Friday, December 7, 2012

Frankenstein - by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

(US Edition)  (UK Edition)

"Frankenstein" is an 1818 novel by English writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)  She was 21 in 1818. It was revised in 1831 and that became the popular edition that is usually read today.  This is that 1831 edition, free for Amazon Kindle readers.

I am already far north of London, and as I walk in the streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves and fills me with delight. Do you understand this feeling? This breeze, which has travelled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight.

Not to worry, this is not a travel book, it is the horror story you know  . . .

My promise fulfilled, the monster would depart forever. Or (so my fond fancy imaged) some accident might meanwhile occur to destroy him and put an end to my slavery forever.
This is an epistolary novel, written in letter form.  It is considered an early form of science fiction by a writer who was part of the Romantic movement and who also wrote in the Gothic style.  That is a lot to put on one book - but it is a special novel.  It has to be to have lived so long and to have gone through so many incarnations.
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