Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
Frankenstein was published in 1818, the work of a 21-year-old genius named Mary Shelley. Hundreds of movies, adaptations, and monster masks later, its reputation remains so lively that the title has become its own word in the English language. Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, discovers the secret of reanimating the dead. After he rejects his hideous creation, not even the farthest poles of the earth will keep his bitter monster from seeking an inhuman revenge. Inspired by a uniquely Romantic view of science’s possibilities, Shelley’s masterpiece ultimately wrestles with the hidden shadows of the human mind.
At this time he desired that I should write , not so much with the idea that I could
produce any thing worthy of notice , but that he might himself judge how far I
possessed the promise of better things hereafter . Still I did nothing . Travelling ,
My imagination , unbidden , possessed and guided me , gifting the successive
images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bound of
reverie . I saw — with shut eyes , but acute mental vision — I saw the pale student
The idea so possessed my mind , that a thrill of fear ran through me and I wished
to exchange the ghastly image of my fancy for the realities around . I see them
still ; the very room , the dark parquet , the closed shutters , with the moonlight ...
I have hired a vessel , and am occupied in collecting my sailors ; those whom I
have already engaged appear to be men on whom I can depend , and are
certainly possessed of dauntless courage . But I have one want which I have
never yet ...
I said in one of my letters , my dear Margaret , that I should find no friend on the
wide ocean ; yet I have found a man who , before his spirit had been broken by
misery , I should have been happy to have possessed as the brother of my heart .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jljaina - LibraryThing
An interesting tale filled drawn out in the elegant prose of the era in which it is written. Full of depth and emotions one does not often see in today's literature. Yet there are a few things that ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Melumebelle - LibraryThing
While I completely enjoy Mary Shelley's style of writing, I found the main character, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, to be rather annoying and hard to read about. In my honest opinion he's a pansy who can't ... Read full review