Trailer ß Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus PDF by ß Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Trailer ß Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus PDF by ß Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley The anecdote is legendary: Mary Shelley, a teenager at the time, was spending a vacation in Switzerland with her fiancé, Percy Shelley, their mutual friend, Lord Byron, and a few other people.
Was the weather gloomy that summer of 1816? Were the companions bored to death? For amusement, one evening, they challenged each other into writing the scariest ghost story they could come up with.
No one remembers what the fellows wrote on that occasion.
Everyone has, at least, heard of the creation of the young woman and the misfortunes of Victor Frankenstein.

Since then, and mainly since the invention of cinema a few decades later, what was only meant to be a chilling yet entertaining story, rose to the dimensions of a myth.
So much so that the origina Some books teach you something new each time you revisit them.

I picked up the tragically wonderful Frankenstein for a fourth time this week, and I was totally mesmerised by the descriptive language used to describe the natural world.

In all my previous readings, I focused on all the classic tropes of man and monster though I never considered the importance of the serene beauty that surrounds the story.
The natural world dominates the background of the novel.
It’s there, like a pervading monster that lingers in the darkest reaches of the mind.

What struck me most about it was the fact that both Victor and his creation long for a real life, a life where one is truly alive.
And they both ponder what this means at length, reaching the same conclusion: to go completely nomad.
They both wish to live a life free of burde

“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe.
If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.

From the 1994 movie

The worst thing about this novel is how distorted it has become by constant movie adaptations and misinformed ideas about the nature of Frankenstein and his "monster".
For years, like many others, I thought Frankenstein was the name of that slightly green dude with the bolts in his neck.

Did Frankenstein scare me? Did it have me staying awake and sleeping with the light on, jumping at every slight creak in the house? Was I terrified of the monster and technology and the dang No stars.
That's right.
Zero, zip.

It's been almost 30 years since I've detested a book this much.
I didn't think anything could be worse then Kafka's The Metamorphosis.
Seems I'm never too old to be wrong.
This time, I don't have the excuse that I was forced to read this for high school lit.
Oh no, this time I read this of my own volition and for fun.
Yeah, fun.
Kinda like sticking bamboo shoots between my fingernails type of fun.
Watching paint dry fun.
Going to an Air Supply concert fun.

OK, to be fair, I need to tell you what I liked about this.

Well, Mary Shelley was a teen when she wrote this.
Color me impressed.
At 19 I was just looking for my next college boyfriend, not penning the great English classic.
Kudos to Mary for that.

Otherwise, I can't think of anything to admire in This was awesome.
I listened to an audiobook on YouTube (as it is under the public domain).
You can find it here: https://www.
It was great.
The narrator did a great job of building the atmosphere and excitement in the story.
I always love reading the original stories behind some very iconic pop culture figures.
Frankenstein is obviously incredibly popular.
It was great to read and do a little bit of a personal independent study on (major nerd here).
The perfect Halloween read!

It's been fifty years since I had read Frankenstein, and, now—after a recent second reading—I am pleased to know that the pleasures of that first reading have been revived.
Once againjust as it was in my teensI was thrilled by the first glimpse of the immense figure of the monster, driving his sled across the arctic ice, and marveled at the artful use of narrative frames within frame, each subsequent frame leading us closer to the heart of the novel, until we hear the alienated yet articulate voice of the creature himself.
In addition, I admired the equally artful way the novel moves backward through the same frames until we again reach the arctic landscape which is the scene of the novel's beginning.
and its end.

This time through, I was particularly struck with how Mary must have been influenced by the novels o Don’t get why everyone spends so much time talking about “the theme of science versus nature” and how this is “the world’s first science fiction novel” when clearly this is the world’s preeminent text on the subject of the dire consequences of procrastination.

But whatever.

This book rules.

First off, it’s very funny to imagine oldtimey 1800s people being scared by this.
It’s in the same vein as thinking of that urban legend about the people who watched the first movie screaming when the train races toward them.

I highly recommend reading it through that lens.
Just thinking about that original audience who thought this was a horror.
“Oh, my st REREAD UPDATESeptember 2018:

One of my bookclubs (Click to check out Reading List Completists) is reading this for September 2018.
I figure it was a good time for a reread since it was one of my favorites and it has been over 20 years since I read it.

I did enjoy it again this time and it stands up to the 5 star review and designation of classic.
There were a few slow partsmainly when Dr.
Frankenstein would stop the narrative to wax poetical about somethingbut, not enough t take a way from my overall enjoyment.

I still recommend this for everyone and be sure to check out my full original revi So.

I finished it.

If you are a fan of classic literature and/or are utterly devoid of a sense of humor this review may not be for you.

Yes, I realize that I'm a moron with zero literary credibility.
So, stop reading right now if the sound of an idiot whistling out of their asshole bothers you too terribly.
Sure, you can comment below and tell me how stupid I am, but it probably won't make me a better person.
Or will it.


I've always wondered what the real Frankenstein story was like.
and now I know.

Sadly, sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality.

And the reality is, this book is a big steaming pile of poo.
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