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The Folio Society 2004 hardcover introduction by Miranda Seymour Illustrated by Harry Brockway, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


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The Folio Society 2004 hardcover introduction by Miranda Seymour Illustrated by Harry Brockway, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

17 review for Frankenstein (The Folio Society)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    If you think you know the story of Frankenstein from the assimilation of other media, I would implore you to give this a try. Frankenstein is a bit of a conundrum at first. You are following a story, being told in a story, being relayed to someone else through means of a letter. At times you delve one story further into the inception in this novel. Once you get past this though, you are treated to a tale that is surprisingly very relatable to topics we experience throughout the modern day. I foun If you think you know the story of Frankenstein from the assimilation of other media, I would implore you to give this a try. Frankenstein is a bit of a conundrum at first. You are following a story, being told in a story, being relayed to someone else through means of a letter. At times you delve one story further into the inception in this novel. Once you get past this though, you are treated to a tale that is surprisingly very relatable to topics we experience throughout the modern day. I found that the language was not very difficult at all to comprehend despite the fact the book is over 200 years old. Story: The story follows a young man attempting to voyage into uncharted waters to find fame and acclaim. It is in the middle of this search for acclaim that he encounters the well educated Victor Frankenstein towards the tail end of his tale. Upon hearing the young man's intent, he tries to dissuade him by relating to him his plight. “Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be his world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.” The story of Victor Frankenstein is initially the story of a young man infatuated with the philosophers of old. He is mocked and laughed for believing in the science of old, that promised lofty things but never delivered, and is encouraged to seek out the enlightened science of the day, which in contrast promised very little, but always delivered. Frankenstein is the story of a man with very high intellect, who is determined to achieve those lofty goals that were proposed by philosophers of old. In pursuit of these ambitions, he ignores the natural way of things and creates a monster. I see a similarity to the story of Icarus who flew too close to the sun. He is dismayed at what he has done and is immediately repentant. I won't spoil it for you, but from this point onwards it deviates from most of the other adaptations of this novel. I was surprised to see how several characters could at times feel relatable and inspired empathy despite their misgivings. This novel also made me think on how modern day science seems to promote the idea of separation of morality and science and the extreme dangers of that state of mind. It is a short read, definitely worth picking up, and still remains relevant to this day. This folio society edition included AMAZING illustrations that really brought the tale to life, highly recommend it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Contresse

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dave Beeman

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    mr c holland

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    Reinhardt

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    Michael

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    Maxine Hargreaves

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    Erin

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    Kaitlyn

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    Reija

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    Jim Buzbee

  15. 4 out of 5

    David4439

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shenyana

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reading in the Rockies

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