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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Dec 14, 2015

it was amazing

A few weeks back I realized I’d never read “Frankenstein.” I was aware of the character, of course. I’d seen it in movies, and maybe even read an illustrated version as a kid. But I’d never actually read Mary Shelley’s words. So I downloaded a copy.

The first thing that struck me was how few of the tropes that are commonly associated with Frankenstein are actually in the book. There is no dreary castle, no hunchback helper, and no screams of “It’s alive!” There isn’t even lightning! (And the wretched beast speaks!)

What is present here, though, is a heavy sense of foreboding. It permeates the book. The writing has more narration than what is typically done in modern novels, but it is still an interesting and compelling read. You feel the scientist’s ever loss, you wish that he would share and somehow lose his burden, but you know from the tone—and from the way we are introduced to his character—that this story will ultimately be a tragedy.

Even after two hundred years, “Frankenstein” is still a classic. I recommend
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