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Frankenstein [Hardcover]

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley , Arthur Pober Ed.D , Scott McKowen

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Book Description

Nov. 1 2007 Sterling Unabridged Classics
Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking classic—begun as a ghost story for friends—is a potent blend of science fiction and horror that has inspired countless movie and other adaptations. Nothing, however, equals the depth and beauty of Shelley’s original, which emains as relevant as ever. In his arrogance, Dr. Victor Frankenstein dreams of discovering the very secret of life…and he succeeds, bringing a new creature into existence. But should man ever play God—and if he does, what does he owe his creation?

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (Nov. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402743386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402743382
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 16.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars "cursed, cursed creator." Sept. 12 2014
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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 of the time. Toss in a little natural philosophy (sciences) and you have the making of a monster. Or at least a being that after being spurned for looking ugly becomes ugly. So for revenge the creature decides unless Victor makes another (female this time) creature, that Victor will also suffer the loss of friends and relatives. What is victor to do? Bow to the wishes and needs of his creation? Or challenge it to the death? What would you do?

Although the concept of the monster is good, and the conflicts of the story well thought out, Shelly suffers from the writing style of the time. Many people do not finish the book as the language is stilted and verbose for example when was the last time you said, "Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy of death."
Much of the book seems like travel log filler. More time describing the surroundings of Europe than the reason for traveling or just traveling. Many writers use traveling to reflect time passing or the character growing in stature or knowledge. In this story they just travel a lot.

This book is definitely worth plodding through for moviegoers. The record needs to be set strait. First shock is that the creator is named Victor Frankenstein; the creature is just "monster" not Frankenstein. And it is Victor that is backwards which added in him doing the impossible by not knowing any better. The monster is well read in "Sorrows of a Young Werther," "Paradise Lost," and Plutarch's "Lives." The debate (mixed with a few murders) rages on as to whether the monster was doing evil because of his nature or because he was spurned?
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Aug. 21 2014
By CatKitty123 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beautifully written book and just a thrilling tale to evoke your thoughts on life itself.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with purchase July 5 2014
By A - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Brand New as described. Very happy with purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein Classic Nov. 24 2009
By Jay Bechtel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Had this book when I was young and recently saw it as a play. Wanted to add it to my library.

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