Mary Shelleys Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus was one of the classics I only had a vague idea what it is about. I knew that Frankenstein is always mistaken for the "monster" but is its creator. I had no clue that Shelley intertwined so many layers of narratives in this book.
First there is Captain Walton who gives a quite lengthy introduction how it happened that he's able to tell us this extraordinary tale in his letters to his sister. He leads an expedition to the North Pole (I guess that normal for the 18th century when the story is set) and rescues Victor Frankenstein from his immanent death on the ice.
Frankenstein then tells his life story (including his family and friends) until his studies in Ingolfstadt lead him to the creation of a human-like creature. He wanted it to be beautiful but fails and created a monster whose appearance scares everyone.
Then it is the monster's turn to explain his experiences in life as he tells them Frankenstein who gives a detailed recount of this to Captain Walton before continuing the story from his own point of view.
The story is rounded up by Walton telling us about Frankenstein's death and his final moments with the monster.
It's good to know the original story now, I'm impressed by Shelley's construction of the novel and it is great that a woman of that period has influenced so many horror or scifi stories. A true classic that deserves the term.
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. Librivox 2011.