Frankenstein | Mary Shelley

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2021: Book #17

“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.”

Sounds like something from Proverbs doesn’t it?

It’s not.

Possibly a quote from some leading evangelical pastor?

Wrong again.

It’s by Mary Shelley and her book, “Frankenstein.”

Yes, that’s from her famed book “Frankenstein.”

I just finished the book and it’s the version that Karen Swallow Prior has released which includes notes and questions.

As a kid, I was a monster geek.

I loved Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman and so on.

Full confession…I’m 53 and this is the first time I’ve ever read Frankenstein.

To my shock and delight, this story is not a monster story.

Shelley uses the created creature to wrestle with God.

What’s the purpose of the created?

What role does the creator have?

Why do we feel like a wretch most days?

Where does loneliness come from?

Does the creator owe the created certain joys and fulfillments?

What happens to the created when they choose to “kill” their creator?

You hear echoes of Job, Adam, and Eve; but mostly you read the words of a soul that is tormented of trying to find her reason for being alive.

This book is fascinating.

It’s also gut-wrenching.

Prior does an incredible job of framing the story, providing notes to help clarify words and phrases that are no longer in use today. Most helpful are the questions at the end of each section. She leads you on a discovery of the themes that Shelley is trying to express.

Hats off to Karen Swallow Prior.  This is a true triumph.

Also, Frankenstein is now quite possibly my favorite all-time fiction novel.

5 out of 5 stars.

Leaders are readers.

If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.

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