- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Harper Press (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780007350964
- ISBN-13: 978-0007350964
- ASIN: 0007350961
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Frankenstein: Collins Classics Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
|Paperback, 1 Apr 2010||
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About the Author
Mary Shelley, originally Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born in August 1797. Mary was born into a family of thinkers and scholars. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, while her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a philosopher and activist. Her other novels include the Last Man (1826) and Lodore (1835). She was also an ardent traveler and has written several travel novels, one of which is Rambles in Germany and Italy (1844)
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I expected a piece of s***e, with crappy printing and pathetic paper quality. Instead, this thing comes with incredible paper quality (rivaling much more expensive brands) and the font, and its size, is incredible - not so small as to be unreadable, not huge either.
Content wise, do not expect this thing to read like a thriller. It was written way back, when even your great great great grandparents were but ideas in the minds of their progenitors. And the movies that have the title 'Frankenstein' in their names do nothing to dispel this notion.
But as a story of a man's obsession and how it became his undoing - it is perfect. The prose itself is bleak - much like the story it tells. I love how the emotions are described and they really do reflect what obsession feels like. Sometimes I wondered who the author was describing - me or Victor Frankenstein.
Truly worthy of its classic status.
PS: Frankenstein is not the monster, he created the monster.
The author has ended the book with narration from the creator and that part is probably the best disquisition on ethics in science and overall morals of men.
It is a classic for a reason.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was first published in 1818, when Shelley was only 18 years old. It is one beautifully written book, with parts that still hold relevance to date.
It tells the tale of Victor Frankenstein, the creator of a wretched monster who rejects his own creation and fails to nurture and take responsibility of his hard work.
It follows the story of his miserable creation who only longs for love and the feeling of belonging but is only judged by his exterior and feels dejected multiple times.
This isn’t a horror story or a tale of revenge. It is a multi-faceted thought provoking story encompassing so many important topics like how creation leads to destruction, love, loss, the very odd man vs nature debate and makes you question the actions and reactions of our doings.
It’s the man who creates the monster, abandons it, aggravates it, fears it and then fails to control it!
I feel so much for the poor monster and without justifying any of his actions, I truly believe that he indeed wasn’t a “wretch” but a mere case of failed responsibility.
It's a solid 4/5 for me and I highly recommend it! It leaves you with so much to think and re-think about!
I bought fingerprint edition of the book.
While ordering i was a little bit apprehensive about the quality of the book, but the quality is great.
The price is also reasonable.
I got it for :-70
The size of the text is also good.
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"Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?"
A young Swiss student discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates a monster who vows revenge on his creator after being rejected from society. It is not long before he regrets his creation and woes himself.
As I was reading Frankenstein, I was behooved. It was very moving and poignant, every sentence seemed to convey powerful images to my mind, and seemed to convey much in a short way. The way Victor Frankenstein spoke and described nature echoed the pantheistic and poetic verse of Wordsworth. It felt like I was reading poetry in prose form. I was especially amazed the way the "fiend" spoke to the doctor. We feel sympathy for the monster, but his crimes make us hate him. He is a tragic here like Macbeth who blames his creator. But I believe Victor was penitent for his sin, and harbored the idea of revenge for the monster. We are a witness to the testings and trials of both. I highly recommend reading this short but powerful work.
It was an awesome book. Thank you Mary Shelley.
Frankenstein is truly a treasure in the science fiction genre..It is a must read for all..The story is written exceptionally well with brilliant use of language and interesting personalization of characters..
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