Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Book - 1992
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At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Knopf, [1992], 1921
ISBN: 9780679409991
Characteristics: xxxiii, 231 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Modern prometheus


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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 21, 2018

One of the original “horror” stories, written by a 19-year-old woman trying to impress her “great writer” husband. While the ideas have a great deal of interest, the writing is dreadfully long-winded and indirect, nearly indecipherable at times.

Young student Victor Frankenstein goes off to college and becomes obsessed with learning to create life. He succeeds, bringing life to a combination of human parts he has stitched together in imitation of a man. The creature disappears. Years later Victor discovers that the creature has gained language and emotions and is bent on murdering the family of the man who brought him to life. The creature asks Victor to make him a wife but Victor refuses. Much murder, anguish, and chasing around follow.

For modern readers, the writing is difficult. Nevertheless, the germ of the story is compelling. A creature is given life and then abandoned by his creator, left on his own to determine how the world works. He is rejected by all humans and then rejected again when he asks for a companion to share his retched life. From that point of view it is a sad story. From Victor Frankenstein’s point of view, he has committed the “ultimate sin” – attempting to take over the powers of “God.” *Frankenstein* has influenced the writing of hundreds of other books from science fiction to anti-science polemics and is an important part of feminist and literary history. It is worth reading on that basis.

Dec 19, 2018

"Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay / to mould me man? Did I solicit thee / From Darkness to promote me?". Are creations accountable for their imperfections?

Nov 16, 2018

Not good for baby children, queit scary.

Nov 13, 2018

It reads more like romance literature from the drugstore racks, I have to say I am a bit disappointed in the original rendition of this book. The details in the accounts given second hand to the captain are beyond verbose which makes the book unrealistic. It could have been a series of letters written by the hand of Frankenstein not a oral conversation written down in detail that a stenographer would have a tough time at it.

I gave up after 150 pages or so, it's a romance novel just from a different era.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 24, 2018

The novel is quite different (and much better) than any of the Hollywood versions. The core of the story presents many fascinating and still relevant questions around what it means to be truly human, the power of acceptance and love, consciousness, and grief. Many of the characters are simplistic and undeveloped while the prose is flowery and rambling by today's standards which makes it a somewhat difficult read.

IndyPL_ShelbyG Oct 23, 2018

This was my first time reading Frankenstein and I loved it! I thought the writing was easy to follow, even when the characters went on a tangent (which happens multiple times). Her descriptions of the landscape were beautiful. I despised Victor Frankenstein; I thought he was, for lack of a better term, a selfish crybaby. I highly recommend this classic!

LPL_IlkaI Sep 30, 2018

Not just solid classic literature, but also the first science fiction novel and written by a woman! There are common misperceptions that are associated with Frankenstein that mostly come from popular culture and one most prevalent is the Creature is without a voice. When you read Frankenstein, nothing could be further from the truth. His voice is one of the most important in literature out there, quite possibly, and it will touch your heart.

Jul 18, 2018

Everybody should read this book, the first work of science fiction. Frankenstein and the fiend are two sides of the same coin, both deserving pity, both doing evil. The book presages the ills wrought by modern power, including terrible war and the destruction of the environment.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

Nothing but love for the mother of science fiction. In addition to being a gripping story, there's plenty of big questions to ponder over. One of the best of the best.

SPPL_Anna Mar 14, 2018

Victor Frankenstein is the worst and the creature is the best.

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Dec 29, 2010

The story of attempting to prolong life and avoid death ultimately leading to disaster with the deaths and murders of friends and family of Victor Frankenstein.


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I ought to be thy Adam


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