**Sorry I got really busy and forgot to post this, I am a day late**
Welcome back to On This Bookish Day, where one day of the month I will honour an important literary date in history. I’ll tell you a little about the author and review one of their books.
So, on this bookish day:
August 30 – Mary Shelley is born, 1797
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is most known for her novel Frankenstein. Shelley was raised by her father, William Godwin, a political philosopher. Her mother died one month after her birth. Godwin provided his daughter with an informal education, and promoted his own political beliefs.
Mary began a relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was still married at the time. They left and traveled through Europe, and when they retuned Mary was pregnant. They faced isolation, and the death of their daughter, who was born premature. They eventually married, after the suicide of Percy’s first wife, in 1816.
In 1818, the couple left for Italy, where she gave birth to three more children. One survived. In 1822 her husband died in a sailing accident, when his boat sank in a storm. A year later she returned to England, and focused on raising her son, and her writing/becoming an author. Mary Shelley died at the age of 53, most likely from a brain tumour.
A few random facts:
- Mary’s father disowned her at the age of 16, due to her romantic relationship with Percy Shelley. When Mary returned pregnant he wanted nothing to do with her.
- Rumour has it that Mary’s father had Percy’s first wife killed. So that his daughter could marry Percy, to make it a legitimate relationship.
- When Mary started writing Frankenstein, she was just 19. She was 21 when it was published.
So I think everyone is pretty familiar with this title. It is the story of Dr.Frankenstein who designs a monster, and brings it to life.
I am slightly intimidated by the classics, always afraid of long, boring writing or being unrelatable. This was actually a pretty fast easy going read. I did find the writing style to be a little flowery, but it wasn’t over the top so that I was bored reading descriptions. The story flowed quite well, with a bit of a lull in the middle, but it’s not too long. I would recommend if you feel stuck at the very beginning with the letters, just power through, by page 50 you’ll be hooked.
I found the characters very interesting throughout this book. This story changes points of view, throughout the entire novel I felt sympathy for the monster. The main character Dr.Frankenstein, was a perfect dislikable character for me. I hated him for a good part of this book, but it was in a positive way. I found Victor Frankenstein to be completely self-centred, and ignorant to other people’s feelings.
This is so much more than a book about a monster. This is book explores prejudice, in a very different way. Although the prejudice is towards a monster, I find it is easily relatable to any marginalized group of people. I would say that is why Frankenstein had remained a classic for all these years. It is timeless. Unfortunately it seems to be a problem that sticks.
Have you guys read this classic? If so what should I read next?