Frankenstein The True Story Author:Christopher Isherwood copy published 1973 — Book is in play format. Based on the work of Mary W. Shelley — In this version, Dr. Victor Frankenstein is a sensitive young British surgeon grief-stricken over the death of his brother. A chance meeting with a Dr. Henry Clerval in a charity hospital changes his life. Cherval has been tinkering with reanimation and managed to... more » bring a severed arm back to life.
Clerval and Frankenstein steal the corpses of local peasants killed in a quarry accident and sew their undamaged pieces into a new body they hope to bring to life via solar energy. The night before the big experiment, Clerval has a seizure and dies. Frankenstein pays tribute to his dead colleague by removing his brain and putting it into their sewn-together corpse. When the sun starts to shine, the reanimation process begins and a monster is born.
But unlike the other Frankenstein monsters, this one isn?t ugly. Frankenstein can?t get over how lovely the monster is and he takes him home to his apartment. While the monster?s vocabulary is somewhat limited, Frankenstein is very happy with his creation. Perhaps a bit too happy: when Frankenstein returns home with a gift for the monster, his creation sneaks up from behind and locks him in a playful bear hug, causing both of them to break into uncontrollable giggles.
Things then get ugly. Actually, the monster gets ugly: his features begin to deteriorate and his appearance becomes misshapen. Frankenstein tries to hide the truth by breaking all of the mirrors in their apartment, but the monster discovers what?s up and becomes depressed. He attempts suicide by stabbing himself, but he doesn?t die. Then he runs off one of the White Cliffs of Dover and falls into the waves below, but he doesn?t drown. Frankenstein believes his monster is gone, and he runs off to marry Elizabeth, the vapid daughter of local gentry.
The monster falls into the possession of Dr. Polidori, who seems to come out of nowhere. Polidori is given to sardonic insults and belittles the monster endlessly with lines like ?I have no use for delicacy ? even in monsters? and ?It?s a wise monster who knows his own father? and ?He not only made you, he made a mess of you.? Inexplicably, Clerval?s brain channels its owner?s original voice and Polidori is delighted to discover this. It seems Clerval stole Polidori?s formulas for reanimation, but did not take all of the notes. Polidori expresses glee that Clerval got such weird comeuppance by having his brain trapped in a freakish being that can never die.
Polidori tracks down Frankenstein on his wedding day and forces the groom to leave his reception. Polidori is planning to bring another sewn-together body back to life and needs Frankenstein?s surgical help. The monster even lends a hand, providing the body of a peasant girl who fled from him and ran smack into an oncoming stagecoach. When the work is done, Polidori and Frankenstein imprison the monster in an abandoned building and set it on fire.
The new female monster is dubbed Prima and she is quite the dish. But Prima has issues: she tries to strangle a cat and breaks into balletic dance without warning. Frankenstein?s in-laws hold a party for Prima but the monster crashes the ball. Still smoking from his fiery imprisonment, he tears Prima?s head from her body.
Frankenstein and his wife get passage on a ship out of England. Unknown to them, Polidori is on the ship. Unknown to Polidori and the Frankensteins, the monster is also on board. The monster kills Polidori and Elizabeth and the ship?s crew abandons their vessel. Frankenstein is knocked unconscious and the monster, suddenly possessing maritime skills, sails the ship to the Arctic.
Frankenstein comes to and finds himself at the North Pole. He follows the monster to a crevice within a giant ice formation and loudly begs forgiveness. Due to his shouting, an avalanche begins. The monster and Frankenstein embrace as they are buried in the avalanche.« less