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Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen At once a Gothic thriller a passionate romance and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but upon bringing it to life he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness Tormented by isolation and loneliness the once innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator Frankenstein Frankenstein an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres not only tells a terrifying story but also raises profound disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering and bio terrorism these questions are relevant than ever


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    My apologies but this review is going to be a bit frantic due to my brain being so oxygen starved by the novel’s breath stealing gorgeousness that I'm feeling a bit light headed So please forgive the random thoughtsFirst Mary ShelleyI love youSecond Dear Hollywood you lying dung pile of literature savaging no talent hacksyou 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” and I haven’t felt this strong a desire to “hug it out bitch” since reading Grendel and Crooked Letter Crooked Letter The “wretch” is so well drawn and powerfully portrayed that he form the emotional ligament for the entire story He is among the finest creations the written form has to offer Fourth As surprised as I am to be saying this this novel has ousted Dracula as my all time favorite of the classic horror storiessorry Bram but the goodevil sad desperate loneliness of the orphaned monster trying to find a purpose and to define himself in the world trumps The Count Five No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards like a hurricane in the first enthusiasm of success Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds which I should first break through and pour a torrent of light into our dark world A new species would bless me as its creator and source many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs Pursuing these reflections I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter I might in process of time although I now found it impossible renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption As gorgeous as the prose is I thought it a crime not to include at least one quote Six The “non explanation” for the process that Victor uses to create the monster is thing of genius No other approach could have possibly conveyed the majesty and significance of the achievement because we would have known it was bullshit Shelley did it perfectlywhich leads me nicely intoSeven The corny slapdash lightning scene is entirely a work of Hollywood? There’s NOlightningscene? Are you kidding me? Even Kenneth Branagh’s supposedly “true” adaptation had electric eels providing power to the “it’s alive” process All of it bunk I’ll say it again Hollywood is a bunch of useless tools LIARSEight Speaking of tools Victor Frankenstein is a giant one As far as I am concerned he is clearly the villain of the piece However what I found so squee inducingly magical about Shelly’s writing was my degree of vacillation when it came to Victor’s character I liked and even admired Victor in the beginning of the story and found his personal journey compelling He was a genius driven by his desire to unlock the secrets of the universe and had that manic “mad scientist” focus necessary to the accomplishment of such a lofty goal However once the “birth” of the monster came I found myself waffling back and forth throughout the rest of the story Ironically his moment of success and his reaction to life he had conjured was when he began to lose his humanity in my eyes His treatment of the monster was abhorrent Despite this Shelley was able to get me to see over my disgust and appreciate Frankenstein’s position and understand why he was so unwilling to continence the existence of “the wretch” Not enough for me to forgive his lack of compassion but enough for me to see him as a tragic figure Huge propers for Shelley as that is excellent writing Nine I would place the monster among the finest literary creations of all time This singular manifestation of humanity’s scientific brilliance and callous indifference to the consequences thereof is masterfully done Frankenstein’s “wretch” became the prototype of the literary outcast and every “misunderstood” creature since has been offspring from his loins His character profile is phenomenal and just as Victor’s actions garner sporadic moments of understanding for his cruel treatment of the monster so the monster’s wanton acts of vile cruelty severely test our compassion for him Tested bent and stretched but for me at least never broken I understood his painI understood his angerI understood Ten No spoilers here but the final resolution of the relationship between Victor and the child of his genius wasstellar Everything was reconciled and nothing was resolved The final reckoning occurs and it is both momentous and useless Eleven I expected the prose to be good but having never read Shelley before I was still surprised by how exceptional and ear pleasing it was Her writing really resonated with me and I loved her ability to weave emotion plot momentum and a high literary quotient seamlessly together Good good stuff Twelve The novel is structured as an epistolary nesting doll using the frame story of Captain Walton corresponding with his sister about his expedition to the North Pole While at the top of the world Walton finds Victor Frankenstein stranded This sets up the dovetail into Walton relaying Victor’s story which takes up the bulk of the novel and includes within it the incredibly poignant story of the “monster” in the creature’s own words It is superbly executed and I thought the framing device was very effective Thirteen Despite my trashing of the movie versions earlier there was one scene that I thought was handled far better on screen than in this story Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal of view spoiler the murder of Elizabeth by the monster hide spoiler