؛ مترجم: جعفر مدرس صادقی؛ تهرا ...more
I’m astonished when I think that this work was written and published over 200 years ago. In ...more
It is amazing that such a basic plot, written in literally 1818, can be so compelli ...more
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s story of Frankenstein poses less the spooky and bone-chilling tale that it has received in subsequent permutations, but rather serves more as a warning in regards to scientific exploration.
The novel opens with a set of letters by Captain Robert Walton to his sister back in England. Captain Walton is travelling through the Arctic to further his scientific appetite. The captain and crew notice a large creature travell ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It’s difficult to believe that this gothic fiction story was written in 1818 by Mary Shelley when she was only eighteen Years old and while the writing style is formal and literary the story is so engaging and thought provoking and after a few pages I was to ...more
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 ...more
TO Mr. Frankenstein,
"Oh, Frankenstein! Generous and self-devoted being! What does it avail that I now ask thee to pardon me."
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, sha ...more
Werd ich nun nicht los!”
Goethe’s Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) experiences a deluge of misery when he tries to imitate the magic of his master, and to set the world in motion himself. Starting out with childish and irresponsible experimental joy, he is lost until the sorcerer comes home and uses his superior magic to restore order.
Frankenstein, unfortunately, does not have a superior power to rely on when he sets free a creature of his own immature imag ...more
I thought that I had read this book at some point during my early teens- maybe in junior high? Even so, I couldn’t remember anything about the book and knew that if I ever re-read it, it would be like reading it for the first time. Every year I consider reading Frankenstein for Halloween, but it never seemed to make the cut- until now.
Once I finally settled into reading the book it bec ...more
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