Friday, February 18, 2011
The Story of the Monster
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd was written almost two centuries later, but overlaps Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and tells the story from the perspective of history and Dr. Frankenstein. In Casebook, true biographical events are woven into the story, such as Percy's first marriage, and the night on which the more famous Frankenstein was written. The standard English class question of "who is the real monster?" is the primary theme of this novel, with the subtle suggestion that, at least as far as Percy's first wife was concerned, the real monster may have unwittingly been Mary Shelley.
Casebook was a NYT Notable book for 2009, and the more thorough NYT review is here.
Next up: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Still listening to: Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland