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Paperback Frankenstein Book

ISBN: 0486282112

ISBN13: 9780486282114


(Part of the Clássicos Zahar Series)

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Few creatures of horror have seized readers' imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The story of Victor Frankenstein's terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Considering the novel's enduring success, it is remarkable that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron's."We will each write a story," Byron...

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Not Very Good Condition

The cover was massively bent. Site said it was in very good condition and it's not. :(


The story itself is incredible but I’ll talk about the quality of the book. I received a charming little hardcover with crisp intact pages and even an attached ribbon bookmark. Mind wasn't precisely what the picture showed but I believe it to be an upgrade.

I wouldn't classify this as horror.

Many say this book belongs in the horror genre. While horror films have been adapted from the novel, I could not disagree more. Frankenstein is not a story about a monster set loose on the world; it is a story that wrestles with anthropology (what it means to be human) and human mortality. While there are heavy philosophical implications, my review is concerned with theology. Instead of grieving the loss of his mother, Dr. Victor Frankenstein throws himself into his work in the effort to resolve the problem of human mortality. He essentially plays God by creating a creature, “the monster.” Yet “the monster” is not a monster at all; at first, he is extremely gentle. People only treat him like a monster because of his hideousness, even his own creator. What makes Frankenstein’s “monster” into a monster is not the essence of his creation, but that he is rejected by his creator and the rest of humanity. The story therefore has four considerations: (1) Take care to take time to grieve your loss, lest it drives you to despair, or in Frankenstein’s case, insanity. (2) Desiring to be gods ourselves, we would make a miserable God and Creator. God alone is the perfect Creator. (3) There has been disorder and chaos since the Fall of Man, but imagine the chaos that would ensue if God our Creator altogether rejected us. And (4) what people has society rejected and therefore made into monsters? Who are the “monsters” among us, and how can we show them the love of our Creator?

Terrible condition! Looks okay when the book is shut.

My "very good" edition has highlighting and annotations every other line. False advertising and very disappointing. Would return it if it weren't for the opportunity cost.

Ordered this book but selected a different cover.

I choose this book title but with a different cover than the one I received.

Gothic at its best

Mary Shelley was the daughter of the famous feminist and author, Mary Wollstonecraft, who is best known for her work The Vindication of the Rights of Women. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a young university student, Victor Frankenstein, obsesses with wanting to know the secret to life. He studies chemistry and natural philosophy with the goal of being able to create a human out of spare body parts. After months of constant work in his laboratory, Frankenstein attains his goal and brings his creation to life. Frankenstein is immediately overwrought by fear and remorse at the sight of his creation, a "monster." The next morning, he decides to destroy his creation but finds that the monster has escaped. The monster, unlike other humans, has no social preparation or education; thus, it is unequipped to take care of itself either physically or emotionally. The monster lives in the forest like an animal without knowledge of "self" or understanding of its surroundings. The monster happens upon a hut inhabited by a poor family and is able to find shelter in a shed adjacent to the hut. For several months, the monster starts to gain knowledge of human life by observing the daily life of the hut's inhabitants through a crack in the wall. The monster's education of language and letters begins when he listens to one of them learning the French language. During this period, the monster also learns of human society and comes to the realization that he is grotesque and alone in the world. Armed with his newfound ability to read, he reads three books that he found in a leather satchel in the woods. Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther, Milton's Paradise Lost, and a volume of Plutarch's Lives. The monster, not knowing any better, read these books thinking them to be facts about human history. From Plutarch's works, he learns of humankind's virtues. However, it is Paradise Lost that has a most interesting effect on the monster's understanding of self. The monster at first identifies with Adam, "I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence." The monster, armed only with his limited education, thought that he would introduce himself to the cottagers and depend on their virtue and benevolence; traits he believed from his readings that all humans possessed. However, soon after his first encounter with the cottagers, he is beaten and chased off because his ugliness frightens people. The monster is overwrought by a feeling of perplexity by this reaction, since he thought he would gain their trust and love, which he observed them generously give to each other on so many occasions. He receives further confirmation of how his ugliness repels people when, sometime later, he saves a young girl from drowning and the girl's father shoots at him because he is frightful to look at. The monster quickly realizes that the books really lied to him. He found no benevolence or virtue among humans, even from his creator. At every turn in his l

Very thorough look at Mary Shelley's original work.

This Norton Critical Edition makes an excellent value in literature. If you are a student of literature, this volume will help you gain a thorough knowledge of Mary Shelley's original text (lots of context and critical essays included), as well as editions that followed. It contains her original preface (supposedly much influenced by Percy) as well as her 1830 preface. If you do not know, Mary's monster is not the monster one finds in the movies, nor is Dr. Frankenstein. Further, if you have not read an edition other than the first, you don't know about the incest issue that is in the first edition, but not later editions. As you will find in reviews below, this is not a flawless novel, but it is a must read for any well-read person. What is rarely discussed is the influence of John Locke, whose Essay Concerning Human Understanding Mary Shelley read closely just prior to writing the novel. The influence of his work on hers is substantial. Read in the light of Romanticism's reaction to the Enlightenment and Locke et al gives one a completely different perspective for understanding the work. I think you'll find Mary's philosophy appropriately and interestingly feminine, without being feminist; another surprise, considering her lineage. Definitely a good read!

praises for julian sands work

in my opinion julian sands did a superb job in making this audio tape, i admit i've been a great fan of his for a long time but he has a wonderful speaking voice and can really tell a story very very well. i highly recommend this audio tape to anyone who considers buying it.

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