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engrossing nineteenth-c. sci-fi.

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I was assigned this in high school, and I never read it. I recently picked it up out of curiosity, and I am amazed. All the pop culture associated with Frankenstein has warped the true message of this excellent novel. I recommend this book to everyone. I read a lot these days, and this has been the best book I have read all year. 

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I found Mary Shelley's Frankenstein startling in the extent to which it differed both from the movies and the popular conceptions of the story. The differences go way beyond what we usually expect from turning a novel into a movie. Tod Browning took a number of liberties with Dracula, but re-reading the original doesn't cause one to feel he is reading a different story.
Frankenstein is a morality tale, and the sinner throughout is Frankenstein first and his creation second. It could be called a study of what happens when someone is driven to follow his passion (to create life) and then to reject it as soon as the desire is fulfilled. The creation (I hesitate to say "monster," though the creature self-describes himself that way) is brought into a world not knowing who he is, what he is or, importantly, why he is. He wants to be loved, or at least accepted, and is rejected top to bottom, first of all by his creator. He is intelligent and moral, and asks only another of his kind (his "bride") and he will leave Frankenstein and the human world in peace. Unfortunately Frankenstein has all the complex moral qualms after his creation lives that were completely overlooked beforehand.
The creature could almost approach total sympathy if not for his unfortunate habit of murdering completely innocent people because of his anger at Frankenstein. Anyone who has any interest in the horror genre should read this young woman's masterpiece.
 

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One of my favourite novels, it uses a compelling storyline and looks into the perspective of many people, giving it somewhat a dramatic feel. It seemed quite interesting how the novel is so different to the adaptations, films etc! It is a lovely story, not a HORROR TALE of a weird monster. There's something deeply compelling and interesting about the novel. All your predisposed ideas of a weird monster will be alleviated when you finish reading the novel!  

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Un libro que hay que leer
Quizás uno de los más sobresalientes ejemplos de la corriente literaria del Romanticismo en Europa lo constituye, sin duda alguna, Frankenstein o el Moderno Prometeo. Pese a
su corta edad, Mary Shelley es capaz de captar y plasmar en su obra maestra, las grandes contradicciones y ambivalencias, producto de la Revolución Industrial, que plantea el gran debate acerca de la razón versus los sentimientos, que valga decir, se mantiene en nuestra sociedad actual.
Eso es precisamente lo interesante del asunto, porque no hay duda que este libro es tan apropiado para nuestra época como para la época que lo vio nacer, porque se adentra en los más despreciables sentimientos del ser humano pero a la vez refleja los más nobles que puede una persona experimentar: es eso, lo bueno y lo malo, lo que está latente en esta obra que no pasa de moda porque esa misma dualidad permanecerá hasta los últimos días de la especie humana.
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Frankenstein, I don't know what to begin this review with? Let's start with The Pace, This book is painfully slow paced,especially when the story is narrated by Frankenstein or Victor Frankenstein who ... Read full review

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At times, I was fearful to not be immersed in this haunting and deeply tragic novel. I was very much afraid I would turn a corner or flip on a light to see a demonic monster standing in my wake. In ... Read full review

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Victor Frankenstein is a scientist who lived somewhere in Geneva, Switzerland around the 1800's. He wanted to be a famous scientist like his professors. He wanted to bring life to a body so he used ... Read full review

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This is one of those books that I figured I needed to read, if only because it has impacted so much of both literary, nerd and general culture over the years. It is also a story that, for not having ... Read full review

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Sometimes I felt bogged down by the excessive descriptions of scenery and the repetitive whining of the narrator, but the issues presented in this book were fascinating and thought-provoking: what it ... Read full review

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