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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.

‐ Mary Shelly, Frankenstein

What is the book about?

The need to belong. Often misrepresented in modern films the monster created by Frankenstein is abandoned by his creator and has no guidance, no moral compass and so feels only rage. This rage and yearning for acceptance causes him to harm Frankenstein cruelly and then he comes to his senses after it’s too late.

What was good about it?

It interweaves theological, scientific and social dilemmas very well and gives humanity to the characters.

What didn’t you like? (if anything)

At times it felt a little bit rushed and it lacked any real twists and turns in the plot.

Did it bring something positive to you?

The book inspired me to read more and learn more about the history of the time, because of this book I discovered Shelley and Keats.

Would you recommend it to others? Why?

I think this is a book everyone should read. If only so they can understand differences between the points of the story and the awful films.