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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towards him, or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is
lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never
saw equalled. But he is generally melancholy and despairing; and sometimes he
She died calmly ; and her countenance expressed affection even in death. I need
not describe the feelings of those whose dearest ties are rent by that most
irreparable evil, the void that presents itself to the soul, and the despair that is ...
M. Krempe was a little squat man, with a gruff voice and repulsive countenance;
the teacher, therefore, did not prepossess me in favour of his doctrine. Besides, I
had a contempt for the uses of modern natural philosophy. It was very different, ...
Oh! no mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy. again
endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on
him while unfinished; he was ugly then ; but when those muscles and joints were
She was dressed in mourning; and her countenance, always engaging, was
rendered, by the solemnity of her feelings, exquisitely beautiful. Yet she
appeared confident in innocence, and did not tremble, although gazed on and
execrated by ...
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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