I’ve been meaning to read The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley for over 20 years. Frankenstein is a familiar tale. Since childhood I’ve picked up bits of the story from movies and articles. With so many great novels to read, I tend to put off familiar classics. A few years ago I had finally read The Vampyr by John Polidori, the inspiration for modern vampire tales followed by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After noticing on Twitter that Helen A. Howell began reading Mary Shelley’s novel for #NaNoReMo, I decided I best get to this classic before more years slip away. I started in last evening reading the letters before the first chapter, and already I’m enjoying Shelley’s style.
My copy of The Modern Prometheus is an ebook obtained from Project Gutenberg in epub format on my iPad which happens to fit in with Read an Ebook Week, the first week of March.
As noted by John Wiswell on The Bathroom Monologues, #NaNoReMo is a reminder to spend a month reading that classic novel still waiting to be enjoyed. Wiswell picked another book I’m interested in, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Perhaps next time.