A review of Great Illustrated Classics: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, adapted by Malvina G. Vogel by The Girl (age 11)
The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of FRANKENSTEIN. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship…and horror. (publisher’s summary)
This is my favorite quote from the fiction thriller Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
“The dim light of the moon shone through the window into my bedroom. As my eyes flew open, the moonlight revealed the huge figure of the monster as he lifted up the curtains around my bed.” (page 48)
The main character is Victor Frankenstein, who made the monster. Victor, through most of the story, is trying to stop the monster from killing more innocent people. The setting is various countries, like Switzerland and Russia, because Victor travels for most of the book.
I think the most interesting part of the book was when the monster was telling his story to Victor because you realize why the monster became mean. The book grabbed my attention, and I didn’t want to put it down. It is about 240 pages, and I finished it the same day I started it. I liked that it includes illustrations because I found them interesting. They give you an idea of what the monster looked like, but I still pictured him differently. It says the monster has yellow skin, but I pictured him with green skin for some reason.
I know the writing may not be all Mary Shelley’s, but the story is, and I want to one day read the original. I rate it this version 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclosure: Great Illustrated Classics: Frankenstein is from The Girl’s personal library.
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