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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I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaged
in endeavouring to bestow mutual pleasure, I was now alone. In the university,
whither I was going, I must form my own friends, and be my own protector. My life
I succeeded in discovering the cause of | generation and life; nay, more, I be|
came myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter. The
astonishment which I had at first experienced on this discovery soon gave place
to delight and ...
Pursuing these reflections, I thought, that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless
matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life
where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption, - | These thoughts ...
It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful
harvest, or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage: but my eyes were insensible
to the charms of nature. And the same feelings which made me neglect the
I had before experienced sensations of horror; and I have endeavoured to
bestow upon them adequate expressiops, but words cannot convey an idea of
the heart-sickening despair that I then endured. The person to whom I addressed
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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