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21 July 2012 / getrus

Frankenstein — Mary Shelley

Having known the outline of the story of Frankenstein I was surprised at how different the novel was from what I had originally thought it would be.  Victor Frankenstein grew up with loving parents, an adoptive sister and two younger brothers.  He goes to school and here he begins to study reanimation, eventually after a time creating his monster.  Whom he instantly regrets bringing to life.

His monster flees and Victor forgets the fiend is out there at all until he is called home to discover the murder of his youngest brother and the accused a young woman who had been a maid in the household and considered part of the family.

Victor goes through many trials eventually meeting his monster face to face (whom I found to be very well spoken and had he not been so grotesque, would have been welcomed in Society.)  Frankenstein’s monster ultimately destroys his creator’s happiness and ultimately drives him to his death.

While it took me several days to finally finish this book I found it highly enjoyable, although I felt sorry for both man and monster which seemed to be the downfall of the other.  And there were times when unbidden my mind would bring up haunting violin music, Gene Wilder, and a distinctive rendition of ‘Puttin on the Ritz.

**** (Four Stars)


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