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Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

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ISBN 10: 144481897X / ISBN 13: 9781444818970
Published by Ulverscroft Softcover, 2014
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Title: Frankenstein

Publisher: Ulverscroft Softcover

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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Synopsis:

As a boy in Switzerland in the early 1800s, Victor Frankenstein witnesses lightning strike an oak tree and is inspired to become a scientist, harnessing the power of electricity to animate a creature made of assembled human body parts. Hoping his creation would be beautiful, Victor is horrified to discover that it is instead hideous, and he abandons it and flees. Rejected by both Victor and society, the creature vows revenge on his creator. Victor is relentlessly pursued by the creature - and in turns punished by the consequences of his own actions - until the culmination of the deadly chase in the frozen wastes of the North Pole.

Review:

Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image ... but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates.

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