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by Mary Shelley

Review of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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       An excellent read. I honestly had a very skewed outlook on this book before reading it, and was presently surprised after finishing it. I must say this is one of the most poetic books I've read to date (I've read my share of novels). The way the author is able to blend her vast vocubalry into this story is truly remarkable. I recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a quality book, and especially to those of you who have a ignorant idea of the story of Frankenstein. 4.5/5.0.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was reviewd by Jake

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       I hate it, a lot. I was expecting something engaging and was deeply dissapointed. I found it quite boring mainly due to the nature of the language and the character's lamentations on insignificant minutia, which I feel detracted from the plot. If you are studying it for exams then I recomend reading it or listening to the audio book, if you can bear it, as I doubt film versions do it justice.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was reviewd by Anonymous

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       Fantastic book. Great plot. Great read. I cried at the end. That poor monster.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was reviewd by Silas

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       This book was so amazing and memorable that when my husband asked me if I had read Frankenstein I told him I had not, but a few days later I got to thinking about it and realized that I had indeed read Frankenstein and it had only been a month or so ago. So from what I remember about this memorable book, It was ok I think.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was reviewd by Shannon

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       Not to ruin the novel, but I was more than happy when Frankenstein dies at the end. I was bored to complaints with his pity party and would have pushed him off the boat given the chance. The Monster, however, was fascinating. The 50 or so pages where the reader learns of his life were the only good parts in the novel.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was reviewd by Amanda

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       The popular myth of Frankenstein and the original novel are two totally different animals.  In the first place, Frankenstein never gave away the details of how he brought his monster to life.  He certainly never said anything about electicity being a part of it. 

       Reading this book I felt sympathy for a creature completely rejected by humanity based soley on his appearance.  The wretch, later the fiend, was driven to violent acts by the treatment he received from the humans he came in contact with.  They declared him any enemy out of fear, ignorance, and misunderstanding.

       Victor Frankenstein on the other hand made his mistakes and paid dearly for them.  His passionate prosute of scientific achievement and his unwiting denial of his creation's most basic needs, caused him to loose everything and everyone he loved.

       All and all this is a story with many morals.  An extreme favorite of mine and should be read unabridged

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was reviewd by Matt

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Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.

I once read an abridged version of this classic novel as a child (I think I was about eight years old) and I remember being absolutely absorbed by the story of a man so caught up in his own quest for knowledge that he crosses a line and descends into a life of pure horror. Picking up the full, unabridged version more than twenty years later for a reading circle was a little daunting – would I really enjoy it as much? Truth be told – no, I didn’t enjoy it even half as much as I remembered. I found the language flowery and the style stilted, but the story itself is still captivating and I can now appreciate all those nuances that were beyond me at that young age. It wasn’t what I was expecting and I was slightly disappointed, but I did still get some enjoyment from revisiting this gothic portrait of a man consumed by his own madness and the ultimate revenge of his own creation. If you’ve not read it, you really should, if only to be able to say you have, but also because there is something in it that is still relevant today in a world where the pros and cons of genetic research and cloning are debated on an almost-daily basis.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was reviewd by Kell Smurthwaite (On the Shelf Reviews)


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