I’ve finished my first book of the year, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
I am always interested in WHY someone reads a book. So I always like to tell people what motivated me to read certain books!
My main reasons for reading this book:
1) I bought it for $2 from an op shop, as one of those old classic stories that I’d love to read one day, and it has been on my shelf for years.
2) My oldest son starts Year 11 this year. I was very sad he didn’t choose to do English Literature… and I discovered that the first novel that was being studied in English Lit was Frankenstein. So I felt that someone in this house had to read it!
3) Frankenstein is considered as one of the very first science fiction novels.
4) The story was conceived when Mary was 18. It was published in 1818, when she was 20. And to put it into perspective, Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813.
What did I think?
I was surprised by a few things, as I had no idea of what the story was about – apart from cartoon depictions of Frankenstein’s monster being created on top of a dark tower.
It’s a short book and quite easy to read.
It does ramble around a bit, but that’s characteristic for early 19th novels.
The story is written with a frame narrative, where in this case, the main monster story is framed with subplot of a man (Walter) discovering Frankenstein the scientist in the North Pole, who shares his story of the last few years of his life (and making the monster), and the story eventually goes back Walter.
The actual “bringing the monster to life” scene was done in TWO sentences. I was a bit disappointed by that.
I had always thought the monster was mute. But he goes into a 6 chapter rant about how unhappy his existence was!
Overall, I really liked it and totally recommend it to other book nerds!