Sunday, October 19, 2008

Frankestein-Book Review

Frankenstein Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

In his quest for knowledge about nature and how to reanimate the non-living, Viktor Frankenstein creates an abomination that will haunt him until his death. What horrors can come from such knowledge and experimentation? Is it the daemon created or the creator who is the real monster?

I knew the story, of course, but had not read it until yesterday. It wasn't as scary as I had hoped but it kept me interested and in suspense many times. The chapters describing the travel was tedious to read, however, and I kept wanting to skim through it to get to the action. Beautifully written, but long stretches lacking in action pertaining to the story made it a difficult read at times.

I am glad I finally read this but not a favorite.


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  1. Definitely not all that scary. I think it was scarier for the people during the time it was written.

    I had to read this for school and I really did skim quite a bit, so I suppose you can't say I read the the whole thing! haha


  2. Nopo, not that scary. Even I could read it without nightmares.

    I did like getting the Real Story though. It's quite different than popular culture betrays it.

  3. Not scary in the classic sense. However, I think the book says a lot about how humans fiddle around with nature/science and mess things up. Kind of like: Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

    As a species, I think our hubris is this: we always think we can control what we create and that whatever we create will only have a happy ending. If it doesn't turn out the way we hope, just ditch it--someone else will take responsibility for it (whatever we create that goes wrong.) And we're usually wrong on both counts. Or maybe I'm reading too much into the story (no pun intended.)

    Like all of you, Frankenstein is not my favorite story. However, I'm not sure how this happened, but I've read it about 3 or 4 times--go figure.


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