Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

With Halloween casting its spooky spell over us on October 31st, it’s the perfect time to revisit a classic horror favourite – Frankenstein.

9780199537167 book review“The merest mention of that name conjures up images of lurching, green-skinned, bolt-necked giants – but those familiar images are largely products of decades of Hollywood re-imagining. The original (and best, in my opinion!) tale of Frankenstein is found in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus.

Obsessed with discovering the secrets of existence, ambitious young scientist Victor Frankenstein builds a creature out of stolen corpses. But once he brings his creature to life, Frankenstein is horrified by what he has made. Unable to cope, he flees, abandoning his creation entirely. Helpless, confused, and lonely, the creature seeks out love and comfort. But his grotesque look and giant size scares people, and instead of finding any kindness in the world, the creature meets with only fear, hatred, and violence. The creature’s hope turns to sadness, then to rage, and finally to an obsessive need for revenge.

Even though Frankenstein was first published in 1818, nearly 200 years ago, the themes and dilemmas raised by the book are more relevant today than ever. What does it mean to be human? What limits should be placed on scientific experiments? Why do we fear those who look different from us? Is evil a natural state, or is it created by circumstance?

It’s not the kind of gory horror story that will make you jump at every turn; the horror in this book is all too human. A dark, tense, and unsettling novel, Frankenstein is the perfect read to set your nerves on edge this Halloween.”

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A big thank you to Anne-Marie from the Co-op at Griffith University’s Logan Campus for this special Halloween edition book review of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus.

Interested in reading Frankenstein? You can get it here.

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