Archive | January 2020

The Review of The Essential Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Leonard Wolf





Leonard Wolf examines, in painstaking detail, Mary Shelley’s complete book of Frankenstein. It is a classic and has much to offer. It explores her ability and style as a young writer and takes apart this well-known book for better understanding.

From movies, most folks know that Frankenstein was the name of the doctor who created the monster. The doctor has so much remorse about giving life to ‘this thing’ that he tries to run away from the monster.

The main theme of the book is the bonding of parents. The focus is also on parents being responsible for the upbringing of their children. It stresses the relationship that should be there and in this case was not.

The monster chases the doctor all over as the doctor travels the world. He finds him and because the doctor will not do the monster a favor, the monster wreaks havoc on the doctor’s family and friends essentially resulting in many deaths. The favor the monster wants is for Frankenstein to create for him a mate.

If you view this as a psychological study instead of a monster story, you will find a richer plot and some thought-provoking questions.

I really loved this book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in human nature.


Note to my readers-You may find all these reviews very short, but as a writer I know how hard it is to get readers to leave any review at all so I want to post an example of how easy it can be, and maybe more folks will leave reviews. A sentence, even a word is a great boon to the author.

Review of Upstairs Downstairs by John Hawkesworth

Great book for its time, but now no competition for the world – famous Downton Abbey.

The story features a family in the Edwardian era. The head of the family is Richard Bellamy, a member of Parliament and a conservative. His wife is Lady Marjorie. They have two children Elizabeth and James. The children are trying to fight conservatism all the way. The children also defy traditions whenever possible. That makes up the upstairs, upper-class family group.

Downstairs there are the usual, for that time, number of servants. It includes a housekeeper, a cook, a footman, a small butler, maids and many more.

Of course, their major entertainment comes from scandal about the upper-class. They have put themselves in charge of seeing that everyone in the household sticks to the social rules.

Characters are well drawn. The plot consists mainly of how they run the house and how they keep the family members from being scandalized.

I recommend this book.