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Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus”

First of all, why is it when we hear or see the name “Frankenstein” we think of the monster the Doctor creates in the book? Is it because many a book cover shows this hideous creature?

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But the creature doesn’t have a name – he is simply referred in the book as “daemon” or “monster”. He is not Frankenstein. Why didn’t she call her book “Dr. Frankenstein”? Then there would have been no misunderstandings…

When I finally finished reading this book I came to the conclusion that I did not get what I expected. I expected that she would describe exactly how Dr. Frankenstein created the creature, but she does none of that. Also, “Frankenstein” is a horror novel, but it has almost none of the frightening qualities Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” had.

Also, from the very beginning you know that both Dr. Frankenstein and the creature is doomed. You know they will come to an end – it’s just a matter of fact which one will die first. I also didn’t have any pity for either of them. To me Dr. Frankenstein is the true “monster”/”murderer” of the novel. Maybe that’s what Mary Shelley was trying to suggest through her ambiguous title?

The prologue was a little confusing and dragged out. The novel starts with the correspondence between a brother, Walton,  and his sister, Margaret. I kept thinking just get to the point already! What does this have to do with the whole story?  It’s only when he finally meets Dr. Frankenstein when things fall into place.

The last few chapters the plot was absolutely riveting – my eyes were literally glued to the pages! I kept thinking the pages are running out and there is so much that can and should still happen.

A definitive must-read!

3/5

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In search of…

Today I went off to the library in search of a copy of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein. Apparently “Frankenstein” is not in circulation yet – YET? – and all the copies of “Dracula” are missing. Hmmm, it must be a really special book to be missing then.

My trip to the library also got me thinking – how many people still go to a public building to take out a physical book? How long will libraries still exist? I’m probably the only young adult that still does this.

The thing is… I pretty much grew up in a library. I still remember my first books that I took out was just picture books with a single word printed on them. Then going through the phase of reading books with pictures to books with only words in them. The library I grew up in is like my second home. My escape from reality.

Now I also remember seeing “Dracula” in Exclusive books or was it Graffiti or Bargain Books. I should have bought it…

Now I’m googling it… some of these covers are really disturbing…

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