Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • October 24, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever

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  • Diana C.

    I am going to work late tomorrow so I'm unable to attend. The discussion will surely be interesting and if I can free up I will certainly be there.

    October 23, 2013

  • Susan P.

    So sad! I am unable to make the meet up tomorrow night. I am so sorry to cancel. This is going to be a great book to review!

    October 23, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I have to go to Atlanta for work so I'm going to miss this.

    October 13, 2013

  • Leslie C

    I'm about 80% through this book. I don't remember it, so maybe I didn't read it in high school. All my memories about this book must be based on Frankenstein movies, which don't match the book as far as I can remember.

    October 8, 2013

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