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 said in one of my letters, my dear Margaret, that I should find no friend on the
wide ocean ; yet I have found a man who, before his spirit had been broken by
misery, I should have been happy to have possessed as the brother of my heart.
How can I see so noble a creature destroyed by misery without feeling the most
poignant grief? He is so gentle, yet so wise; his mind is so cultivated; and when
he speaks, although his words are culled with the choicest art, yet they flow with ...
sensible steps to my after tale of misery: for when I would account to myself for
the birth of that passion, which afterwards ruled my destiny, I find it arise, like a
mountain river, from ignoble and almost forgotten sources; but, swelling as it ...
My departure was therefore fixed at an early date; but, before the day resolved
upon could arrive, the first misfortune of my life occurred—an omen, as it were, of
my future misery, Elizabeth had caught the scarlet" fever; but her illness was The
I will not lead you on, unguarded and ardent as I then was, to your destruction
and infallible misery. Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my
example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much.
happier that ...
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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