The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
By Peter Ackroyd
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410424211, 489pp.)
Publication Date: March 2010
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When two nineteenth-century Oxford students -- the religious Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the atheistic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley -- form an unlikely friendship which leads to heated discussions on the notions of creation and life, the result is a tour-de-force from one of the world's most accomplished authors. Filled with literary lights of the day and penned in period-perfect prose, this is sure to become a twenty-first century classic.
- In his early discussions with the fervently atheistic Bysshe, Victor begins to question the existence of God. Indeed, he wonders "This deity was venerated as the creator of life, but what if others of less exalted nature were able to perform the miracle? What then?" What connection is there between science and religion in this novel? Are the two arranged as opposites here? As complements? As substitutes?