A story about this — 3 years ago
Frankenstein is a 19th century book—it’s going to be a bit different. It does not fail to deliver on different. It’s set in a frame story, which I have somewhat mixed feelings about. And at some points the layering of the stories within the story gets a bit overly-layered.
The character of Frankenstein was obnoxious—so self-absorbed and vacillating. The monster on the other hand, carries the book. The part that interested me was the monster’s transformation from only having the appearance of a monster to being a monster inside and out. Utterly spectacular.
I found some of the book (about the front third, give or take) to be tedious. But the rest of the book was very good, and in some spots sublime. I’d mark it as a read: it will completely reshape your conception of the story you thought you knew.