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Failed Attempt; or the prolonged Prometheus,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus (Wordsworth Collection) (Taschenbuch)
What begins as a possibly interesting book (and the basic story - a man creates a being which rebels against him - is appealing) turns into a long-winded epistolary novel: Robert Walton writes to his sister of his journey to the North Pole during which he meets Victor Frankenstein who in turn recalls his life story, the story of creating a so-called "daemon" who also goes on to tell not only his story but that of a family he lived near. The form is not particularly well executed and even contains complete letters.
The style is rather naive and one feels Shelley has simply looked up alternative words in a thesaurus and used them regardless of their suitability.
The story is convoluted, full of unbelievable coincidences and verbose - although one should perhaps take into account that the book was first published in 1818. Surprisingly enough, the "monster" is created and disappears again within just a few pages.
The characters are shallow and it is hard to sympathise with the character of Victor Frankenstein - moreover one feels more compassion for the monster he has created.
What was initially to be a short story should have really stayed that way. The expansion to a novel has, in my opinion, made the story tiresome and weak.
All-in-all, this is not a book I would ever recommend: discursive and painfully prolonged.