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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which the interest of the story depends is exempt from the disadvantages of a
mere tale of spectres or enchantment. It was recommended by the novelty of the
situations which it developes; and, however impossible as a physical fact, affords
These tales excited in us a playful desire of imitation. Two other friends (a tale
from the pen of one of whom would be far more acceptable to the public than any
thing I can ever hope to produce) and myself agreed to write each a story,
listen to my tale. I believe that the strange incidents connected with it will afford a
view of nature, which may enlarge your faculties and understanding. You will
hear of powers and occurrences, such as you have been accustomed to believe
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 ...
I do not ever remember to have trembled at a tale of superstition, or to have
feared the apparition of a spirit. Darkness had no effect upon my fancy; and a
church-yard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life, which,
from being ...
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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