By Laurie Sheck

ISBN-10: 0307271056

ISBN-13: 9780307271051

ISBN-10: 0375711821

ISBN-13: 9780375711824

What if Mary Shelley had now not invented Frankenstein’s monster yet had met him whilst she used to be a lady of 8, sitting by means of her mother’s grave, and he got here to her unbidden? What if their mystery bond left her endlessly replaced, passionate about the unusual being whom she had found at a time of want? What if he have been nonetheless alive within the twenty-first century?

This daring, genre-defying booklet brings us the “monster” in his personal phrases. He recollects how he used to be “made” and the way Victor Frankenstein deserted him. He ponders the tragic story of the Shelleys and the intertwining of his existence with that of Mary (whose fictionalized letters salt the narrative, besides these of her nineteenth-century intimates) during this riveting mixture of truth and poetic license. he's taking notes on all features of human striving—from the track of John Cage to robotics to the Northern explorers whose lonely quest mirrors his own—as he attempts to appreciate the unusual race that made but shuns him, and to discover his personal freedom of mind.

In the process the monster’s musings, we additionally see Mary Shelley’s existence from her youth via her elopement with Percy Bysshe Shelley, her writing of Frankenstein, the births and deaths of her kids, Shelley’s well-known drowning, her widowhood, her next travels and life’s paintings, and at last her dying from a mind tumor at age fifty-four. The monster’s fierce bond with Mary and the story of ways he ended up in her fiction is a haunted, severe love tale, a narrative of 2 beings who can always remember each one other.

A Monster’s Notes is Sheck’s so much exciting paintings to this point, a luminous meditation on creativity and expertise, on alienation and otherness, on ugliness and sweetness, and on our have to be understood.

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