Books Worth Buying: Frankenstein by Nick Dear (based on the novel by Mary Shelley)

25 Oct

I was fortunate enough to see this as the stage adaptation through National Theatre Live with the dual talents of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller reprising the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his Creature. Nick Dear takes Shelley’s classic novel and spins a tale that is so engrossing and so poetic, it cannot fail to touch your heart. If you’ve read Shelley’s original tale, or if you haven’t, please pick this up and read it. It is amazing and is one of the best novel adaptations I have ever read.

A brief description: “Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie.” Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2011. – courtesy of Amazon.com

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