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The Original Gothic-Horror Literary Classic! Mary Shelley's deceptively simple story of Victor Frankenstein and the creature he brings to life, first ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.715

An Obsession Gone Awry

by FanOfTimeLifeBooks on Nov 26, 2011

Frankenstein is one of the great classics of horror literature. Wanting to overcome death and disease, Victor Frankenstein seeks to create life. In the process he builds a monster from graveyards and slaughter houses. The monster comes to life and wants to be loved. However, the monster's unpleasant appearance makes it difficult for others to show compassion. The only person who offers any sort of kindness is blind. The monster eventually stalks and torments its creator. Ironically, Frankenstein loses some of his loved ones at the hands of the powerful monster he created. Though this version from the Treasury of Illustrated Classics is an adaptation designed for younger readers, it is still a powerful and compelling story. The book concludes with a short biographical profile of Mary Shelley. Highly recommended.

Michael M

Great Book

by Michael M on Jun 30, 2011

Never read Frankenstein before only saw the various movies that were produced. I found the book more insightful and the story better told.


The Modern Prometheus

by Louise on Apr 17, 2011

Once this story starts rolling, it is very difficult to put down. The story is woven in such a way that you become absorbed in the narrative. I had seen the movies but the only one that comes close is the Kenneth Branaugh Version with Robert deNiro playing the Monster. But the book is definately better than any movie version. The descriptions are wonderful. The handling of a subject matter that would have been way beyond the authors knowledge of the time is bluffed very well. The ending is ambiguous and may be the least satisfying if you are into Good vs. Evil and Good wins stereotype endings. Nonetheless, this is a timeless classic, which covers topics highly discussed and written about in the 21st century.

by Maggy on Feb 15, 2010

This novel, supposedly written during a drug party with the poets Byron and Shelley, after Mary Shelley suffered a miscarriage, is a narrative. There is something inherently terrifying about hearing the stories of Frankenstein and his monster, passionately written as a journal found by a sailor. And, unlike Stephen King, both the story and the writing are flawless.


A must-read

by Ellyb on Nov 13, 2009

Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" rightly has a place in the pantheon of classic literature. Equally horrifying and profoundly saddening, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the creature whom he abandons has stood (and will continue to stand) as a grim indictment of society's creation of its own monsters. "Frankenstein" is a wonderful, strange, and thought-provoking read.

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