Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein, a timeless moral warning of humankind’s quest for progress, mastery of science, and the ethical quandaries that ensue through our fallible masculinity.

I was warned that the expressive language, typical of the romantic period, can get a little tiresome. I liked it, especially the worship of nature, Shelley’s use of the sublime (aesthetic philosophy that describes a mixture of terror and beauty). The natural forces are almost otherworldly, and of course Switzerland provides plenty of opportunities for wonder.

I felt for the miserable “wretch”, the poor monster just wanted a friend. A blueprint for so many pop culture explorations about the post human such as, Blade Runner and Ex Machina, Frankenstein is a book we all should read.

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