This Dark Endeavour. Apprenticeship Of Victor Frankenstein. by Kenneth Oppel The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages, and. Victor Frankenstein leads a charmed life. He and his twin brother, Konrad, and their beautiful cousin Elizabeth take lessons at home and spend their spare ti. The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages, and filled with forbidden knowledge. Their father makes them promise never to visit the.

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Examples include northern winds that brought with them “a glacial chill” 56a venture into a Dark Library during “the witching hour”and a map kenneeth which “[t]he lines of ink trailed into nothingness like the wanderings of an unhealthy mind” Then they went and made Anne of Green Gables: I guess I’m drawn to characters with delusions of grandeur who want to prove their worth.

There was also a tiny detail that annoyed me throughout the book: Basically, my knowledge of the source material has come darj Kenneth Branagh’s film version, and Mel Brooks.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavor Trade Paperback I’d be on Victor’s sndeavor in this matter, myself, though perhaps a little nicer about it if I was trying to woo my cousin; but Victor places an intense, unreasonable faith in this Elixir of Life.

For instance, the “real” Frankenstein was the oldest of his siblings, and he did not have a twin. In fact, I thought it really added to my understanding of Victor as a character. This is the story of Victor and Konrad Keneth, along with their cousin, Elizabeth, and good friend, Henry. I really loved how this story kept me wanting more.


This Dark Endeavor

It clocks in at slightly under pages, so it would be a quick read. This YA novel is a page turner and I would hope that it would pique the interest of young readers to try the actual Frankenstein novel.

Oppel expertly lays the groundwork for the man we know Victor will become. Victor is surprisingly heroic, and he’s hardly that in the original novel.

I will say I really did not like one scene due to what happened in it—but the scene thiw not gratuitous and part of the reason I was upset is because Oppel wrote it so skillfully.

All of his advent Yay for talented Canadian authors. You can read that here. However, every so often he kennrth to slip, and a turn of phrase pops out that I would consider to be too modern to have come from any of these characters’ mouths or pens.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel

I really loved this book. At times I wondered whether he was entirely stable or whether he lacked the ability to truly care about anyone other than himself and sometimes he even made me a little uncomfortable. Even though you know, ultimately, that Victor Frankenstein is a completely doomed character, you still want him to succeed.

Short for Perseus, yes, but Percy Shelley, who was enamored with Greek myths and wrote extensively about them, also liked to fancy that his name was derived from the old Greek hero. I say this because while reading Frankenstein is not strictly a pre-requisite for enjoying This Dark Endeavour, it does heighten appreciation for how skilfully Oppel has entwined his novel with the original work.

Were these not things worth loving? Oppel’s book had a problem maintaining my focus and attention. As someone who depends on the dexterity and sensitivity of his fingers more than most, this had me flinching repeatedly.


I loved this book!

This should only take a few moments. They also have a tag-along friend who fancies himself a playwright, and a fiery female cousin who has lived with them since childhood and who wants to marry Konrad.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel – The Globe and Mail

And as if their task was not complicated enough, a new realm of danger—that of illicit love—threatens to end the ordeal in tragedy. With the help of his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry; Victor pushes the boundaries of nature and science in a treacherous sear Most people know my obsession with Frankenstein so I wanted to give This Dark Endeavour a go; since the author Kenneth Oppel calls this a prequel.

After solving the riddle to enter, he discovers sark library filled with arcane books, including Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s Occulta Philosophiawhich becomes pivotal to the story. This read has also prompted me to re-read my beloved Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

It got under my skin and in my head in a way that doesn’t normally happen when I read. Their friend Henry also spends a great deal of time at the chateau.

Each character involved is firm about whom they love—no one waivers, and sndeavor one gives anyone the wrong idea at least not consciously. The word “Frankenstein” often conjures up images of a block-headed monster brought to life by a mad scientist.