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Frankenstein [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Shelley , Walter James Miller , Harold Bloom
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Aug. 7 2000 Signet Classics
Here is the classic novel of supreme horror that has held readers spellbound since its publication in 1816. This new edition will also feature an examination of the films inspired by Shelley's groundbreaking work, plus a fascinating look into genetic engineering and the modern implications of this immortal tale.


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Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image … but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Grade 9 Up-Full-color drawings, photographs, and reproductions with extended captions have been added to the unedited text of Shelley's novel, thus placing the work in the context of the era in which it was written. The artwork faithfully represents the text and makes this edition appealing to reluctant readers. Unfortunately, many of the captions provide tangential information that, although interesting, interrupts the flow of the story. However, readers will quickly learn that it is not necessary to read every caption and appreciate this volume for its many quality illustrations.
Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein Aug. 2 2008
By Pauline
Format:Paperback
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley is a fascinating book. I was prejudiced by the film adaptations of this novel. To start with I had no idea that Frankenstein is actually Victor Frankenstein, the creator of a monster. The monster that was created is not called Frankenstein; it is his creator's name.

The monster is the creation of Victor Frankenstein and the monster is lithe, strong, fast and intelligent; this again differs greatly from any film version of the book.

In reading the book I sympathized with the monster that is spurned by his master and by all who gaze upon his repugnant form. The monster flees from society and lives in a hovel, while secretly observing a family which consists of a blind father, a daughter and a son. In observing the family the monster learns their language and learns about love and acceptance and thus learns about the wretchedness of his own existence; how he longs to be part of the family. He attempts to join the family, but one glance at his hideous frame and the family rejects him with great horror.

The monster then seeks out his maker and is rejected once again and this turns his soul to malevolence and revenge.

Victor Frankenstein loses his brother, friend and wife to the monsters murdering hands and indirectly the monster is responsible for the death of Victor's father and a friend of Victor's family. Victor pursues his creation to the ends of earth to rid mankind of the fiend. The story ends up in the North Pole and the ending is tragic. Victor loses his life in his journey and once his creator is dead the monster decides there is no reason for his own existence.

"Frankenstein" is a fabulous read, a read that has you sympathizing with the monster. His creator rejected him when all he wanted was acceptance.
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By AP
Format:Paperback
'Frankenstein' is just one of those novels that does it for me. It makes me feel dumber than I am, smarter than I am, and more hopeful for what I could be as a writer than most books. The Shelleys (yes, Percy unfortunately takes credit for parts of it) wrote a seminal work for the horror, science fiction, Romantic, and Gothic novels. So much of the dread and melancholy contained in these pages has spread to later books. However, I love this one, particularly for its symbolic attention to the Prometheus story.

The creature in the novel is spectacular. He's terrifying, yet beautiful at the same time. Many expect 'Frankenstein' to follow some mindless ogre as he kills townspeople, but not this creature. He reads Milton, and laments his lack of family--Victor Frankenstein coldly disowns him at "birth." He faces rejection from everyone, even his creator, and decides that overcoming his creator, after having him make a partner, is the only way to go. His status as an outsider reminds me how all of these characters are outsiders, from Frankenstein losing his mother and marrying science, to his own wife being an adopted child (and weirdly, his own adopted sister!). It's a novel that looks at what happens in the realm of Otherness when all the Others are seeking selfhood.

I won't give more away--you should just read it! It's fantastic, and great reading around Halloween, and of course, the month of November.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic to discover Nov. 9 2012
Format:Paperback
What hasn't been said about "Frankenstein"? 200 years after its publication, this book on the relation between the creator and his creature is still part of our culture. The myth that became a legend that became a myth. I loved this book, from the imagery that takes its roots in the Romantic poetry (Mary Shelley was married to Percy Bysshe Shelley, a Romantic poet) to the relation between Frankenstein and his creature, and the relation the reader entertains with the text. This Penguin Classics edition is also great for the annotations and the prefaces, if you want to go beyond the story and understand where Mary Shelley got her inspirations and why and how she wrote it. Plus it's cheap.
More than all though, I loved to read this classic because it shatters everything that has been added to the story of "Frankenstein". Forget Igor, forget the dumb green creature walking laboriously, get ready for a nice ride!

P.S.: If you have a Kindle, you can get this book for free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant to today's science March 8 2007
By Wolfman
Format:Paperback
It's definitely a classic. It maybe takes a few pages to get into because of the language, but this is a great story. How the monster is intelligent and learns was a surprise considering the Frankenstein creature of today's culture. The tale of Doctor Frankenstein's battle with scientific ethics makes this book remain relevent today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than a monster story June 21 2004
Format:Paperback
Shelley's novel is so much more than a story about a monster. The whole mood of her novel is electrifying and startling. The sensation is similar to arriving at the very edge of a mountain precipice, gazing down, and feeling the enormity of life rush over you. This sense of vertigo is one of Shelley's gifts. She has the wild writer's mind and she can deliver the chills. One could argue her shocking sense of life was very similar to the later wildly popular french philosopher Jean Paul Sarte, and the theme of his sudden realization of the horror of existence. Shelley's gothic novel written in the age of romance has elements of both styles. But, it's her wild mind that makes this novel eerie, extraordinary and amazing. (Read intently and thoughtfully for best results.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars "cursed, cursed creator."
The commentary tries to give depth and meaning to this poorly written story.

Victor grew up reading the works of Paracelsus, Agrippa, and Albertus Magnus, the alchemists... Read more
Published on June 27 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein one of the best works ever written
Mary shelley's frankenstein, the famous novel by her, probably her best work despite her turbelous and personal history (she had a child out of wedlock and her relationships didnt... Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by GreatMovieCriticRobertfromUS
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good
A very imaginative story with alot of important themes. Its one of the few decent books I read in high school. Early science fiction is always cool. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein
When I started this book I did not expect to be able to read it without falling asleep in the middle, but when I did begin, I realized I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book was way ahead of its time when written. It is more about prejudice and not liking people because they look different, than a monster story. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by Michael A. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying
This book is scary - in a good way. As set apart from the typical notion of Frankenstein as a green monster with nails sticking out of his head, the true daemon was pale yellow,... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by Joshua M. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic & Classic
A tragic emotional Gothic tale of the classic mad scientist and the unnatural grotesque outcast. I feel contemptuous of Victor and extremely pitious of the monster. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2002 by "alexislounor"
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein, A Novel
Having to read Frankenstein for my Freshman Honors Eng. Class, I thought it would be much more boring than it really is. The writings before the novel are splendid. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2002 by Ben
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