FrankensteinMary Shelley


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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Book Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.

Mary Shelley was just 18 when she had a nightmare vision: “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life.”

Despite her lack of writing experience, Shelley converted her dream into what is often referred to as the world’s first horror novel, a timeless tale of science gone bad. Frankenstein follows the story of Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein, who manages to animate a hulking creature referred to as a “monster,” “wretch,” or “fiend.” Shelley’s 1818 classic has become one of the most frequently taught works of fiction, a cultural touchstone for conversations about the dark side of innovation. (Made-up words like Frankenscience andFrankenfood have become shorthand for the products of technological tampering.) More than 200 years after it was published, this novel remains a thought-provoking read that explores timely themes like creators’ responsibilities for the unintended consequences of their inventions.

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FrankensteinI’m a great movie monster fan and have only read this once and I forgot most of it. Just re read it abs thoroughly enjoyed it. Very sad.Score: 5/5

Well worth the readFantastic read.Score: 5/5

True classicA fantastic tale. A moving story. An absolute must read.Score: 5/5

Surprisingly poignantI spent so long hating this book it came as quite a surprise to me that I actually rather enjoyed it. It's a difficult read with the gratuitous use of description, particularly of nature, but the poignancy of the end makes up for it. For all their faults and actions, Shelley makes it difficult not to sympathise with both Creator and Creature in the closing pages of the novel, and to see the terrible waste of life in both that of the victims of their actions and the two 'monsters' themselves. It is easy to see why this novel is regarded as a classic of English literature. Well worth a read, if you can spare the time..Score: 5/5

Forgot my book at school!I forgot my book at school so I had to get it on my iPad and I realised it was free!! And it was the exact same book so I am really happy and the book was ok but it saved my life from getting a bad grade at school!!!.Score: 4/5

Great story!Love this book.Score: 5/5

RubbishThis book was the most boring thing I have read in my entire life.Score: 1/5

FrankensteinThis was the worst book i’ve ever read in my life i do not recommend this.Score: 1/5

FrankensteinThis book is as relevant now as when it was first released. It's message is deeper than I think even the author knew she was writing. A true classic. Throws a light on the dark side of humanity..Score: 5/5

SurprisedThis is only my second 'classic story' and to my surprise I found it very well narrated and not at all the story I expected. Well written and a remarkable tell..Score: 4/5

FrankensteinA really enjoyable read and one i recommend..Score: 5/5

CreepyFabulous book. Not sure that it'll last the test of time though..Score: 5/5

A classic novel with a very modern themeAlthough I feel I know this story well as it has been retold so many times in film and tv drama I had never read the book until now. The tale is told in the form of letters and in this way reminds me of another gothic horror story Dracula. Both stories are often altered in the retelling and so it is quite a surprise to see how the original differs from its many screen incarnations. Both stories are moral tales. Dracula is evil personified but Frankenstein’s creature was not created evil but becomes so through his cruel treatment at the hands of others. For me this is the sadder story of the two as it is filled with so much regret. Frankenstein regrets creating his monster and the horrors it wreaks on his family and friends but the monster is full of regret too; regret that he was ever created to live such a sad and lonely life when all he really wanted was acceptance. Shelley is a most poetic writer and had clearly traveled extensively herself as she paints vivid pictures of many far and distant lands. The over-riding message seems to be don’t try to play God or you will regret it. This seems to reflects Victorian society’s fear of how science may tempt us to lose our humanity and in this way it remains relevant. As Jeff Goldblum’s character Ian Malcolm, in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park says, “You were so busy wondering if you could do it that you didn’t consider whether you should...”.Score: 5/5

Wat was shelley thinking?🖐🍼💦.Score: 1/5

Amazing!Such a great read. Read it everyday to work... Loved it!.Score: 5/5

Awesome bookOmg love it loved it and still loving every moment of it get the book and see what you think.Score: 5/5

For an English classI chose this classic book to read for my English class and this did not disappoint Shelley shows 2 sides to the “monster”, giving him a sense of compassion and making the story even more intriguing than everybody already views it as..Score: 5/5

Good readGreat literature. Amazing it is written by a 19 year old. Mary Shelley’s life and travels are just as enthralling and tragic. Read her biography. The phrase , “countenance “ is used to often. The monsters account is a bit tedious to read about the family. Also the ending in the Arctic was long. A better ending would have obtain 5 stars. Glad I read it..Score: 4/5

Really enjoyedSo different to the film I’m afraid the film doesn’t give it justice. If you haven’t read this I would highly recommend it, and there’s a moral wi could all learn from this thank you for this precious gem of a read..Score: 5/5

FRANKENSTEIN...Well I finaly read it after all these years, and it certainly isn't the story you expect after all the film and tv adaptations we've been given over the last 8 decades. I was surprised how different this story is, but having read it I can understand how it could never be done justice on the screen. A truly great book and and fantasticly written..Score: 3/5

Good storyBut very convoluted language, as of that time. Making it quite a trial to read at times because the author instructs the characters to explain the same thing in different ways many times over. I found I could skip the odd paragraph or two and still have full understanding and comprehension of the text. A great and tense story all the same.Score: 4/5

Well worth the timeA fantastic book made better by it being for free, it's well worth taking the time out to read it.Score: 5/5

Not a good bookOverall I was disappointed with this book. The language in the prose is of it's time but the dialogue is over flowery and has neither realism nor the wit and insight of Shakespearean characters. In fact the only speech that rang true was Frankenstein's attempt to rouse courage in his shipmates. The sentiment of this I like but it's purpose in the novel I think misguided. The comparison between the expected physical torture and the torture of the soul is good but is continual and ends up filling most of the book. Torture is just one of far too many words that are over used. The descriptions of journeys and landscapes are long and not too descriptive not adding much to the tale at all. The book would have been better set solely in a small town or village. This would stop the plot from relying on unbelievable coincidences just to satisfy the allegory. This too is basic and can be summarised by the transformation of the monster from kind and benevolent to sinister ogre. This is achieved by the first murder and his hinted rape, leaving the rest of his labours, and indeed the novel to be unnecessary. The main problem I have though is the characterisation of the monster as a murderer and tormentor which is simplistic at best. In my experience these are jealous passions more suited to man and beast than the so-called monsters who walk this earth. Indeed many creatures blessed with the considerable talents of the "daemon" are gentle and beautiful beings though their skin is yellowed by creation or weariness but not disformity. On the subject of murder it is interesting and apt that even the fiend that Shelley imagines will not slaughter lamb for food. The desire for a mate humanises the monster but his willingness to describe her as hideous and disfigured before even laying eyes on her discredits Shelley's character as he is seemingly endowed with great intelligence and depth. The description of misery, in man and monster, though is superb. It is vivid and varied and invokes emotions that all men have felt but few could succinctly put into words. Overall I give the book 2 stars out of 5 for it's eloquent and evocative depiction of woe, particularly in the monster. I feel it lacks in all other quarters however, particularly realism..Score: 2/5

Good bookIt's a very good book!.Score: 4/5

Read in EnglishGood but confusing book at times- read this in English (I'm in year 9) . We were aloud to use our phones!.Score: 4/5

FrankensteinNo good, unless you spend all day reading books OR you understand words you never use in day to day life this book is confusing, I'm spending most of my time trying to work out what every 4 or 5th actually means - this is not an easy read at all Shame.Score: 1/5

A touching and exciting classical masterpiece‘Frankenstein’ conveys a great range of emotion that makes it very clear why the book is still a hugely popular classic even today. It’s full of action, passion and excitement but also with sorrow and a clear sense of didactic meaning throughout. This book is often accredited as one of the founding books of the gothic genre and it’s very easy to see why. I strongly recommend this incredible and revolutionary tale to just about anyone..Score: 5/5

BrilliantThis book is truly fabulous. Shelley has a unique way of creating characters that one immediately feels for. This is one of the best books I have ever read..Score: 5/5

LolForr freeee amazzingg.Score: 5/5

GreatGreat book! And for free!.Score: 5/5

Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyThis is a great piece of art that serves to check us from pursuing abhorrent ambitions I really enjoyed it although Mary Shelley should have written more on how the monster was created but since it’s not really necessary to the purpose of the story, it can be understood..Score: 4/5

How disappointing!I thought this would be a cracker, but instead it's a dull, plodding, overrated book. The creation of the monster should've been nightmarish, with a touch of meglomania, but instead it's a standard "I've done it!" Scene. The whole book is he said, she said, with little character. Very dissapointing, much preferred the richer movies....Score: 1/5

Very so so.I wanted to read the ‘classics’ and having read The War Of The Worlds and Dracula I was looking forward to this one. Sadly it fell abit flat. The premise is very good, and the writing style is very good, however I found portions of the story dull. It ground to a holt about 1/2 - 2/3 of the story. Hearing the monsters perspective, although interesting really took away from the fear factor..Score: 3/5

Disliked the bookI really disliked the book, i found it extreamly boring and i dont want to read it agin..Score: 1/5

FrankensteinNice to finally read the book after so many film adaptations. Loaded with gothic angst it's less the grisly gothic horror with monsters and mad scientists than an evocation of a harrowing Victorian world, where Victor Frankenstein watches helplessly as one by one his loved ones are snatched cruelly and suddenly by untimely death. Victor and his progeny chase each other across continents both intent on the destruction of their enemy until they ultimately come to an understanding, but all too late. It's a desperate yarn of shattered hopes and the destructiveness of human nature..Score: 3/5

A Journey.Reading this book has been nothing short of a journey, both for myself as the reader and for the characters in the book. Without giving too much away I will say that the ending was actually very sad, and not one that I had expected. In documenting the joys and sorrows faced by the characters in the novel, Shelley touched on a number of themes: Companionship, Love and Loss, Isolation, the meaning of life and the pursuit for happiness. These themes mix with each other to form what has been an enjoyable read. I would highly recommend this book..Score: 5/5

Franky was the creator not the monsterA brilliant brilliant read!! And for free!! A classic!.Score: 5/5

DO read this book!I hate the label 'classic' but this is one book that deserves it! NOT easy reading, hard going to begin with, but well worth it. It builds superbly. No film could ever do it justice. Viktor's descriptions of his experiments are SO chilling...and could never adequately be filmed! You HAVE to give this a go!.Score: 5/5

Review of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"This is one of the Best books I've ever read, next to Stoker, Tolkien, Jack London and Agatha Christie, Ms Shelley wins a spot in my favourites shelf. Those who love reading MUST, it is absolutely imperative that you must read it, I'm only fifteen and I loved it!.Score: 5/5

DisappointingAfter having read snippets of the novel in class throughout my school and college years I finally decided to give this classic a read and have to say it was extremely disappointing. Shelley's use of language has opened up my vocabulary and gained me some literary knowledge that I lacked in previously, but the actual story itself is beyond boring. It's 700 pages of irrelevant descriptions of landscapes, which were not detailed enough that I could build up an accurate image of what was being described and the rest is merely depressed ramblings of a mad man. The monster being portrayed as the villain is very simplistic and unfair, as I believe Viktor to be the true monster in this story. His own self loathing and inability to make a change makes his character unbearable and hard to sympathise with and he consistently fails to take responsibility for his own actions, therefore projecting his own flaws onto his creation. I was proud to have reached the end, but this novel is definitely one I wouldn't re-read in the future as I found it to be lacking in suspense and a majority of the time I found myself falling asleep whilst reading as it was just that dull..Score: 2/5

FrankensteinAn excellent read. So descriptive and well written. Chilling, gothic and at times truly heartbreaking. A true classic..Score: 5/5

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