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Book Thoughts: Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

FRANKENSTEIN (illustrated, complete and definitive 1831 edition) by [SHELLEY, MARY]


Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Genre: Fiction /Classic/ Horror
First published: 1818
Edition: Kindle e-book – illustrated 1831 edition

Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. 

Frankenstein is one of those classics that pretty much everyone has heard of and it took me far too long to read it.

It is not that I struggled with this novel exactly, but I did not love the writing as much as I wanted to, as I felt I should. I admired it and liked it, but I was not quite compelled by the story. I cannot quite put my finger on it. Maybe I expected it to be more atmospheric than it was? More graphic in regard to the assembly of the monster? Maybe a bit of both of those.

It does not feel like a book written by a young woman. It feels mature and I found it surprisingly dense in places for a shortish novel. I enjoyed it, and I found it a very interesting fascinating read, but I cannot say I absolutely loved it.

I am really glad that I finally read Frankenstein and I would definitely recommend giving it a read. It’s a perfect autumn read.

5 out of 7 stars

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