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Frankenstein : Collins Classics - Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

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Published: 1st April 2010
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'It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...'

Written when Mary Shelley was only nineteen-years old, this chilling tale of a young scientist’s desire to create life still resonates today. Victor Frankenstein’s monster is stitched together from the stolen limbs of the dead, and the result is a grotesque being who, rejected by his maker, sets out on a journey to reek his revenge.

In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness with rich language and evocative imagery.

About the Author

Mary Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein : or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

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4.0

A Timeless Classic

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from Canberra

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Difficult to Speed-Read
  • This Print is Quite Small to Read

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Older Readers
  • Studying Literature
  • Travel Reading
  • Younger Readers

Comments about Frankenstein:

I studied Frankenstein for Year 12 English, and if I still think it's a great novel after studying it, it must be good.
It's a Gothic novel with some incredibly insightful themes that are still applicable today (maybe even more so with technology; it was written in 1818 by a 21 year old woman). It can be a little bit of a chore to read because it's so eloquent and expressive, but that's typically how books were written at the time, and it added a layer of depth to the story.
The monster was incredibly eloquent and complex, Dr Frankenstein was (nearly) everything an immoral mad scientist could be. I learnt a lot and will likely read this multiple times (but maybe after the school experience has worn off).

 
5.0

I was delighted this Classic arrived so quickly!

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from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • I bought this as a Christmas present
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Nothing to criticise.

Best Uses

  • ALL readers! NOT a horror story
  • Gift
  • Older Readers
  • Reference
  • Younger Readers

Comments about Frankenstein:

This is a wonderful yet short example of Victorian literature. A " Must Read"

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ISBN: 9780007350964
ISBN-10: 0007350961
Series: Collins Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st April 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 11.1 x 17.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.134