Friday, March 14, 2008

Episode Eighty-eight: Falling Down

I'm off to a funeral but I've left you this podcast. No time for links on the show notes right now. I'll update them this weekend.

MANY thanks to Becky who read so nicely for us today!


  1. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know, I'm just not finding your podcast, and I love it!!!! One of my listeners pointed me over here, and I'm SO glad they did!! :) Thank you for doing what you do!!!

  2. hahahaha. i was supposed to say "i just NOW found your podcast" hahahahahahaa

  3. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

  4. Sorry to hear about your grandma. Best wishes to you and your family.

  5. First of all, I wanted to express my sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your grandmother.

    Also, in listening to your discussion of hell, I couldn't help thinking of Sartre and Huis Clos/No Exit: "L'enfer, c'est les autres" (or, loosely translated, Hell is the others), which I think would also apply to Victor and the creature in this case.

  6. Hey Heather, I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother. You and your family will be in our thoughts. I think your husband's sentiment was beautiful and hopefully adds light to your grandmother.

    On a Frankie note, it seems to me that Victor suffers from an over developed sense of importance more than anything else. He can't see the value of those around him because he won't take off his "me" glasses. He believes Elizabeth is only important to him and because of this, fails to protect her from the "monster" who can see the happiness she brings others. I also found the scene where the creature is weeping over Victor to be heartbreaking. For a brief period, he became as blind as his creator and didn't understand his relationship with Victor until it ended.

  7. susetheslowknitta7:49 AM

    I'm new to knitting and podcasts and I only found Craftlit in Jan. so came in for the last few chapters of Frankenstein. I've never really been a fan of the romantics, finding their emotional travails a bit too hysterical for my taste. But having got to the end of the book I went back to the beginning to hear it all through. I was still wincing at Victor's self absorption ( especially when he thinks he is suffering more than Justine, who is about to hang)unitl you podcast the discussion with a listener and her high school daughter ( Rose,I think?).I hadn't realised that Shelley wrote under the name of Victor, and at that point some of Frankenstein's vanity became more understandable. Is this Mary Shelley having a few sly digs at her hubby? Is she saying "Its all very well having your high flown ideas and your sensitive nature but when are you going to take responsibility for your actions?" I then started to enjoy "The Modern Prometheus" a bit more!
    Victor's rashness still irked me.. why could he not tell the creature why he would not make another? Why could he not admit to his family what he had done so that they might be saved? It still revolved around him ( or Shelley), rather than anyone else.
    I did enjoy listening to it though, and will go back through the library to listen to some more.
    Thank you so much for this series, you give the right amount of thoughtful comments. Enjoy your sock voyage!
    Susan Spilsbury, UK


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