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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
FRANKENSTEIN MARY SHELLEY Few of us are entirely unfamiliar with the story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster. However, the lurid tale popularised by B grade cinema was originally a pensive and complex novel about mortality, hubris, love and grief. The tale of the mysterious Doctor Frankenstein is related as a story within a story (and occasionally a story within a story within a story) and backtracking is often required to keep characters and plot developments straight. However, Frankenstein is also an elegantly written and compulsively readable novel. Shelley's prose is as quotable as Shakespeare and suggestible readers will find themselves thrilled and deeply unsettled. 'an elegantly written and compulsively readable novel'