Frankenstein

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Paperback, Bantam Books, 1979, ISBN # 0553212478

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"I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion". A summer evening's ghost stories, lonely insomnia in a moonlit Alpine's room, and a runaway imagination--fired by philosophical discussions with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley about science, galvanism, and the origins of life--conspired to produce for Marry Shelley this haunting night specter. By morning, it had become the germ of her Romantic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Written in 1816 when she was only nineteen, Mary Shelley's novel of "The Modern Prometheus" chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.

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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publish Date: May 01, 1984
ISBN-13: 9780553212471
ISBN-10: 0553212478
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.0 x 0.5
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3.0 stars by MrJiggyFly

This book was NOT what I was expecting. Victor Frankenstein is (more or less) a nice guy that made a mistake (creating the creature). The monster is not the lumbering, ignorant menace that appears in the Universal films, either. I was surprised that Shelley did not provide more "page time" for the creation of the monster but I suppose she had no idea how it would have been done since modern science was not so modern 200 years ago. The basis for the story is an absolute classic. I did find the basic story a little hard to follow because it was written so long ago. It's worth reading just to know how the legend got started.

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