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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... relinquished many of his public employments, and devoted himself to the
education of his children. Of these I was the eldest, and the destined successor to
all his labours and utility. No creature could have THE MoDERN PROMETHEUs.
cessor to all his labours and utility. No creature could have more tender parents
than mine. My improvement and health were their constant care, especially as I
remained for several years their only child. But before I continue my narrative, ...
One secret which I alone possessed was the hope to which I had dedicated
myself; and the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and
breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places. Who shall conceive
... duties on my recovery was to introduce Clerval to the several professors of the
university. In doing this, I underwent a kind of rough usage, ill befitting the
wounds that my mind had sustained. Ever since the fatal night, the end of my
fatal night, the end of my labours, and the beginning of my misfortunes, I had
conceived a violent antipathy even to . the name of natural philosophy. When I
was otherwise quite restored to health, the sight of a chemical instrument would
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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