Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyFrankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

byMary Shelley

Paperback | February 2, 2015

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Swiss medical student Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of life (which he never reveals, lest someone repeat the mistake). He then puts together a body, essentially a man, from various corpses. He then becomes horrified by the creature he has built, and abandons. The creature, suffering a great deal of neglect and abuse, still manages to get a thorough education, and learns of his lineage. After murdering Victor's younger brother, and framing the family maid, the creature tells his (admittedly) sad tale to his "father," and then demands a mate. Victor, in a panic, agrees, then thinks better of it at the last moment, destroying the new bride. In retaliation, the creature murders all of Victor's loved ones (including his wife), and leads Victor on a merry chase across the world.
Title:FrankensteinFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 2, 2015Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must have/read of a classic Frankie (The Monster) was a cinnamonroll who needed protection to good for this world to pure a great story that was a good length & easy to digest despite the age & whole nature VS nurture tone that is a heavy theme, also the best of the classic monster stories imo
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Not usually a fan of the classics because of the language, but this one is a classic for a reason. One of my favourite novels, Frankenstein leaves you wondering who really is the Monster.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classicallywonderful there is a reason people still read this book and know who Dr.Frankenstein and the monster are. it pulls you in slowly and keeps a grip on you until the very end of the story.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A reckless man's creation seeks its place in the world Great story. I would however, reccomend the original 1818 published edition, as it focuses more on the monster's understanding of the world that he is trying to gain acceptance in.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre I struggled to get through this boring book. Still worth a read because of its' aspects on humanity and replicated life, as well as the symbolism and metaphors were strong and kept things interesting
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth A Read I struggled to get through this boring book. Still worth a read because of its' aspects on humanity and replicated life, as well as the symbolism and metaphors were strong and kept things interesting
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a Fan Very disappointed, the story telling was awful and the characters are pathetic
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed Very disappointed, the story telling was awful
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not enjoy Not a fan of this book and not sure why it's considered a classic as it stole the whole concept from the legend of Prometheus. My high expectations were very disappointed
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Weak Not a fan of this book and not sure why it's considered a classic as it stole the whole concept from the legend of Prometheus. My high expectations were very disappointed
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not For Me As a huge lover of classic novels, I was very disappointed by this one. The characters were either weak, annoying, or both, and the way the story is told creates unneeded confusion. Not a fan at all
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great photos in this classic story
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have classic! This book is a classic everyone should read! Very enticing and not just a thriller!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep yet easy to read! I love this book so much, everything about it is amazing. It was written by a women, the layout of the text is made to look like a creature itself which is genius and you get multiple points of view that allow you to better understand the main characters' struggles.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frankenstein A unique and interesting idea well executed.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Wasn't quite what I expected, but that being said I wasn't disappointed. I've studied it multiple times and discovered something new with each reading. It's very well written, and it's hard not to feel deeply for the creature, which is the best part of Shelley's tale in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frankenstein Much more emotional and thought-provoking than the monster movie notion I’d previously had of it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I've read Frankenstein twice now, and it never fails to amaze me how Mary Shelley was able to create such an incredible story. There's not a single thing about this novel I don't like, and just all the ways she critics the Romantics is amazing. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A classic Great novel. Not just a horror story, also a lesson on human nature and philosophy
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from To be frank This was quite difficult for me to read on it's own. If you can watch a play version that would be better
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great! I read this in grade 10 english and while no one else seemed to really take to it, I was fascinated by the cruel ruthlessness and carelessness of Victor as well as the shocking sense of humanity gone sour in the monster. It was a bit hard to read but that's expected considering the time period it was written in.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great classic story! The story and theme is great. I love the book itself but I will admit that I wasn't too fond of the way it was written and found it a bit hard for me to concentrate on but of course that is more due to the date the story was originally written rather than anything that could be helped. Just throwing that out there for anyone that might not be suspecting such classic ways of writing.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece I was not prepared for that. Great philosophical nvel !
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This book was beyond my expectations. To be honest, I thought that it was just your typical superficial sci-fi but it conveys a much deeper message than I thought.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing a must read for fans of classic literature. the prose is beautiful and the story & characters are thought-provoking.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was required to read it for school and it failed to live up to expectations
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books of all time I loved this book, especially because it wasn't the story I was expecting. This story has been remade so many times over the years, but I have to admit, the original is way better!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I had to read this book for a course and going into it, I was apprehensive. It looked kinda long, boring, and it was not the usual kind of book I would read. THANKFULLY, I was wrong. This story is absolutely amazing! Forget everything you know about how "Frankenstein" is portrayed in our media today. This side humanizes the monster, has beautiful descriptions of nature, and is simultaneously entertaining and chilling. This novel opened the doors to classic literature for me..thank you Mary Shelley! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!! There is not much left to be said about this novel. Needless to say this is a classic for a reason and the countless film adaptations do not do it justice.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Read This is a truly thrilling tale, nothing like the mainstream plots and story lines of today. I had never really known the story of Frankenstein before, but this was really not what I was expecting. Shelley writes in such a beautiful manner it evokes emotions while reading her descriptions and dialogue. The characters and story itself have such great passion it lights you up as well. Riveting novel.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unredeemable If you are required to read this book for school - you will not like it. It seems to speak to a very specific subset of society who see this book as an analogy for the fragility of life and what it is that makes us human. If you are a person who would see that in this novel you would have sought the book out years ago. If you're being forced to read it, it is the worst. Victor Frankenstein has zero redeeming qualities and is the most unlikable hero I've ever read about
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Interesting to read the original version after growing up and hearing such a different version!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourites I adore Frankenstein. It's so thought provoking and enthralling that I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but disturbing This is what happens when you run away from your responsibilities. You create a monster. It's a great classic, and not at all what I expected from what I knew of the story from the movies.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic This book is a classic, and it's still wildly entertaining. I would recommend to anybody looking for a great story!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read! The English in this novel is excellent and quite poetic. Having watched several film versions of this story I decided to give the original novel a chance. I was not disappointed! The films do not do justice to this great novel (as is usually the case with book-to-film formats). There is so much depth of feeling in Shelley's writing! You will sympathize greatly with the creature; especially if you yourself have suffered the stigma of a deformity or feel left out by the "beautiful people". This novel is especially poignant for today: with society's fixation on youth and beauty. I wish this were required reading in every high school!
Date published: 2014-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read A dark well written novel that makes you wonder who the real monster is
Date published: 2014-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Frankenstein Does anyone feel, like I do, that Victor Frankenstein was the monster in this novel? He was the cause of all the destruction but yet thought he was blameless, he sought to lay all blame at the feet of the creature.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literary Gold. . . Alas, I have not had the delightful pleasure to read this novel since my tender youthful days. The sheer beauty for which this novel was written was wasted on my naïve youthfulness. The plot of this novel is forever iconic and will forever remain in our collective culture. The novel is a tale of a man whose life ambition is to abolish dead from society and preserve life. Instead he creates a being which after completion he rejects, only to have terrible and unfortunate events to follow. I’m forever grateful that I’ve reread Frankenstein, for now I consider it one of my favourite books. I implore anyone who hasn’t read this novel, to go and grab a copy. This is literature at its finest, and from such a young author that such a feat is unfathomable. This is truly a treasure to the world and should be cherished for all eternity.
Date published: 2012-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A moving, disturbing, depressing, but also touching tale Much like Bram Stoker's "Dracula", Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is a story we all think we know, but really don't. Very few films have consciously attempted to follow the novel too closely (which shouldn't detract from the excellent James Whale/Boris Karloff film, or its masterpiece-sequel, "The Bride of Frankenstein). Thus, everything popular culture "knows" about "Frankenstein" does not originate from literature, but from films. This is a shame, in a way, because the novel itself is, if not the progenitor, an early vessel of so many archetypes found science fiction and horror. The basic plot remained intact when transferred to other media. Swiss medical student Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of life (which he never reveals, lest someone repeat the mistake). He then puts together a body, essentially a man, from various corpses. He then becomes horrified by the creature he has built, and abandons. The creature, suffering a great deal of neglect and abuse, still manages to get a thorough education, and learns of his lineage. After murdering Victor's younger brother, and framing the family maid, the creature tells his (admittedly) sad tale to his "father", and then demands a mate. Victor, in a panic, agrees, then thinks better of it at the last moment, destroying the new bride. In retaliation, the creature murders all of Victor's loved ones (including his wife), and leads Victor on a merry chase across the world. Most probably know that Mary Shelley wrote this book in response to a challenge issued by Lord Byron, during a vacation at Lake Geneva. (Along with this story came John Polidori's "The Vampyre", the first English vampire novel.) Most probably also know that Shelley went on to write other works of imaginative gothic fiction. Still, her modern reputation rests with this book, understandably. As stated, numerous archetypes (themes, plot lines, characters) are present here. The basic fear of what evil technology may bring along with the good is a central theme, as is the warning against playing God. So is the implicit admonition to be responsible in all things, be it during innovation or being a parent. The creature is, for all intents and purposes, an android-everyone from Gort to C-3PO owe their existence to the Frankenstein monster. And the monster that slays all but one protagonist is a staple of horror, be it traditional monster movies, like "Alien", or more realistic slasher movies like "Halloween". But, as I noted at the beginning of this review, certain of these elements have been lost in most interpretations. The creature is actually intelligent, and well-spoken, quite different from the inarticulate grunts or slow, half-sentences of the movies (again, no disrespect to Karloff). Further, while the films have made lightening a staple of the creatures creation, Shelley never really explains the process (probably knowing that she might interfere with the plausibility of her work). Finally, one of the staples of the films is the explanation for the creatures "evil" nature. Often, the problem lies with the brain used, which almost invariably is a criminal brain, or is damaged before implantation. In the book, the creature is really a child that's horribly neglected, but with the strength and intelligence to strike back: id without superego, and without restraints. Thus, "Frankenstein" will be a new experience for readers who have never experienced it. Unlike "Dracula", there aren't any moments where a reader might look up and suddenly realize how quiet it is in the house, or how dark it's gotten outside. In that regard, "Frankenstein" has not aged particularly well. Throughout, however, it is a moving, disturbing, depressing, but also a touching and beautiful tale. Those qualities have withstood the test of time. While it is not always a rollicking adventure, it is a rewarding read.
Date published: 2009-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Classic while I really enjoyed reading this book from a classical lit perspective, people should be ready that it really isn't anything like how the movies portay Frankenstein's monster. It can be a bit wordy at times and a little drawn out at places. Loved it all the same. ^_^
Date published: 2008-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Frankenstein has all the best. The romance, the action and the inner depth of morality. The story is that of passion and the sorrow the "monster" feels throughout his short life and the power of the human soul. At the worst time the beast wanted nothing more than that of comfort and a companion, to which he was denied. A tale of promise and literature and the power and consequence of knowledge. A must for all who read...
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I did this for grade 11 eng independent study... ...and it was great. The book was recommended to me by by teacher. I thought, since it was of literary value, that it must be boring. But it is very interesting, and you can actually understand it and relate to it. Before buying the book, I read online reviews and was disappointed because lots os people urged others not to read it. I would recommend this books to others, though. My personal background: I like to read a variety of materials, do well in english, and never read classic novels outside of study purposes.
Date published: 2004-10-23

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