Mary Shelley – Frankenstein Audiobook
If Frankenstein had been part of my reading desires for a few years, it took the discovery of a crossover fanfic between Sherlock and Frankenstein (inspired by the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch had played in adaptations of these two works) for me to finally find the real motivation to start this short work.
I was curious to discover this classic of Gothic literature (especially for the very particular circumstances of its writing) and at the same time, I had a lot of a priori following the post published by Matilda. I ended up enjoying reading it a lot, although several things annoyed or disappointed me. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein Audiobook .
To begin with, I expected this tale, despite being called Frankenstein, to be much more Creature-centric than its Creator. the point is, I didn’t like the character of Victor Frankenstein at all. However, at the beginning I liked him rather well: I liked his vision of science and his approach to scientific research. But very quickly, he annoyed me and I only ended up feeling a deep contempt for this irresponsible, incapable of assuming the consequences of these acts, of recognizing his share of responsibility in the facts which will result from his work. . Especially since he keeps moaning and spends three quarters of the book being sick, and lamenting. He is apathetic, weak, inconstant, devoid of any charisma, narrow-minded, imbued with himself and imbecile … I really wanted to shake him up, just to get his coconut back a bit!
The Creature, on the other hand, interested and touched me a lot. And I was disappointed to find that she really only speaks for about fifty pages. He’s a character that made me think a lot of Erik (in The Phantom of the Opera, but do I still need to clarify?) And Charly (in Flowers for Algernon). At the first, because her physical deformity cut her off from the world of the living and because he says so himself, like Erik, he only lacked to be loved in order to be good. In the second, because we feel an evolution over the course of his learning in his awareness of what he is, we also see his intellectual and emotional capacities evolve at two different rates. It’s very interesting. I really adored this character condemned to loneliness, who feels totally alien in the midst of men, who despite everything he has learned, despite his developed intellect, despite his efforts, will never manage to integrate to society, which rejects him simply on the basis of his appearance. He is a character that I found very touching and whose development I liked to follow.
I hated Victor for the way he manages his relationship with the creature, basing himself on his hideous physique to deduce from the first crime committed that he is necessarily guilty because fundamentally bad. At the same time, it is very interesting because the narrative was described and takes place at a time when phrenology was still considered a reliable way to determine (among other things) the deviant personality or not of a human being. I also found it very interesting that Frankenstein refused to give a name to his creature, because in the Bible, very often it is the fact of naming who completes the process of Creation, but there, by skipping this step, Victor leaves his Creature prevents his Creature once again from actually existing among the living.
Finally, let’s move on to the form of the novel, which initially surprised me. I did not expect all this incredible adventure to be told to us indirectly by Walton, in letters he sent to his sister. Speaking of Walton, I was titillated throughout the novel to wonder if he was gay. Technically I am sure of myself (knowing that he is still single and in view of what he says he is looking for in a “friend” and his tirades on Victor’s beautiful eyes, in my opinion there is no room for doubt. ), but I would be curious to have your opinion on the matter.
Several things also bothered me on the side of the form. First of all I found this indirect narration cumbersome and unnecessary. In addition, certain details at the level of the characters are overlooked and suddenly we end up wondering if certain things would not be incoherent (ditto for questions of geography). I admit that I did not understand at all who the various members of the Frankenstein family were and what were the real ties between them. It comes out everywhere, it’s very confused. As much as I adore the special circumstances in which the novel was written, it would have required a serious rereading with a clear head. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein Audiobook .
In short, even if I was quite spoiled because of the fanfic mentioned above, and that I finally noted a lot of negative points, I really liked this novel a lot. While Frankenstein only received my contempt, I developed a deep empathy for the creature and my only regret is that she did not have more voice in this narrative. I think it would have been much more interesting to have access to his point of view on a more regular basis. But really, despite all this, I almost want to speak of crush for this story.