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Frankenstein Paperback – Dec 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312044690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312044695
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,316,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mary Shelley is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. Johanna M., ed. Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"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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3.0 out of 5 stars Abandon you creation. Let it provide for itself. Curse it. March 17 2000
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I didn't like the main character at all. He took no responsibility for devoloping the humanity of the being he created. He abandoned and later betrayed it meanwhile cursing the creature for its actions. The daemon, learned and soulful, might have offered much to humanity besides the evil that Victor had condemned it behind its isolation and deformity. By itself, the daemon could not overcome its exterior despite its attempts. Not being accepted by humanity because of its appearance, the daemon teaches us despite how noble intentions may be that people often let appearance get in the way. I wonder whether the daemon would have accepted in a leper colony.
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein By Mary Shelley May 14 2013
By Mary D. Willard - Published on
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Well, this book happens to be a summer read from my Lit Professor, among others(do hope to find them through Amazon)
OK, focus...I have started to read it ahead of time. Well written, I must say...but have yet to get through the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is very interesting literature book. It shows ... March 27 2015
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This book is very interesting literature book. It shows how with a little motivation what people can develop in their minds and put on paper to inveigle the public to read,,,
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars Oct. 22 2014
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It's a great story but it's just so hard to get through.
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - This is NOT the annotated version! Dec 30 2014
By La Maestra - Published on
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Not at ALL what was listed online. Very disappointing.