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November 2011 Fiction Book: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 04-Oct-11 20:46:55

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StewieGriffinsMom Wed 16-Nov-11 22:07:03

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stobes Wed 16-Nov-11 22:07:06

I agree, Strawberry! It goes way deeper than the usual gothic stuff. In fact very little is terrifying, although it is a pretty frightening as a concept of course.

SweetTheSting Wed 16-Nov-11 22:07:52

Ooh, I am enjoying getting all your thoughts! Much better than sitting here seething at Victor for being a numpty!

SweetTheSting Wed 16-Nov-11 22:09:16

SGM, I agree. Justine's would be a good perspective.

wildstrawberryplace Wed 16-Nov-11 22:09:33

actually, maybe I remembered that wrong maybe it was that she had a baby die? sorry my memory is a bit foggy, this is going to back my university days - but I do remember that a lot of the descriptions of flesh and lifelessness seemed to reflect her own very troubled situation.

wildstrawberryplace Wed 16-Nov-11 22:12:28

Yes, it's bizarre isn't it, for all the charnel houses and supposed horror, it's actually a very tender story about just wanting to be loved unconditionally.

SenseofEntitlement Wed 16-Nov-11 22:12:41

I think she had a few babies die. I seem to remember something about her being suckled by puppies to try and stop her getting mastitis after one stillbirth

stobes Wed 16-Nov-11 22:16:36


StewieGriffinsMom Wed 16-Nov-11 22:16:50

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stobes Wed 16-Nov-11 22:17:52

I like the idea of the 'burgeoning female intellect' as the monster, btw!

SweetTheSting Wed 16-Nov-11 22:23:08

Bah, DH needs the laptop! Minimal iPhone keyboard now...

It's really interesting to hear the background of Mary Shelley's life.

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 16-Nov-11 22:23:27

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SenseofEntitlement Wed 16-Nov-11 22:29:05

I read a really good book about her and her family - I think it was called "Death and the Maidens"

stobes Wed 16-Nov-11 22:37:48

Thanks for a really interesting discussion! Bed calls smile

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 16-Nov-11 22:41:14

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