The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

By Peter Ackroyd
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410424211, 489pp.)

Publication Date: March 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2009 Indie Notables
“Peter Ackroyd's latest work is part historical novel, part mystery, part dark fantasy (or science fiction). It's a book that rewards close reading and even though I half-suspected the ending, a highly successful pastiche of a classic novel that I would enjoy reading in tandem with the original.”
-- Billie J Bloebaum, Powell's Books, Inc, Portland


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.

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  1. 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?

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