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Frankenstein (Paperback)

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Since it was first published in 1818, Mary Shelley's seminal novel has generated countless print, stage and screen adaptations, but none has ever matched the power and philosophical resonance of the original. Composed as part of a challenge with Byron and Shelley to conjure up the most terrifying ghost story, Frankenstein narrates the chilling tale of a being created by a bright young scientist and the catastrophic consequences that ensue. Considered by many to be the first science-fiction novel, the tragic tale of Victor Frankenstein and the tortured creation he rejects is a classic fable about the pursuit of knowledge, the nature of beauty and the monstrosity inherent to man.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryHorrorFiction & PoetryScience FictionClassic science fiction Publisher: Alma Books Ltd Publication Date: 16/01/2014 ISBN-13: 9781847493507  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Although Frankenstein dominates the legacy of Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851), she was a prolific author of novels, stories, articles and political writings, which left a lasting impression on nineteenth-century thought.

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The story of how the novel came to be written - a trip along the Rhine, a sojourn on the banks of Lake Geneva and friends, including Byron and Shelley and the eighteen year old Mary, daring one another one to tell ghost stories - is as famous as the novel itself. I first knew the story from the small and big screen. When I finally read the book, I discovered that it was extraordinary: faith, the occult and alchemy, the blurred line between good science and bad, a story that was moving, sad, elegant, subtle and full of jeopardy. Victor Frankenstein and the Monster he creates are both terribly human, wounded creatures, both beautiful and repulsive. The story is one of the collision of science and faith, of the terrible unintended consequences of our choices, of prejudice, of the possibility of love. The gloomy university laboratory in Ingolstadt and the isolated 1am streets, the magnificence of the isolated Orkney Islands and, finally, the incredible final scenes of death, remorse and grief out on the ice floes make this both a superb Gothic novel and a work of imaginative genius. Its power has not diminished, as the success of Nick Dear and Danny Boyle's stage version at the National Theatre in 2011 proved.

Kate Mosse - 08/09/2014

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