Synopsis: Victor Frankenstein leads a dream life: he is surrounded by a loving family and his best friend, he never lacks anything, he is the best student his university has ever had,and he is constantly reaching newer heights in the field of science.However, his life takes a different turn when he succeeds at the audacious task of bestowing life on a corpse. What happens next? You’ll have to read the book and see for yourself.
Reasons why you might want to ‘Frankenstein’:
1.The real thing!
Cartoons and movies erroneously call the monster ‘Frankenstein’.Likewise, it is often portrayed as a dumb creature,bereft of independent thinking and intelligence, when it is actually a pretty intelligent being. In fact, when you’ll read ‘Frankenstein’,you’ll see,for the first time ever, the creature in a different light. (I won’t tell you more,because I don’t want to include spoilers here.) In short, you’ll get to know lots of things about Frankenstein and the monster,that you probably wouldn’t have thought about.
2. The prose.
The prose in this book is excellent. Shelley is an adept at story-telling and,through her descriptions, knows how to make beautiful, the most ordinary of things. Besides, the prose really translates the mood of the story as well as the feelings of the author.
3. Not as ordinary as you think.
If you think ‘Frankenstein’ is solely about the conflict between a monster and its creator, then you’re wrong. Shelley gives incredible depth to her characters,hence adding pathos to their stories. So,it is no wonder these stories are filled with morals. If you’re sharp enough,you’ll be able to unveil all the subliminal messages found in ‘Frankenstein’ and understand why it ranks among the best books of all time.
Reasons why you might not like ‘Frankenstein’:
1. The prose.
There are two ways of looking at the prose: one might opine that it enhances the book, whereas another might consider it as boring and useless. Indeed, Shelley takes more than 1 page to describe the gorgeous landscapes of Geneva,and often, you have to go through lots of such descriptions before getting back to the storyline. In this sense, Shelley’s descriptions are digressions that can be at times frustrating.So,if you’re not so patient a reader, ‘Frankenstein’ might not be a book for you.
2. The mood
As I said earlier, Shelley explores some serious themes in ‘Frankenstein’. Consequently, there is no humour in the book. Indeed,let alone the poignancy of the story, the tone of Frankenstein is always pessimistic while the monster’s is always serious and cold. In this respect, the mood in ‘Frankenstein’ is a far cry from the witty humour in ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and from the childish naivety in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ So, since it is filled with so much despondency, ‘Frankenstein’ might be a strenuous book to read.
3. Its predictability
The beginning of the book is very intriguing,for Shelley’s original story gives us a newer and deeper insight into the lives of Frankenstein and his monster. However, once you get acquainted with the elements of the story – Victor, his monster, his friend, his family, his tragic destiny,ect- you’ll find the story to be rather predictable. For instance, when you reach the middle of the story, you’ll be able to guess who will die next,what will happen next,and so forth.So, at times, due to its predictability, ‘Frankenstein’ can be boring.
Verdict : ‘Frankenstein’ should be read because it obliterates all the ludicrous stereotypes that revolve around the monster and its creator-it is filled with elements that producers omitted in their cartoons and movies. In addition,the moral of the story is totally worth reading the book. However, you might find it boring because of its prose and predictability. So, all in all,this book is perfect for a very patient reader.It might appeal to other kinds of readers as well, but there is no guarantee that they will enjoy the book as much as a patient reader would.