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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Oct 29, 2010

it was ok
Read from October 29, 2010 to April 06, 2014

I didn't actually finish the book, which is unusual for me. the portrait of privileged life in the 19th century was interesting, but the almost maniacal distrust of science was incredibly off putting.

as at least one other reviewer noted, the monster's only initial crime was being grotesque, which was a direct consequence of Victor doing a crap job of putting him together.

Victor, however, is basically a sci fi deadbeat dad. he creates this incredible life, then abdicates his responsibility for it simply because it's ugly. if Victor had stuck around we could have had a story exploring various facets of our humanity. instead, we get a xenophobic rant about the supposed lack of morality in science.

sadly underwhelmed by this genre "classic".

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