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 commenced by inuring my body to hardship. I accompanied the whalefishers on
several expeditions to the North Sea; I voluntarily endured cold, famine, thirst,
and want of sleep ; I often worked harder than the common sailors during the day,
Such were my reflections as I commenced my journey; but as I proceeded, my
spirits and hopes rose. I ardently desired the aequisition of knowledge. I had
often, when at home, thought it hard to remain during my youth cooped up in one
Or, The Modern Prometheus Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. first two or three days
spent almost in solitude. But as the ensuing week commenced, I thought of the
information which M. Krempe had given me concerning the lectures. And
although I ...
I wrote, and this exertion greatly fatigued me; but my convalescence had
commenced, and proceeded regularly. In another fortnight I was able to leave my
chamber. One of my first duties on my recovery was to introduce Clerval to the
M. Krenipe had now commenced an eulogy on himself, which happily turned the
conversation from a subject that was so annoying to me. Clerval was no natural
philosopher. His imagination was too vivid for the minutiae of science.
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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