The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein
The year 2018 will herald the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. The timing seems right for the story of a real monster. German-born immigrant Anton Probst arrived in New York in 1863. Within two hours of his arrival he enlisted in the Union Army. During the American Civil War, Probst bore witness to mankind's brutali...more
American history is interwoven in a compelling, comparative essay to Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, Frankenstein. On what make us leap from rule followers to rule breaker, then violent murd ...more
I was very pleasantly surprised to realize my assumption was wrong, it was a comparison of the nameless monster created by Dr. Frankenstein and an American mass murderer in Philadelphia. Even though the subject matter is quite grisly, the brutal death of a family, the writing is ...more
What the author has done however, is woven a tale comparing this mass murderer to the monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Thoroughly enjoyable AND educational.
The amount of detailed research that clearly went into creating this book is mind boggling.
I particularly enjoyed the author’s additional focus on the dark nature of mob mentality and media sensationalism. “Monsters” in their own ri ...more