I had to explain to him that the mad scientist is actually Frankenstein and the Monster is just a monster he made. After trying to explain a little of the story behind these figures I realized I didn't remember all that much about the story. I read it in one of my Humanities classes in college but that was now about 18 years ago. I still had the book on my shelf so I dug it out and decided to read it.
The copy that I have has the story and also a number of different essays looking at the book from different angles. There is a pychoanalytical , feminist, reader's response, and a whole bunch of historical information about the time it was written, the author, and the genre. I honestly didn't even want to look at these again. I do remember reading these in college but other than some of the historical information I really didn't want to rip the book apart like I had to do in college.
It was a good read for me. It is certainly not a the type of book I can usually be found reading. I certainly have gravitated to more of the escape, easy read, mind candy kind of books lately. Perhaps I should read more of these old classics. I have many of them on my shelf already. The challenge of them certainly leaves me with more to think about.
I guess I should thank Henry for buying a new lego set and inspiring me to pick up Frankenstein.