Colin Moody captures the dark, introspective mood of the classic horror tale in this retelling of Frankenstein for young people, adapted from Mary Shelley's version by Australian author Margrete Lamond. Dr. Frankenstein, obsessed with creating life, pieces together a man with remains of a number of different corpses, and succeeds in animating him. Shunned from normal society, Frankenstein's monster becomes brutal and violent. This spooky story explores the nature of society's morality, and is appropriate for children 11 and up. Moody's performance is dramatic and alluring, sure to capture young listeners' interest.
Longing for love and companionship, the monster looks elsewhere for affection, but finds himself cruelly shunned wherever he goes. At last - grotesque and misunderstood, frustrated and alone - the creature turns to violence and hate.
Frankenstein's reckless experiment is doomed to failure, ending in tragedy and ruin as the raging monster wreaks his revenge. First written 200 years ago, when the author was still in her teens, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a horror story that makes its readers think as well as shudder. Alongside the horror are questions about good and evil, and about right and wrong.
©2006 Margete Lamond; (P)2009 Bolinda
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