FrankensteinMary Shelley

Frankenstein

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Book Summary

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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.

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) Book Reviews

FrankensteinMuch more intriguing than the movies made. This tale and its thought provoking narrative are truly the seeds of reflection for each person..Score: 5/5

Words!Too long. Too many. I understand it was written a long time ago, but seriously? When I started reading the 1st letter, I read the entire thing 4 TIMES and couldn’t help skipping words. It’s not eye-catching. Wizard of OZ? Understandable. Harry Potter? Easy. Frankenstein is hard to read. Why is it in ‘young adults’? I can read most young adults books. NOT THIS. Sorry if I insulted anybody. It just not eye catching..Score: 3/5

The Frankenstein Novel is a Work of ArtI have seen the Frankenstein Movie (1932) several times but this is the first time that I’ve read the book. Other than the name, the movie has very little of the book in it. I greatly enjoyed the book, as it was a cautionary tale warning us that unbridled scientific advances can be dangerous to mankind such as Nuclear Weapons. In addition, it was a very interesting travel log describing the beauty of parts of Switzerland, Germany and Scotland. I highly recommend this book as it far superior to Hollywood’s treatment of Frankenstein..Score: 5/5

Absolutely ObsessedI've read this book more times than i can count and am always going back and reading individual chapters to highlight and note things. this is a brilliant book, if your english class doesn't do it justice then its a shame!.Score: 5/5

Someone said they didn’t like it, but gave it a 4/5?I didn’t really read that much of it, but from what I did read, it was interesting. Will probably revisit..Score: 3/5

Very movingVery touching and poignant towards the end. Well-written and imaginative..Score: 5/5

Completely captivatingBrilliantly written I’m on page 27 and already glued to this book..Score: 5/5

I dont even read but i love this bookVery good. grabs you in makes you want to keep reading.Score: 5/5

Underrated ClassicWhy I don’t see this book on must-read lists is beyond me. Well-written and compelling from beginning to the end. Not as much about a monster as it is about the human condition..Score: 5/5

Absolutely Phenomenal!This book is the bomb! Why do i say that? It has outstanding plot twists had me in shock. And to believe it was written in the 19th century is also something brilliant. The literature is out standing and the characters as well! I need to learn how to write...Score: 5/5

FrankensteinIt is Frankenstein’s monster you idiots.Score: 5/5

MasterpieceLoved this. I reread your it often.Score: 5/5

Hi5000th review what’s up.Score: 5/5

A Classic and a Good ReadGood story, but a little slow at times. Or course you can’t expect everything to be action packed all the time. I always appreciate a story about the descent into madness and this one definitely has just that. I also love an old book by a woman, I wish there were more. Worth the read, especially with the zero price tag on Apple Books..Score: 5/5

Nail-Biting ExcellenceIf you like horror, come read this masterpiece and pay respects to a phenomenal female horror author. Mary Shelley winds plot into climax so well you’ll be biting your nails—even with foreshadowing..Score: 5/5

Good idea, poorly executedI am a high schooler who does like literature - I'm in the middle of Little Dorrit and Crime & Punishment - but I don't recommend. The first half of the book is just Victor Frankenstein's weird life story and some guy trying to find the North Pole. The characters are flat and the relationships are one-dimensional. Victor Frankenstein and his monster are conceited and self-piteous. The characters make many unrealistic decisions. I do love the idea of a man relating to his creation and whether the monster is human or not, but these aren't really touched on beyond a "woe is me". Also, there are a lot of really boring descriptions of Victor's depression and guilt and the Swiss countryside. To be fair, Mary Shelly was 19 when she wrote it, I believe. If you have to read a "literature" book for school, see if you can get The Poisonwood Bible, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, or Great Expectations..Score: 2/5

Can’t read itI downloaded this book and now I cannot access it to read it. I have tried everything. Very frustrating. Same with the Complete Works of Shelley..Score: 1/5

Amazing classicHad I known what a remarkable story this was I would have read it years ago! Amazing! A great literary work..Score: 5/5

ClassicThis classic work is a treasure..Score: 5/5

AmazingI never got the chance to read this book in grade school because I went to a poor school. But now that I have had time to actually read it, I see why it’s consider one of the greatest stories told. Why it was the creator of monsters and the sci-fi genre. Mary Shelley is such a good wittier, that at sometimes rooting for one person is not easy when you see the difference of perspective..Score: 5/5

Unbelievable read...First time to read this classic. I cannot fathom her innate talent with the written word....Score: 5/5

A haunting gothic masterpiecePerhaps one of the best horror novels I have ever read, and one of the best novels I have ever read at all. Amazing..Score: 5/5

Very good.As I read this book, I found it to be both wonderful and terrible. The loss of life, the lessons learned, the changes of the heart... All combined into a beautiful, eloquent book. It is a very rare story that can draw tears from my eyes or engage my heart. Well done, Mary Shelly!.Score: 5/5

Amazing and philosophical.What marvelous book! The creature that Frankenstein gave life makes us reflect a lot along our reading. It’s very worth to read!!!.Score: 5/5

Unexpected!Nothing like what I expected of in the story of Frankenstein and his creature. The monster is so much more interesting than portrayed in pop culture..Score: 5/5

Chile....I thought this was a SciFi, someone lied to me..Score: 3/5

Totally worth your time so give it a readThis is definitely worth the read. I had to read this for a college literature course and it has some beautiful depth to it in regards to human nature. Very thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend this for a good read (especially considering you can just access this freely as public domain)..Score: 5/5

ConvolutedYou can definitely tell why the book was written..Score: 2/5

ExcellentSo much better than any movie (not surprising is it?) I’m super happy I read it because there are things in there that I had no idea were going to happen..Score: 5/5

TimelessA story of passion, tragedy, and so much more. You may think you know the story based on the movies but the movies falsely represent the book. The movies focus on just one exciting moment, the monster receiving life. The book has many equally exciting, tragic, horrific, passionate, violent moments!.Score: 5/5

WonderfulAs a fan of the classics this book will no doubt satiate the endeavors of my fellow bibliophiles; Mary Shelly portrays both the reality and fantasy of her fictitious horror in beautiful detail only possible in the medium of the written word..Score: 5/5

Not what I expectedMaybe the popularized version of Frankenstein was too over-done; regardless, this original version is way better. There are a few long winded moments, where certain feelings and scenes are reiterated; but for the most part, great description and imagery..Score: 5/5

When science goes bad...I’ve not read the original version of this book, only adaptations by other authors. But, considering that in these adaptations, most of which were written with kids in mind, are usually pretty faithful to the source material, meaning that they’re simply supposed to tell the story the way it was originally written while doing it in a way that modern readers can understand, I can guarantee you that I got the gist of the story just as much as I would have if I had read an original publication that featured Mary Shelley’s story, word for word. Frankenstein is a wonderful story, horrifying, sad, romantic, and thought-provoking! If any book could make scientists think twice about playing God, this fiendish and heartbreaking horror classic would have to be the one! For all of the reviewers who claim that no film version compares, I disagree. Even though I love the original 1932 horror classic that made Boris Karloff a household name in horror, it’s absolutely true that it’s not faithful to the book, regardless of the fact that it contains the same moral. However, I grew up in the 90s, and when I saw the movie Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein advertised, I was excited because it looked like a film version that would be very faithful to Shelley’s classic story. And when I watched it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was! With the exception of the film’s chilling climax, this powerful, literate shocker came the closest to the source material of any movie I’ve ever seen! If you’re a fan of sci-fi horror who enjoys classic literature, read this book! If you’re looking for a faithful film adaptation that is truly a great movie, see Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Both are amazing!.Score: 5/5

InsightfulYou can delve deep and learn some lessons about life - or you can just read it without thinking! Because it is exciting!!! I learned things having to do with what actually makes a human - it makes you value the simple things of life - and more ^_^.Score: 5/5

FrankensteinThis is not the movie version by any means. I think much better than any movie I have seen of this monster. The struggles between man and monster were riveting. This classic is very much worth the read. It will keep you wanting to purse more to find out what will happen next..Score: 5/5

Such an emotional roller coaster!I’m in love with this book! First time reading it and I can’t believe I have never had the opportunity to read it..Score: 5/5

Prodigal Son-likeShows the importance of being loved. The monster was abandoned by Frankenstein who was a miserable person. The monster as a result became just like its owner; a miserable and deranged being..Score: 4/5

FrankensteinI hate reading so the fact that I was able to stay attentive all the way through the book was amazing. I loved the plot and feel the book was overall great!.Score: 4/5

A true classic!This book will be forever kept on the forefront of the mind, the back of the conscience and the mantle of many homes!.Score: 5/5

Oh My!!Astonishing story! A must read. Ms. Shelley started this at 18 years old and it was published when she was 20. I deeply regret not being around to know her..Score: 5/5

It was badSo bad.Score: 2/5

FrakensteinHard to imagine a 19 yr old girl wrote this.Score: 5/5

Not so bad.But, I don’t need say “said he.”.Score: 3/5

Fantastic!When I read this book it really is a heart warming experience and this book will forever be a classic.Score: 5/5

NicknameSaraa.Score: 5/5

My two centsWhen i come to a close with this book,a indescribable feeling overwhelm my heart.what is in the creator’s heart is in all of us,the intrinsic dislike towards a creature who is ugly in appearance but not in spirit and mind.all the misery existing both in this book and in reality is caused by human nature which is of stupidity and ignorance.Score: 2/5

British literature is lameI was sooooo bored reading this book ugh.Score: 1/5

EpicA book everyone should read before they die..Score: 5/5

Frankenstein mary ShellySaw all the movies related to this tail. And a bio of MaryShelly so I decided to read the original story. Language is a little archaic but interesting and the style is fascinating. Great and good reading. Read it in a couple of days. I recommend it, it is classic..Score: 5/5

Exceptional!A great story well written..Score: 5/5

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LolBless.Score: 5/5

FrankensteinWhat a difference between the book and the Hollywood representation of the same book. I was taken aback by the eloquence of the monster. Equally so for the remorse expressed by him. I am really glad I chose to read this as it is so much more complete than film version..Score: 5/5

YessirVery good.Score: 5/5

FrankensteinOnce I got comfortable with the language, it was very good. Written so long ago made it more interesting to me. Very descriptive..Score: 4/5

A beautiful exploration of human natureBefore starting this read I was worried that my imagination would be driven by a lifetime of Hollywood imagery that has been burned into the collective imagination of modern readers. I’m glad to say that all my expectations were subverted. I was taken on a journey that transcend Boris Karlof and the mad scientist cliche that has been a staple of pop culture since the golden era of cinema. Mary Shelley masterfully created a sense of doom and gloom without the endless references of horror that we have today. I would easily recommend this book to any fan of the horror genre or anyone who appreciates the history of modern literature..Score: 5/5

A must readAt a time when there is current talk about science taking us to enhanced existences and 1,000 year long lives, it is important to heed the message of this ageless book. Though the language is old, the story is compelling and the language adds to a sense of other worldliness..Score: 5/5

Great readWhat a gripping book! I think fans of any genre would enjoy this..Score: 4/5

FrankensteinI could not have been more surprised at the contents of this book...a complete and total diversion from the contemporary portrayal of the monster and its creator. Well written but challenging in its use of old English vocabulary and style. There is an underlying message throughout the story that shows itself from time to time. Got me thinking ... neglect and abuse can help create and grow an evil heart, a "monster" if you will ... How many evil hearts are helped along in their wickedness through the abuses of those who withhold love, acceptance and forgiveness?.Score: 4/5

Finally checked this off Bucket ListThere is no Igor in the original story. Good to finally read the book that started it all. Frankenstein is so iconic but how much is the original story and how much is Hollywood? I found the book a fast read - less than a day because each chapter was no more than about 10 pages in my paper version, and the way the story was told I kept wanting to read more to find out what would happen next. Hollywood does a disservice to the story in film versions that paint the creature as a one dimensional monster. I liked that there is a philosophical and moral aspect to both the creature and Frankenstein the creator. However, I did find the Frankenstein character implausible in his reaction to own creation. He labours over his creation for months and then when the creature comes to life he is horrified. How can he be so oblivious to the danger of letting his creation walk out into the world unprepared for anything. Why would he create something so ugly and terrifying? The creature kills his brother, Justine (indirectly), his friend and then his wife, but each time he does not foresee the danger and is unprepared to stop it. Don’t get me wrong, I obviously enjoyed reading this literary classic but I just found it unbelievable that someone smart enough to bring the creature to life would then behave in ways that were not very smart to bring such tragedies to himself and the ones he loved..Score: 3/5

FrankensteinBetter than Dracula! Lots of flowery language but nevertheless a compelling read..Score: 4/5

DisappointingI read this in my English class a few years back and it was the most painfu book I have ever read. All the students that have read it cringe every time a teacher mentiones Frankenstein now..Score: 1/5

Not the tale told in moviesSuch a classic. I wasn’t sure who I was rooting for. I felt sorry for the creature as all he wanted was acceptance and love, like most people. As for Victor, he let his ego dive him to the point of madness then spurned his creation..Score: 5/5

Glad I read this!I thought I knew this from the movies/pop culture, but apparently it's nothing at all what I was lead to believe. Mary Shelley's an excellent author, and this book was a great read. It can get a little long-winded, but it hits a rhythm that's pleasant enough after a while..Score: 4/5

FrankensteinAs an English major I read a lot. Basically, if it has words I'll read it. I had yet to read this piece and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was beautifully written and really have an output on how to go about life and the value of life. Definitely one to pick up and read for yourself!!.Score: 4/5

Only read this because I had toI could barely stand this book it was so hard to understand anything although the story line was good but if it was modernized from the original language I would of enjoyed it more.Score: 2/5

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Timeless classic!An interesting study in the way the English language was used in a bygone era. Must read!.Score: 5/5

FrankensteinA poetic book… lovely style of writing!.Score: 5/5

Frankenstein & The Beast...WOW!!.... Speechless... I am astonished and obnoxious by this piece of writing. I dare to read more. I am amidst by agitation, and now it has ceased.....Score: 4/5

Amazing!I don't know how I didn't come across this before. This book is beautiful in language and is full of heart!.Score: 5/5

GoodThe style shows its' age, but the story is one that should be experienced. In many ways this tale of horror surpasses the simple genre of horror to encompass a tale akin to racism, and bears the moral of owning your own mistakes..Score: 4/5

FrankensteinWhy do they have to change so much in the movies? It was a great read nonetheless.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

Well worth the readFantastic read.Score: 5/5

RubbishThis book was the most boring thing I have read in my entire life.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

LolForr freeee amazzingg.Score: 5/5

CreepyFabulous book. Not sure that it'll last the test of time though..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

Wat was shelley thinking?🖐🍼💦.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazing!Such a great read. Read it everyday to work... Loved it!.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

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

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

FrankensteinA really enjoyable read and one i recommend..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

GreatGreat book! And for free!.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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