The Outlaw Josie’s CBR-III Review #26: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

The whole book is a consideration of what it means to be human: is it the human body? Language? Speech? Social interaction? Through Frankenstein’s tale, we are able to consider each, on our own and through the reactions of the characters in the book. It’s really an exceptional story, and the writing is beautiful. I highly recommend this one, to be read when you have plenty of time to consider it. Mary Shelley is an interesting story in and of herself, too – she published this in 1816, when suffice to say, not too many women were publishing. She came up with the idea during a vacation with Lord freaking Byron and her husband, when they were stuck indoors by rainy weather brought on by volcanic eruptions. Yes really. They spent the time discussing things including galvanism or animation, and reading German ghost stories. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a guarantee that the product of such a vacation will be awesome!

Read the rest of the review at The Outlaw Josie Brown…


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