(The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein) [Kindle] Å Peter Ackroyd
Before me I took part *In Its Existence And Pecked *its existence and pecked the ground when a gull flew above my head I shared its soaring form wen I watched an otter upon the bank I could feel the sleekness of its limbs In all creatures now I felt the force of one life a life I shared of which the principles were energy and joy Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus in 1818 and it stands as a classic marker of the intersection between the Romantic and Industrial Ages The most superficial aspect of her idea a being created from human corpses by the use of electricity that turns out to be a monster has been transformed by Hollywood into a clich of the horror genre Yet Mary Shelley s original work has profound moral and philosophical implications that shed a great deal of light on the thought of the time and are relevant in many respects to debates in our own age such as cloning and stem cell research Peter Ackroyd s retelling of the story might seem superfluous except that for modern readers it manages to cut even closer to the heart of what made the original novel so important not least in its pitch perfect evocation of early 19th century style and intellectual portrait of the ageWhat Ackroyd is essentially writing about is the genesis of Frankenstein and the intellectual climate which gave it birth The book is presented as the first person narration of Frankenstein himself a cultured gentleman from the Mont Blanc region who comes to study at Oxford University and there meets Percy Bysshe Shelley The two become close friends and Victor later meets many members of the atheist and agnostic circles in which Shelley occasionally moved his two wives Harriet Westwood and Mary Woolstonecraft Godwin and literary personages such as Lord Byron and the shadowy John Polidori who is credited as the author of the first vampire story Frankenstein s studies are originally philosophical into the origin nature and meaning of life but they soon take a practical turn as he explores whether the newly discovered electrical fluid might be the source of all energy and thus be harnessed in the conuest of deathAs Mary Shelley had done Ackroyd brings Frankenstein and the monster together again for the creature to tell his story This is a passage of extraordinary beauty as the opening uotation should show in which the creature goes through the process of human learning with astonishing rapidity Like a second Caliban he looks on life from a perspective largely free from conventions of social and religious morality but he goes far beyond Caliban in his appreciation of abstract philosophy The apparent disconnect between the purity of the creature s mind and the deformity of his body may surprise some readers but it will become important laterAckroyd differs from Shelley in that his Frankenstein only revives a recently deceased corpse there is no thought of new creation His story is concentrated in space and time and less melodramatic He also takes several liberties with history most of the events concerning real life people did indeed take place but Ackroyd freely shifts them around by a year or so here and there and suggests different circumstances for nown events such as the drowning of Shelley s first wife But those who are prepared to read the novel as something than a simple retelling of Mary Shelley s original or a book of history will find a work of some depth that is entirely true to the essence of its period besides being a rattling tale of Gothic adventure And nowhere does Ackroyd depart significantly from the original than in his astounding but carefully prepared conclusion but that would be tell Have you ever read a book and have just been entirely unsure as to why the author decided to take the time to write it That s pretty much how I feel about The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd A slightly adjusted retelling of the Frankenstein story by Mary Shelley the novel does little to improve or grow upon the original story Essentially Victor Frankenstein a young scholar from Switzerland enrolls in Oxford where he meets the revolutionary poet Percy Bysshe Shelley Consumed with a drive to test the boundaries of life and the Divine Frankenstein obtains a series of bodies through London s resurrection men and creates the famous monster that we all now and love While Ackroyd makes use of the different setting to introduce Frankenstein to the likes of the Shelleys and Lord Byron I still can t see the point of this book The original works in so many ways why even bother to create what is essentially a remake Granted it takes a historian like Ackroyd to make London come alive as it does in this novel The city has so many sides so many mysteries that it is a perfect character for any and all period novels Still it is a pale imitation of something that has already been perfect for years I don t like to say that any work of art is a waste of time but do yourself a favor and pick up the original Frankenstein You ll never get those hours back if you waste them on this one. Ma fábrica abandonada em LimehouseE é então ue o cientista se cruza com os ressurreicionistas cujos métodos macabros colocam Frankenstein em grande perigo enuanto ele trabalha fervorosamente para criar a terrífica criatura ue irá imortalizar o seu nom. I love retellings of the haunted of 1816 wherein Byron *And Mary Shelley Read *Mary Shelley read stories to each and came up with the bet to produce the ghost story of them all supposedly leading to Mary Shelley s dreams wherein she came up with the idea for the novel Frankenstein In Peter Ackroyd s version Dr Frankenstein is a real person in attendance at this haunted gathering His friendship with Percy Shelley has a great deal to do with his beingthere and the creation of his animated man is a true event I loved the atmosphere of the book With this subject matter you can t lose as long as everyone is treated with respect I didn t so much like the portrayal of the Shelleys who seemed to be uninventive than I ve always imagined them but in all honesty that s not a big deal here Ackroyd admires the Romantics that is plain to see And the playing out of the Frankenstien story underneath their eyes is great fun Initially I found it difficult to get into a reading rhythm with this book but once I did I found in completely engaging This is a retelling of Shelley s horror classic and the author has made liberal use of real life figures such as Lord Byron Polidori Percy Bysshe Shelley and of course Mary Shelley herselfPhenomenally descriptive many passages read like poetry this author is a master at setting scene and one is able to visualize and almost smell the dark filthy streets of London where much of the action takes place He vividly describes the reanimated creature and infuses him with an intelligence and vulnerability that make the reader sympathetic to his plight in spite of his destructive actions and render him likeableFrankenstein himself is a man obsessed with the discovery of a controllable electrical power that will enable him to create life and subseuently to destroy it Awareness of this might have given some foreshadowing of the ending thus I was What would ve happened if Dr Frankenstein had actually lived and new the Shelleys That s the uestion that Peter Ackroyd answers in this bookFrankenstein travels to study at Oxford where he meets Percy Shelley The two hit it off and become friends What then follows is a commingling of Shelley s life with the story of Frankenstein It s a surprising good book and does seem to play a little with the opinion by some that Mary Shelley did not write Frankenstein Some people believe it was PercyAs per Ackroyd the book is not 100% historically accurate It s not meant to be If you are looking for the Claire ClaremontPercy ShelleyMary Shelley triangle here you re not going to find it Godwin s second wife does not make an appearance in this book Claire s ghost phobia is instead attached to Mary As an aside am I the only person who wonders what was on those diary pages that Mary tore out Who wonders why Claire and Percy traveled alone together Additionally the story of Harriet Shelley s first wife is different Or is it The ghost story challenge however is still presentAckroyd as always does a good job of getting his characters right Shelley feels like one wonder imagine Shelley to feel as does Mary and Byron and Polidori Ackroyd does a wonderful job of getting into character Frankenstein feels like Shelley s creation Because of the change in times Ackroyd s book is terrifying or terrifying in a different way He is able to provide detail that Mary Shelley could not He also throws in uestions of reality and madness This book is a worthy take and companion to Frankenstein There is no joy without its attendant painDespite the above citation this was fun than exemplary Ackroyd flips the Frankenstein myth with panache The good doctor hangs out with Shelley and Byron Science crackles but only under the penumbra of abject poverty Mayhew reaches Freud and together pierce Gothic expectations There s less a Miltonic fall than a fissure The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd is a retelling of the gothic classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley As with all retellings one approaches the new version with trepidation Is there a need to retell a story that has already been told so well Will this version offer anything new or interesting What if anything will be lost in translation When I began the novel I stepped back a bit from my own expectations and tried to allow Ackroyd to give me the pleasure of revisiting a story I found compelling and provocative I uickly realized that story is told in first person by Victor Frankenstein I was put off After all for all intents and purposes Shelley s version is told in the first person Is there a need to tell the same story in the same point of view My resistance grew mostly because what details were added are lu1rid or meant to be salacious after all Shelley could not dare write in detail about erections and penises could she Sadly they are also predictable Characters enter the stage with the inevitability of their future clearly evident But of course one would expect a story that is retold to be somewhat predictable And the fact is for those readers who are. Século XIX Dois estudantes de Oxford o investigador Victor Frankenstein e o poeta Percy Shelley encontram se e formam uma amizade improvável Shelley desafia as convenções religiosas de Frankenstein e abre lhe os olhos para noções estéticas sobre cria.
Peter Ackroyd î 6 READDisinclined to read classic literature because it is tedious or tiresome or the tone too archaic Ackroyd s choice to tell this story again serves a purpose He departs enough from the classic by inviting Mary Shelley herself into the cast of characters along with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron The flavor of London is very well written One cannot argue that Ackroyd nows his history and contextualizes the story both in content and voice His ability to weave details leaves few if any stones unturned And although the conclusion is different from the original novel s it is not as surprising as
it should have been How surprising would it have been hadshould have been How surprising would it have been had author chosen to carry the story forth to the same ending one *that in Shelley s version occurs off the stage of the page Perhaps bringing something new to an *in Shelley s version occurs off the stage of the page Perhaps bringing something new to an ending is too much to ask but if the ending must be changed can it not be changed in such a way as to surprise the reader What this retelling lacks is the spiritual and philosophical implications of Shelley s original vision Given the evolution of society the threat of science over religion is perhaps no longer an issue but there is still so much room for debate on the ethical implications of where science crosses lines of morality in the face of necessity At what point does the need for nowledge become necessary than the need for morality And in a world where we can create virtual selves by simply logging into a website what are the implications of revivifying something that is deadIn the end Ackroyd presents a novel that waters down the original making it perhaps palatable for the masses but offering little in the way of real meaning A good summer beach book for those who don t want their summer reading light Or perhaps the type of book one would read to fill a rainy afternoon in autumn But for my tastes I ll stick with the original which is to this day a provocative story than many being published today How do you feel about things that go bump in the night Me not so good I am a coward I am Chief Coward from Cowardville I avoid scary movies and scary books and scary people too Soas much I was looking forward to reading Peter Ackroyd s new book The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein the F word frightened me off a bit But then the lure was too strong and I cavedIn this retelling of Frankenstein on that famous ghost story filled night when Mr and Mrs Shelley were staying with Byron and Mary thought up her monster the monster was already there Ackroyd places Victor Frankenstein among the guests Frankenstein and Shelley are old friends having gone Oxford together For all the visits the novel gets from the great men of the age it s Victor s God playing life that is center stageFrankenstein s obsession to create a new man a perfect man does and doesn t happen He is of course able to give life to his corpse but it is a Monster he has created Frankenstein isn t the only one in this new family who is disappointed The Monster blames his creator for his unhappiness and cruelly destructive behavior Not much new there What Ackroyd does make new or at least brings back to the forefront is the tragedy of Mary Shelley s story While Casebook didn t have the appeal for me that other Ackroyd novels have like Chatterton and Dan Lemo and the Limehouse Golem or his amazing biographies of Charles Dickens and Thomas More it is a very interesting book It has Ackroyd s trade mark attention to research and literary references Peter Ackroyd does make you smarter but this time a little less fulfilled as well What if Frankenstein creates its own creature A surprisingly and great book by Peter Ackroyd with plenty of famous writers among the characters like Mary Shelley Percy Bysshe Shelley Daniel Westbrook Harriet Westbrook John Polidori Fred Shoebury George Gordon Byron 6th Baron ByronHard to understand why this book has been underrated by some reviews Now this is like itPeter Ackroyd makes Victor Frankenstein a student at Cambridge which enables Victor to make the acuaintance of Percy Bysshe Shelley and his various associates including a certain Mary Godwin and also lets Ackroyd find a way to shift the bulk of the action to his own home turf London There s an interestingly Dickensian overtone at times Ackroyd s narrative is substantial but poised without waste and enriched with excellent secondary characters real and fictional The horrors once they start unfolding are truly creepy few things I ve read lately are as chilling as the resurrection scene here The climax or crux of the story is unexpected and satisfying Certainly one of Ackroyd s better efforts in recent times I d even say that he s back in form now after the post Milton In America slump Rewriting a ClassicReview from 2011 I sat uite still and observed the heavens revolving above my head and wondered if they were the origin of my being Or had I come from the creeping waters of the river Or from the mild earth that nurtured all the plants and flowers of the world When at first light a wood pigeon came. ção e vidaObcecado por estes novos ideais e desejoso de reanimar os mortos o jovem cientista inicia experiências anatómicas num celeiro isolado perto de Oxford Mas estes espécimes revelam se imperfeitos e cedo Victor transfere o seu laboratório para