Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus
Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus" (1818) is a combination of gothic horror story and science fiction first conceived for a writing challenge by Lord Byron when she was just eighteen. It is the story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student of natural science who assembles pieces of corpses to create an artificial man and brings it to life with galvanism. Though it seeks affection, the unnamed monster inspires loathing in everyone it meets. Lonely and miserable, the creature ultimately destroys its creator.
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He is, indeed, of so amiable a nature, that he will not hunt (a favourite, and almost
the only amusement here), because he cannot endure to spill blood. He is,
moreover, heroically generous. Some years ago he loved a young Russian lady,
a true friend. His gentleness was never tinged by dogmatism ; and his
instructions were given with an air of frankness and good nature, that banished
every idea of pedantry. It was, perhaps, the amiable character of this man that
inclined me ...
Indeed, who would credit that Justine Moritz, who was so amiable, and fond of all
the family, could all at once become so extremely wicked ” “Justine Moritz Poor,
poor girl, is she the accused ? But it is wrongfully; every one knows that; no one ...
I have lived in the same house with her, at one time for five, and at another for
nearly two years, During all that period she appeared to me the most amiable
and benevolent of human creatures. She nursed Madame Frankenstein, my aunt,
The innocent suffers; but she whom I thought amiable and good has not betrayed
the trust I reposed in her, and I am consoled. Amiable cousin such were your
thoughts, mild and gentle as your own dear eyes and voice. But I–I was a Wretch,
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My favorite book of all time.User Review - TheRavensLenore - Borders
I am in love with the "monster" portrayed in this book. From his point of view, it's when the coldness of the world changes us for the worse. To think that she wrote this novel at such a young age, it is profound. Read full review
A Brief review of "Frankenstein"User Review - VendettLia - Borders
Oh, This is a beautiful book. How its words flow just right with the story, is just Magnificiant. The story is captivating, not to mention wonderfully depressing.(^^) I really do have high respects ... Read full review