Author: Mary Shelley
This is my 1st book of the year
This is the story of Victor Frankenstein - a scientist who created an unnamed creature as an experiment. Victor is horrified by what he creates and shuns it to an unkind world. Thus what begins is constant rejection based on how the creature looks to humans and people are killed in the creature's revenge. Victor catches up with his creation to try and find out what it wants and when he refuses the creature's request, the creature vows to take away everything Victor loves.
This book is one that I have wanted to read, but have never gotten to before. I received a leather bound addition as a present and decided it was time to tackle it. The writing is wonderful. I have never seen the movie, but in doing some research have found that the creature in Mary Shelley's novel is very different than the non-verbal, grunting creature in the film. This creature is eloquent in speech and his desires for companionship. For an author who wrote this in 1817 at the age of 18, it is truly impressive. She wrote it as a competition with w friend and it sets in motion one of the first science fiction novels.
Glad I read it - it wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be. A good book to add to the shelf.