Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

  • Release Date: 1822-12-31
  • Genre: Fiction
Score: 4
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From 689 Ratings

Description

The title of the novel refers to a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful.

Reviews

  • Wat was shelley thinking?

    1
    By AliWhitaker08
    🖐🍼💦
  • Read in English

    4
    By MazzLik
    Good but confusing book at times- read this in English (I'm in year 9) . We were aloud to use our phones!
  • Disappointing

    2
    By Shannenlc
    After having read snippets of the novel in class throughout my school and college years I finally decided to give this classic a read and have to say it was extremely disappointing. Shelley's use of language has opened up my vocabulary and gained me some literary knowledge that I lacked in previously, but the actual story itself is beyond boring. It's 700 pages of irrelevant descriptions of landscapes, which were not detailed enough that I could build up an accurate image of what was being described and the rest is merely depressed ramblings of a mad man. The monster being portrayed as the villain is very simplistic and unfair, as I believe Viktor to be the true monster in this story. His own self loathing and inability to make a change makes his character unbearable and hard to sympathise with and he consistently fails to take responsibility for his own actions, therefore projecting his own flaws onto his creation. I was proud to have reached the end, but this novel is definitely one I wouldn't re-read in the future as I found it to be lacking in suspense and a majority of the time I found myself falling asleep whilst reading as it was just that dull.
  • True classic

    5
    By Yusuf Fulat
    A fantastic tale. A moving story. An absolute must read
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Nmh2012
    Such a great read. Read it everyday to work... Loved it!
  • Surprisingly poignant

    5
    By Enjoltaire
    I spent so long hating this book it came as quite a surprise to me that I actually rather enjoyed it. It's a difficult read with the gratuitous use of description, particularly of nature, but the poignancy of the end makes up for it. For all their faults and actions, Shelley makes it difficult not to sympathise with both Creator and Creature in the closing pages of the novel, and to see the terrible waste of life in both that of the victims of their actions and the two 'monsters' themselves. It is easy to see why this novel is regarded as a classic of English literature. Well worth a read, if you can spare the time.
  • Forgot my book at school!

    4
    By Joey7cool
    I forgot my book at school so I had to get it on my iPad and I realised it was free!! And it was the exact same book so I am really happy and the book was ok but it saved my life from getting a bad grade at school!!!
  • Brilliant

    5
    By Mnbhgreghddsry
    This book is truly fabulous. Shelley has a unique way of creating characters that one immediately feels for. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
  • Not a good book

    2
    By Joe Trotman
    Overall I was disappointed with this book. The language in the prose is of it's time but the dialogue is over flowery and has neither realism nor the wit and insight of Shakespearean characters. In fact the only speech that rang true was Frankenstein's attempt to rouse courage in his shipmates. The sentiment of this I like but it's purpose in the novel I think misguided. The comparison between the expected physical torture and the torture of the soul is good but is continual and ends up filling most of the book. Torture is just one of far too many words that are over used. The descriptions of journeys and landscapes are long and not too descriptive not adding much to the tale at all. The book would have been better set solely in a small town or village. This would stop the plot from relying on unbelievable coincidences just to satisfy the allegory. This too is basic and can be summarised by the transformation of the monster from kind and benevolent to sinister ogre. This is achieved by the first murder and his hinted rape, leaving the rest of his labours, and indeed the novel to be unnecessary. The main problem I have though is the characterisation of the monster as a murderer and tormentor which is simplistic at best. In my experience these are jealous passions more suited to man and beast than the so-called monsters who walk this earth. Indeed many creatures blessed with the considerable talents of the "daemon" are gentle and beautiful beings though their skin is yellowed by creation or weariness but not disformity. On the subject of murder it is interesting and apt that even the fiend that Shelley imagines will not slaughter lamb for food. The desire for a mate humanises the monster but his willingness to describe her as hideous and disfigured before even laying eyes on her discredits Shelley's character as he is seemingly endowed with great intelligence and depth. The description of misery, in man and monster, though is superb. It is vivid and varied and invokes emotions that all men have felt but few could succinctly put into words. Overall I give the book 2 stars out of 5 for it's eloquent and evocative depiction of woe, particularly in the monster. I feel it lacks in all other quarters however, particularly realism.
  • Frankenstein

    1
    By Just am
    No good, unless you spend all day reading books OR you understand words you never use in day to day life this book is confusing, I'm spending most of my time trying to work out what every 4 or 5th actually means - this is not an easy read at all Shame