Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Armchair Novel Review - Frankenstein's Monster

Frankenstein's Monster
A Novel
Susan Heyboer O'Keefe
Paperback , 352 pages

At the end of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein dies while the monster he created lives. What became of the monster?

Susan Heyboer O'Keefe, a successful children's book writer, has debuted into the world of adult novels with the story of a man/monster - created and left to find his place in the world, if indeed he has one.
The story is fast-paced and compelling, a struggle to find out who he is in the eyes of others, if he is good or evil, man or beast, or if those labels even apply to a body crafted and created by a man. All the while being pursued by a fevered madman whose only thought is to destroy the monster.

Reading this book, you can't help but think of yourself (I guess in a way every good book makes you think of yourself). How your perspective of yourself changes when reflected in others' eyes. O'Keefe does a great job giving Frankenstein's monster life and depth, and weaves the struggle to find self in a life-and-death chase through 19th century Europe.