Frankenstein, Based on the Novel by Mary ShelleyPaperback
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- Publisher: Faber & Faber Plays
- Format: Paperback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 5mm | 118g
- Publication date: 1 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571277217
- ISBN 13: 9780571277216
- Sales rank: 28,064
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. "Frankenstein", based on the novel by Mary Shelley, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2011.
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