Victor Frankenstein is an exuberant student of natural philosophy, eager to explore the science behind the various phenomenon. When his studies propel him further into the folds of life and creation, Victor’s desire to achieve the impossible manifest in the form of a creature he brings to life.
Horrified by the grotesque appearance of the being, Victor shuns him. And in doing so, sets in motion a series of calamitous events.
Mary Shelley’s writing is imbued with the intricacies of Victor Frankenstein’s field of study. It delves into his time at university and builds on the knowledge he has gained.
I found the book to be quite overwhelming and draggy for the most part. And that was due to the prolonged exploration of the most minute occurrence as well as certain scientific topics.
Were it not a gothic classic, I’d have DNF-ed it early on. The only reason I managed to finish reading it was because I was curious to see how the story would conclude.
The plot in itself is an intriguing one. The author precisely demonstrates the fervour with which Victor takes to his education. Placing a human at the helm of such power serves the purpose of displaying just how shallow-minded and cruel mankind can be.
I couldn’t help but feel bad for the creature, as he repeatedly sought Victor’s help, but none was forthcoming. And that too despite being blameless in the beginning.
Overall, I wouldn’t say that you should pass up reading this book. But if you are a beginner reader, it might take you a while to fully comprehend the author’s writing.