My first reaction as I started Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was:


It is an epistolary novel. Nobody told me that! Wait, when has that ever come up in a conversation anyway?




So, the book started off with one of the characters writing letters to his sister while he's on a sea voyage.


The second thing that I noticed was boy, this guy can talk! So far, his chatter has not diminished my enjoyment of the book.


Mr. Monster has already made his first appearance although we only get to admire him from a distance. Now, I am listening to the good doctor's narrative.


A quote that stuck with me:

(On the subject of friends) "we are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves -- such a friend ought to be -- do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures."




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