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Frankenstein: Or the modern Prometheus

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Frankenstein: Or the modern Prometheus

Post Number:#1 by Artdude
» 28 Nov 2011, 12:39

I had to give it it's full name: more people should. I think it's very important, if only for the sound of it.

Re-read this last night, and had forgotten how truly fantastic it was. Very interested in the contrast between 'light and dark', 'creator and creation', and (then) new world science. Brilliantly written, if only for the bit where Victor Frankenstein wakes up and the monster is looming above him. Just fantastic.

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Re: Frankenstein: Or the modern Prometheus

Post Number:#2 by michelet3005
» 14 Nov 2012, 19:08

I read this book in high school. I actually did a comparison between this and Forrest Gump. I think it's totally amazing. It's disappointing 'Hollywood' got a hold of it and turned the Frankenstein Monster into a terrible idiotic creature. I was so in love with this book. I really connected with the Frankenstein Monster. His desire to be loved and accepted, his dispair when society rejected him, his anger for revenge. It's such a well written book. Even though it was written so long ago I would recommend this to anyone.
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Post Number:#3 by anijoan
» 15 Nov 2012, 00:19

I have read this while completing my bachelor's degree in Biophysics. This is an absolutely brilliant insight into the world of creation, responsibility, technological advance and its consequences. We strive to keep pushing the boundaries of nature and call it achievement, but our creations contain destructive powers that we cannot contain once set in motion. Incredible read !
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Post Number:#4 by Jbennett96
» 18 Dec 2014, 09:07

Although this book was assigned to me as an English text to be studied, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

The novel was so different to my initial thoughts on what it would be. It isn't a tale about a monster with a bolt through his neck with a mad scientist screaming "ITS ALIVE", it's about a creature trying to find his place in the world.

The language of Frankenstein is quite complex and sometimes requires some double reading of lines to fully understand but for good reason, this book was written quite a while ago. However it is still relevant today. It successfully questions why we react to things that don't quite fit in. Everyone reacts with horror to the sight of the gentle creature that after such treatment turns monstrous.

All in all this book although complex, was a perfect example of an early horror novel that really digs deep to ask the dark questions of our human existence.
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Post Number:#5 by mmsv010929
» 18 Dec 2014, 09:31

One of my all-time favourites. People always give me a funny look when I say that because "I don't come across as someone who would enjoy monster stories". I simply tell them they need to read it and they will understand.

I love the relationships that develop throughout the book and seeing how the characters change as the story progresses. The writing is incredible. I get something new out of it every time I re-read it. As I mentioned on another forum, my copy is starting to fall apart because I've read it so many times and made so many notes in the margins.

Great read!
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