A Monster’s Notes by Laurie Sheck
A Monster’s Notes, by Laurie Sheck, faculty, Creative Writing at The New School.
Knopf Doubleday, 2009
Barnes & Noble: “In a riveting mix of fact and poetic license, Laurie Sheck gives us the ‘monster’ in his own words: recalling how he was “made” and how Victor Frankenstein abandoned him; pondering the tragic tale of the Shelleys and the intertwining of his life with Mary’s (whose fictionalized letters salt the narrative, along with those of her nineteenth-century intimates); taking notes on all aspects of human striving–from Gertrude Stein to robotics to the Northern explorers whose lonely quest mirrors his own–as he tries to understand the strange race that made yet shuns him, and to find his own freedom of mind.”
The Washington Post: “A remarkable creation, a baroque opera of grief, laced with lines of haunting beauty and profundity.”