Frankenstein - Puffin Classics Author:Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley This is the story of young Victor Frankenstein, who longed to seek out the answers to life and death. Day and night he worked to create something that the world had never seen. But he did not know that one day his efforts would destroy him and everything he had. Chris Mould's unique style brings Mary Shelley's classic story dramatically to life... more ». With color illustrations that capture the dark mood of the monster's plight, Mould follows the story from the sweeping icescapes of the Arctic through the birth of the monster and his escape, and on to the tale's tragic end. Children and adults alike will be entranced by this riveting introduction to Frankenstein.« less
I am a literature major and I have read, analyzed and studied this book and also taught it! I love it. This book is packed full of themes and ideas and a very insightful look at human nature. This is not an easy read but instead one meant to be studied, savored and enjoyed. Highly Recommended!!!!
I am saddened that the movies missed much of the story of Frankenstein. Turning this classic into a generic mindless monster. The horror is in the anatomy project that creates life and in the thoughts that surround who is responsible for a being when it is created or born.
Around Halloween I try to read classic horror novels. This year I decided to finally read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Wow, it is amazing how different this story is than the widely thought of Universal Monsters version of Frankenstein's monster. Most of the book is told in flashback by Victor Frankenstein. It's a bit slow going in the beginning, but it picks up about half way through and the last 80 pages or so really shine. Victor Frankenstein is picked up nearly frozen to death by a sailing vessel in the far North. He's obviously been chasing after something. The captain of the sailing vessel befriends Victor who eventually tells the Capt how he came to be in the far North. And the story begins.
Throw out what you think you know about this story, it will surprise you on many different levels. Another surprise is the language. It's not a flowery, stilted writing style seen in many classics. This is easier to understand. Still flowery and a little ornate, but it's easy to read.
I recommend this book to any horror fan. It is a classic and, now that I read it, I can see why.