Synopsis: At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
I will be the first to admit that I’m not very into classics. I haven’t read many, that is true. Yet quite a few of the ones I have read, especially in recent years, I haven’t enjoyed. For example, The Great Gatsby. I loathe that book. Or the Picture of Dorian Gray. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. I actually have no real feelings about it. Lord of the Rings however, I love. I keep wanting to try classics, because I want to know why people love them so much. I’m happy to report that I quite enjoyed Frankenstein!
I liked the way this story was written. At first, I was very confused because we follow a man who is not Victor Frankenstein. It’s a man who’s trying to find a crew to sail to the coldest places. No one wants to go there obviously, because they are afraid of sinking the ship and/or freezing to death. I was like: who is this person? What does this have to do with the story? Until the men on board see a sled being pulled by a dog. The sled contains a man, who is so exhausted, dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia that he can barely stand. They bring him on board, and help him get a bit better. That’s when the stranger on the sled starts telling his story. He happens to be called Victor Frankenstein.
Like I mentioned, I quite liked reading this book. I was interested in figuring out Frankenstein’s story, especially in how it ended. It’s the first classic I didn’t have to force myself to pick up again after putting it down. Although this is a classic horror story, I didn’t think it was gory, scary or any of those adjectives. I found it more…sad? And tragic! I felt really bad for most of the characters. I think this story raised a lot of questions surrounding humanity and compassion which I found really interesting.
However. I was left with a lot of questions surrounding this book. Here are some of them.
1. What happened to the dog they found him with? Did they just leave it there to die?
2. Did he not wonder what happened to his creation for 2 years?
3. How utterly depressed is this guy?
4. Am I the only one who thought it kind of gross that he marries someone who calls him cousin?