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Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus reader Í doc 9780141439471 ☆ dogsalonbristol ☆ [BOOKS] ⚣ Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Obsessed with creating life itself Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for theAll the revisions Mary Shelley made to her story as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Bysshe Shelley's preface to the first edition This revised edition includes as appendices a select collation of the texts of 1818 and 1831 together with 'A Fragment' by Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori's 'The Vampyre A Tale' REREAD UPDATE September 2018One of my bookclubs Click to check out Reading List Completists is reading this for September 2018 I figure it was a good time for a reread since it was one of my favorites and it has been over 20 years since I read it I did enjoy it again this time and it stands up to the 5 star review and designation of classic There were a few slow parts mainly when Dr Frankenstein would stop the narrative to wax poetical about something but not enough t take a way from my overall enjoymentI still recommend this for everyone and be sure to check out my full original review belowORIGINAL REVIEWThis is definitely one of my favorite books I was reuired to read in High School Also it is my favorite of the classic horror novels It is perfectly written suspenseful and is a bit thought provoking than scary One of the best ways I can compare it to other classic horror novels is to Dracula which I read recently Dracula has so much repetitive filler that you do not find in Frankenstein which is the main reason I find Frankenstein to be a enjoyable bookAlso I would say that this is a novel of the human condition than an actual horror novel Some terrifying things happen but it is the monster within all of us that may end up being terrifying Funny side story when I read this in High School it was around the same time that the Kenneth Branaugh adaptation came out at the theaters We were all encouraged to go see it and found it pretty close to the source material What was amusing was that Time Magazine had a review of the movie bashing it as untrue to the source material and how disappointed Shelley would be that the Boris Karlovian depiction of a lurching flattop monster with bolts in its neck was ignored for a serious drama movie WHAT? Time Magazine for goodness sakes published an article that claims to know the content of the book but is completely wrong and does it while bashing a movie that did a pretty good job with it? I mean it it is okay if you prefer the old time movie version of Frankenstein and it is a classic but to make definitive statements that are completely wrong in what is supposed to be a well thought of publication not your typical tabloid supermarket checkout fodder that is just too muchWe need a copy editor over here

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Obsessed with creating life itself Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being which he shocks into life with electricity But his botched creature rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear Mary Shelley's chill My apologies but this review is going to be a bit frantic due to my brain being so oxygen starved by the novel’s breath stealing gorgeousness that I'm feeling a bit light headed So please forgive the random thoughtsFirst Mary ShelleyI love youSecond Dear Hollywood you lying dung pile of literature savaging no talent hacksyou got this all wrong Please learn to read and get yourself a copy of the source material before you FUBAR it again Third My heart shattered for the “monster” and I haven’t felt this strong a desire to “hug it out bitch” since reading Grendel and Crooked Letter Crooked Letter The “wretch” is so well drawn and powerfully portrayed that he form the emotional ligament for the entire story He is among the finest creations the written form has to offer Fourth As surprised as I am to be saying this this novel has ousted Dracula as my all time favorite of the classic horror storiessorry Bram but the goodevil sad desperate loneliness of the orphaned monster trying to find a purpose and to define himself in the world trumps The Count Five No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards like a hurricane in the first enthusiasm of success Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds which I should first break through and pour a torrent of light into our dark world A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs Pursuing these reflections I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter I might in process of time although I now found it impossible renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption As gorgeous as the prose is I thought it a crime not to include at least one uote Six The “non explanation” for the process that Victor uses to create the monster is thing of genius No other approach could have possibly conveyed the majesty and significance of the achievement because we would have known it was bullshit Shelley did it perfectlywhich leads me nicely intoSeven The corny slapdash lightning scene is entirely a work of Hollywood? There’s NOlightningscene? Are you kidding me? Even Kenneth Branagh’s supposedly “true” adaptation had electric eels providing power to the “it’s alive” process All of it bunk I’ll say it again Hollywood is a bunch of useless tools LIARSEight Speaking of tools Victor Frankenstein is a giant one As far as I am concerned he is clearly the villain of the piece However what I found so suee inducingly magical about Shelly’s writing was my degree of vacillation when it came to Victor’s character I liked and even admired Victor in the beginning of the story and found his personal journey compelling He was a genius driven by his desire to unlock the secrets of the universe and had that manic “mad scientist” focus necessary to the accomplishment of such a lofty goal However once the “birth” of the monster came I found myself waffling back and forth throughout the rest of the story Ironically his moment of success and his reaction to life he had conjured was when he began to lose his humanity in my eyes His treatment of the monster was abhorrent Despite this Shelley was able to get me to see over my disgust and appreciate Frankenstein’s position and understand why he was so unwilling to continence the existence of “the wretch” Not enough for me to forgive his lack of compassion but enough for me to see him as a tragic figure Huge propers for Shelley as that is excellent writing Nine I would place the monster among the finest literary creations of all time This singular manifestation of humanity’s scientific brilliance and callous indifference to the conseuences thereof is masterfully done Frankenstein’s “wretch” became the prototype of the literary outcast and every “misunderstood” creature since has been offspring from his loins His character profile is phenomenal and just as Victor’s actions garner sporadic moments of understanding for his cruel treatment of the monster so the monster’s wanton acts of vile cruelty severely test our compassion for him Tested bent and stretched but for me at least never broken I understood his painI understood his angerI understood Ten No spoilers here but the final resolution of the relationship between Victor and the child of his genius wasstellar Everything was reconciled and nothing was resolved The final reckoning occurs and it is both momentous and useless Eleven I expected the prose to be good but having never read Shelley before I was still surprised by how exceptional and ear pleasing it was Her writing really resonated with me and I loved her ability to weave emotion plot momentum and a high literary uotient seamlessly together Good good stuff Twelve The novel is structured as an epistolary nesting doll using the frame story of Captain Walton corresponding with his sister about his expedition to the North Pole While at the top of the world Walton finds Victor Frankenstein stranded This sets up the dovetail into Walton relaying Victor’s story which takes up the bulk of the novel and includes within it the incredibly poignant story of the “monster” in the creature’s own words It is superbly executed and I thought the framing device was very effective Thirteen Despite my trashing of the movie versions earlier there was one scene that I thought was handled far better on screen than in this story Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal of view spoiler the murder of Elizabeth by the monster hide spoiler

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Frankenstein; or The Modern PrometheusIng Gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron's villa on Lake Geneva It would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativityBased on the third edition of 1831 this volume contains No stars That's right Zero zip nadaIt's been almost 30 years since I've detested a book this much I didn't think anything could be worse then Kafka's The Metamorphosis Seems I'm never too old to be wrong This time I don't have the excuse that I was forced to read this for high school lit class Oh no this time I read this of my own volition and for fun Yeah fun Kinda like sticking bamboo shoots between my fingernails type of fun Watching paint dry fun Going to an Air Supply concert funOK to be fair I need to tell you what I liked about thisWell Mary Shelley was a teen when she wrote this Color me impressed At 19 I was just looking for my next college boyfriend not penning the great English classic Kudos to Mary for thatOtherwise I can't think of anything to admire in this book apart from the fact that it's the only book in my reading history where I actually noted EVERY SINGLE PAGE NUMBER and mentally counted down the time I'd be finishedWhy did I persist you may ask? Well at the point where the pain became mind numbing I decided to channel my inner John McCain and just survive the torture Figured it would make me a better stronger reader Might even make me enjoy a re read of Breaking Dawnwell no it wouldn't but you get the idea Frankenstein is a classic alright A classic melodrama Complete with a wimpy vaporish trembling prima donna main character and a pseudo monster whose only sin is being uglier then Bernie Madoff in cell block D After the upteenth tremblejerkgaspfaintstart from our mad scientist Victor Frankenstein I could only sign in relief that he wasn't a Rabbi about to perform a bris circumcism oy veyWere we supposed to be outraged at the monster's killing spree? By the books end I was merely miffed that the creature murdered the wrong Frankenstein sibling He would have saved himself a good deal of traveling and saved me a good deal of suffering had he snuffed out his maker before he could high tail it out of the birthing roomI'm sure that the fans of this book will say that I didn't understand the deeper symbolic nuances of this book and I'm sure that they are right At this point in my life all I know is what I like and don't like in a book and as far as I'm concerned this book is unadulterated mind numbing crap But that's just me Your mileage will vary as I sincerely hope it does As for my own mileage it can best be compared to driving a Ford Pinto in the Indy 500EDITDue to the efforts of a few Kool ade drinking trolls who have gotten their big girlbig boy panties in a wad over an almost 200 year old book and can't comment nicely on my review I am suspending all future commentsDon't like it? Blame the navel grazing trolls for not accepting the concept of a PERSONAL OPINION

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