Thoughts   Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dover Publications 1994 (orig pub’d 1831), 166 pages  (or 9 CDs)

Genre:  Classic?   Horror?!    Challenge:  RIP V.

I was listening to the audio* of this but it was due back to the library before I made it even 2/3 of the way.   I returned it.   I was having trouble focusing on it anyway or I was laughing at all the “WRETCHEDNESS!!!”-esses so floweryly** expressed.

I still own the book so maybe, someday, I’ll pick it up again.   I have this funny feeling that in a class with the right teacher, this would be a fascinating look at ‘humanity.’

DNF = Did Not Finish.

* If you missed my bad poetry review that I wrote awhile back, you didn’t really miss anything.
** What?  Don’t like floweryly?   flowerily?  oh well.   It seems to be the best word I could invent that fit.


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20 Responses to “Frankenstein”

  1. 1 bermudaonion October 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Flowery writing is probably best read, not listened to.

    • 2 Care October 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

      Yes, it was a bit distracting! I would hear a phrase like ‘the astonishment which I had first experienced gave place to delight and rapture’ and I would think to myself, ‘delight and rapture?!’ and then miss the next 5 minutes rethinking the phrase…

  2. 3 softdrink October 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Well, you know how I felt about this one, so I applaud your decision to not finish.

  3. 5 Dorte H October 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I might not have read if if I hadn´t been a teacher, but as it is, I found several aspects to like, e.g. the theme of men playing Gods (or women?) by giving life to a creature :D

  4. 7 Erin October 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I haven’t read this one, and I’m not really sure I want to. Especially after your DNF review!

    • 8 Care October 21, 2010 at 11:48 am

      I must say that if I had realized it was intended as some kind of morality tale rather than an entertaining monster story, I probably would have been more ready for it. I started so confused. And as Kathy the BermudaOnion says, reading this is probably better than listening. Listening might be better as a RE-read.

  5. 9 Marie October 21, 2010 at 7:08 am

    When I tried to read this I found it was too different from the popular culture notions of Frankenstein for me to get into it- it just wasn’t what I expected. Oh well! :-)

  6. 11 Amanda October 21, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Sorry you didn’t make it through. I really enjoyed Frankenstein, but then again, I DID read it with a class and that might have made all the difference in the world.

    • 12 Care October 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

      Amanda, I do think I came into it with the WRONG expectations. I can see why it is a classic and maybe now that I know it isn’t just an entertaining monster story, I could be compelled to try it again. Maybe annotated next time?

  7. 13 Jeanne October 21, 2010 at 11:43 am

    It’s hard to get in the mood for the idea of humanity as wretched when you have a new puppy around.

  8. 17 Debi October 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Well, I for one, will not argue with your decision to not renew it. I still have to say that I’m glad you started it though–’cause I still love your poem! :D

  9. 19 Valerie October 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    When I read this last year for Dueling Monsters, I got a copy that had the two versions of Frankenstein…the earlier version was written by Mary Shelley herself; and then the second edition was edited and influenced by her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. He should have left it alone — it’s more flowery than the original was!

    • 20 Care October 28, 2010 at 8:14 am

      Valerie! I can’t find any ref to whether or not mine was the edited and enhanced(?) version or the orig. VERY interesting. I’m glad I own the book – and I love the cover. Maybe someday I will really sit and read the whole thing. I was amazed how long it was for a 160 page book.

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