Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

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Penguin Putnam
The world’s most famous work of horror fiction: a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror. Based on the third edition of 1831, this Penguin Classics edition, with an introduction and notes by Maurice Hindle, contains all the revisions Mary Shelley made to her story, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s preface to the first edition. It also includes as appendices a select collation of the texts of 1818 and 1831 together with "A Fragment" by Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori’s "The Vampyre: A Tale."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Presents the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2003
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780141439471
0141439475
Characteristics: lxiii, 273 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Hindle, Maurice
Alternative Title: Frankenstein
Modern Prometheus

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Katpartika
Nov 16, 2018

Not good for baby children, queit scary.

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darkaegisagain
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.

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eappelbaum
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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Derringer
Oct 24, 2017

This is the old, familiar tale of Swiss, medical student, Victor Frankenstein who discovers, by trial-and error, the secret of life (which he never reveals to anyone, lest they repeat his mistake).

Upon this amazing discovery Frankenstein then puts together a body, essentially a man, pieced from various corpses.

Frankenstein is a pretty grim tale that has managed to fascinate man, by its dark and fascinating implications, for centuries.

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PinkPrincess212
Jun 21, 2017

*CAUTION* MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: I'll give props to Mary Shelley on writing such a story. Coming from a short story contest amongst men, considering that era, it is quite good. When it comes to my personal opinion though, I thought it was somewhat bland. The overall story was interesting, however there has been a debate as to wether or not we should have compassion on Victor or The Monster. I find it hard to empathize for either of them though, due to the fact that Victor can be neglectful and The Monster kills someone. It's obvious that both of them long for a supportive father figure, however I can't quite see how Victor could provide that for The Monster, when he himself doesn't have one. Overall, I think Mary Shelley did a good job and I could see how people could appreciate and enjoy the story. However, it does not suite my personal taste.

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jbazal
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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Alanreviews
Feb 07, 2018

I ought to be thy Adam

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