Thursday, May 12, 2011

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Rating: Adore
Alerts/Warnings: There are issues of grave robbing, death and dismemberment, as well as murder and arson.
Premise: The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship …and horror. (

Opinions: I have to say that I read this book in college for a class to learn about the different ways to analyze books (i.e. Feminist, Marxist, Historical, Freudian etc). Each week we looked at this book from a different perspective. We studied this book for 12 of the 14 weeks of the semester. And coming out of it, I still love it. I have never gotten sick of the many layers of this book. It is a deep and thoughtful journey on making life and the responsibility that we bring to those we create. It also deals with the issues of appearance and loneliness. It is a fabulous book. Okay, and honestly, there are some sections that make you cringe a little bit (the whole procuring the body parts stuff) but overall it is a very thought-provoking piece.
PS My college professor led a lengthy discussion on how Frankenstein and Brittany Spears were alike. And surprisingly, we came up with many (in all seriousness). Yeah, that makes you want to read it now, huh?

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