BOOK REVIEW: Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley


Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Genre: Classics, Fiction, Horror
First published: 1818
Finished reading: June 16th 2015
Pages: 273
Rating 4

“If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us.”


I haven’t been too lucky with my choices in classics lately, but Frankenstein surely is an exception. I really enjoyed this classic horror story written by Mary Shelley back in 1818. The prose is beautifully written and I like the way she described the psychological reactions of both Dr. Frankenstein and his creation. It shows that the creature has a conscience as well and wants to be accepted like any other human being… Sure, his feelings and actions are extreme, but it is easy to understand the hidden meaning behind this story. I don’t know why I haven’t read this classic before, but I will definitely revisit this story by Mary Shelley at some point in the future. Definitely better than some modern Frankenstein adaptations!


Victor Frankenstein has loved science ever since he was little, and he is currently obsessed by discovering how to generate life and animate lifeless matter. His father and college professors alike think he is wasting his time, but Victor never gives up on his experiments. Frankenstein starts putting a human being together from stolen body parts. His creature is bigger than a normal human being to make his work easier and he turns out to be quite hideous. When Frankenstein actually succeeds in bringing his creation to life, he recoils from it and the creature escapes. At first this creature doesn’t understand his own existence, but he slowly learns more about it and is starting to feel tormented by his loneliness. He blames his creator Frankenstein and starts looking for revenge…


Frankenstein is not just another classic; it’s a brilliant horror story where Mary Shelley uses her characters to show the deeper meaning of life, creation and the necessity of belonging somewhere. It reads easily even though it was written almost two centuries ago and the questions the novel raises are still relevant today. Definitely recommended if you like a good horror story!

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  7. Enjoyed your review! A year ago, I concluded my own with “Its theme and plot, produced in 21st century novelistic language would, I think, find a worldwide readership today.” [] I’m happy to stand by that opinion.

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    • Thank you! I can totally agree with that. It is a perfect horror story with a moral that will appeal to an even bigger audience if rewritten in a more modern language. I still very much appreciate the prose Mary Shelley used though, although I know it probably might not be for everyone.


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