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Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Frankenstein is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted of all nineteenth century novels. This critical edition of Mary Shelley's controversial classic of gothic romanticism includes new critical essays by some of the leading lights in contemporary literary scholarship.
Authors: Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851
Title: Frankenstein
Publisher: San Francisco :, Ignatius Press,, c2008.
Characteristics: xxvi, 275 p. ;,21 cm.
Local Note: 1 2 5 6 7 9 10 11 14 15
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Additional Contributors: Pearce, Joseph - 1961-
ISBN: 1586171380
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Report This Dec 06, 2013
  • miss_moneypenny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite things about this book is the story behind it. I think it goes that Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron were away at a cabin and decided to see who could write the best scary story. Mary won, and eventually turned her tale in Frankenstein. This book is great to read, and it's also great to study if you're an English student. Some really great ideas going on about science, technology, reproduction and fatherhood. Poor monster!

Seriously, why are you posting your summary of the book? You're suppose to say whether you like it or not, not if you'd shoot the characters with a gun. I liked this book, it was a bit of a scare toward the end though....

Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • dp50268n rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the idea behind the book and felt bad for the monster. Yet at the same time, I wanted to shoot both Victor and the monster. I just don't get how a guy could be so whiny and literally delicate because he was sick for almost two year over creating the monster. I felt that Victor was too overly dramatic at times when he should have tried to approach situations differently. I just really didn't like Victor.

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • kevin4203 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

good read

Report This Apr 16, 2013
  • mcssi369 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books of all time! I reread it every year.

Report This Aug 28, 2012
  • guest123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I like how this book includes the author's biography, and gives some background to the story, explanations about the time it was written, and the setting of the book. That helped me to understand the book a little bit more

Report This Aug 12, 2012
  • thomd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the nesting stories and overall premise; I disliked Victor the whiny villain, I mean wretch. The monster was frustratingly inconsistent; going from moaning to erudition very rapidly. Good horror or drama, not so good science fiction.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • caiyoung rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great read. I see now why it is still considered a great classic. There were a few parts that were slow but, for the most part, I didn't get bored while reading it. This will most definitely be a classic I will read again and again.

Report This Jul 09, 2012
  • rsgordon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you think you know the story of Frankenstein from the movies, and there have been 66 of them, you must read Mary Shelley's original version with Leonard Wolf's annotations. You will realize that the story really reflects the life of Mary Shelley and P.B. Given that Mary was only 17 when she wrote this there is a world of knowledge she incorporated into her text and is forever admired by scholars like Wolf. Definitely worth the read.

The first couple chapters are a bit slow but once you get past them it's great. Also the dialogue doesn't really flow like actual speech. It's kind of funny to imagine people actually trying to talk like that.

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