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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

On the Back of the Book

Obsessed with creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks to life with electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear.

My Thoughts

This book is considered a classic, but at first I struggled to understand why. The book has a really slow pace and there seems to be a gulf between the reader and the narrator. I know that the book was written nearly 200 years ago but if I'd felt that in a book written a couple of years ago I'd have pointed it out. I am not discriminating against an older book.

I wasn't too fond of the characters. Frankenstein came across particularly badly in my opnion, his actions were irresponsible and his unwillingness to accept his responsibilities only prove my point. His family and friends were unremarkable and I was beginning to wonder what possessed me to read this book in the first place when the monster started to get a bigger role. I found myself sympathising with him and wanting him to find happiness despite the prejudices he faced from those who were unwilling to accept something that wasn't the same as them.

Overall I enjoyed Frankenstein even though it took me 2 and 1/2 weeks to read it. It's a deeply thought provoking story and the description and characterization of the monster are stunning.

My Rating

3 stars - A good book, but it's not brilliant. It was nice stepping out of my reading comfort zone to experience this book. If anybody told me that they wanted to read a classic then I really would suggest this one as it has a powerful message and even if it's meaning has been distorted over time as the human race has evolved, it's still a worthwhile read.

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