Listing books by Mary Shelley
|Full title||Frankenstein [permalink]|
|Alternative title||or, The Modern Prometheus|
|Authors||Mary Shelley (author) and Margaret Brantley (supplemental)|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|Categories||Gothic and novel|
|Original publication year||1818|
|ISBN||978-0-7434-8758-0 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
An explorer of the North Pole picks up a weary and battered Victor Frankenstein. Victor is on the run from his creation, who is trying to kill him. The captain of the ship listens to Frankenstein's story (which makes up the meat of the novel).
What struck me about the novel was how mild-mannered, eloquent, and initially innocent Frankenstein's so-called monster is. The monster spends a good chunk of the novel in the forest, trying to make a living, and he meets a family living in a forest cabin.
This novel is a classic, and extremely well-written. I heartily recommend it. If you're not versed in Victorian English I recommend that you get a version with notes to explain language usage. Otherwise, a lot of things won't make sense.