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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How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch
whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form * His limbs
were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful!—Great
I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew cowered my forehead, my teeth
chattered, and every limb became convulsed; when, by the dim and yellow light
of the moon, as it forced its way through the window-shutters, I beheld the wretch
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 rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even ...
The porter opened the gates of the court, which had that night been my asylum,
and I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps, as if I sought to avoid
the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view.
A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me;
its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to
humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy daemon to ...
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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