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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In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is
nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for
discovery and wonder. A mind of moderate capacity, which closely pursues one
study, must ...
have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit. It was indeed but a passing
trance, that only made me feel with renewed acuteness so soon as, the unnatural
stimulus ceasing to operate, I had returned to my old habits. I collected bones ...
The summer months passed while I was thus engaged, heart and soul, in ene
pursuit. 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
I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. If the study
to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to
destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix,
My first thought was to discover what I knew of the murderer, and cause instant
pursuit to be made. But I paused when I reflected on the story that I had to tell. A
being whom I myself had formed, and endued with life, had met me at midnight ...
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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