Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

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At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992.
ISBN: 9780679409991
Branch Call Number: FIC SHELLEY
Characteristics: xxxiii, 231 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Frankenstein
Modern prometheus


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Mary Shelley's first stab at fiction has become one the greatest gothic horror tales of all time.

Perhaps the first horror story ever written, this tale crackles like a lightning bolt, illuminating the chilling ramifications of Man's obsession with playing God.

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Jan 06, 2021

This novel is a classic, focusing on the creator/creature relationship between Frankenstein and his monster. Shelley explores the boundaries of science and ethicalities in her gothic novel. The tragic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monster is an enrapturing warning for those who meddle beyond the laws of nature.
recommended age: 12+

Jan 06, 2021

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a gothic, science fiction novel, a classic. I’m sure most are somewhat aware of what the story entails. A mad scientist creates life, but unfortunately is posed with the consequences of acting before thinking. Our main character Victor Frankenstein (not the monster contrary to popular belief) is faced with moral quandary after moral quandary, and we are able to read both from his and the monster’s perspective. Will humanity accept the monster? Will Frankenstein have a happy ending after taking such a deep step into the unknown of sciences? Find out by reading Frankenstein, a classic that all should read once in their lifetime.

Dec 18, 2020

Very thought provoking book, it makes you question what really defines a “monster”. I really like how it makes us sympathize with the creature and how his appearance affects his relationships with the world. It gives a great example of judging a book from it’s cover, the creature looks disgusting and gross on the outside, but on the inside he is smart, kind, and confused. The tragic events that happen to his creator, Victor, could be seen as a punishment my nature for the sin he’s committed, messing with life and death with his creature.

Nov 29, 2020

The modern adaptations of the scary green monster are not always accurate in regards to the creation described in the novel. Frankenstein, by the renowned Mary Shelley, has become a classic displayed every Halloween, most typically as a green, incoherent monster. Instead, the novel follows Doctor Victor Frankenstein, who obsessively seeks to find an answer to transcending death and is able to re-animate a corpse. Horrified by his own creation and the destruction he believes the monster will cause, he flees, haunted by his own invention. The monster is left to fend for himself in this strange society, and gradually learns the ways of humans and is even able to learn the language. When the two meet, atrocities follow.

This story has certainly stood the test of time, even if the plot has been warped along the way. I love this novel because it reveals an important theme of caution over the excessive pursuit of knowledge. The monster is a result of too much ambition, and it ultimately backfires on Dr. Victor Frankenstein and causes him to lose much in his life. Furthermore, the prejudice against the monster is what causes him to ultimately become that, a monster. Although this novel was born out of a scary story-making contest between some of the great writers in the early nineteenth century, these messages are still applicable today.

This novel is great for anyone to read, as there are themes that people of different age groups can relate to. However, I would caution against younger children reading the book, as they may be susceptible to certain fears as a result of the story. Overall, I highly advise people to read this novel at least once in their life.

Age rating: 13+
Star rating: 5 stars

Nov 19, 2020

This book is absolutely stunning. It is interesting and engaging with underlying moral philosophies, making it both a pleasure to read as well as contemplative and introspective. I would definitely recommend this book.

Just to let you know, the 2004 ebook version is in FRENCH. And it pops up even when you filter for English.

Oct 29, 2020

i didnt expect Victor to be a twink

Oct 22, 2020

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the ultimate Romantic novel. It follows a young man named Victor who becomes fascinated with pushing the boundaries of science and takes his inspiration from occult and arcane sources to transgress again and again. We’ve all heard about Frankenstein’s monster, and the story places great significance in the similarities and differences between Frankenstein the man, and the monster he creates. Shelley deftly handles themes of identity, transgression, morality, society, and the self in Frankenstein. Reading this book is engrossing; its writing and narrative structure pulled me in and I appreciated getting to see more of Victor’s path to dissolution and the ways Shelley compared the monster and the man. I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in a good book-- that’s how versatile and widely appealing it is.

Sep 17, 2020

This book kept me turning every page for a hope at happiness for Victor. I am honestly speechless and at a lost for words. Read the book and you will feel the same way. Absolutely stunning.

Aug 19, 2020

A contemplative monster story. Real heart and soul in the writing.

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Dec 29, 2010

The story of attempting to prolong life and avoid death ultimately leading to disaster with the deaths and murders of friends and family of Victor Frankenstein.


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I ought to be thy Adam


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