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Dracula [Kindle Edition]

Bram Stoker
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Book Description

Bram Stoker's Dracula introduces one of literature's most famous characters, as the terrifying Count wreaks havoc on the band of hunters intent on stopping him.


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"Those who cannot find their own reflection in Bram Stoker's still-living creation are surely the undead ."
— New York Times Review of Books

"An exercise in masculine anxiety and nationalist paranoia, Stoker's novel is filled with scenes that are staggeringly lurid and perverse.... The one in Highgate cemetery, where Arthur and Van Helsing drive a stake through the writhing body of the vampirised Lucy Westenra, is my favourite."
Sarah Waters, author of The Little Stranger

"It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley's Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror."
Bram Stoker's Mother --Bram Stoker's Mother

About the Author

Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.

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  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450594875
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084B5TK8
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE original - great read December 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of my all-time favorite books. There are scenes in this book that send chills up my spine. Unlike the new "vampire" books/movies, you won't find multiple pages devoted to the color & gleam of the Counts' eyes. There is no teenage angst in one single paragraph! It's the original AND it's perfect for the grown-up, grown-past the bubblegum.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vaguely enjoyable November 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this to be, at times an engaging read, but, by the same token, at other times, quite tedious and cumbersome. Bram Stoker's descriptive writing is incredible, however, at times when dipping in during an entry by a character, it was nigh on impossible to decipher which character you were reading from because of a lack of differing registers amongst the characters.

All in all, it was enjoyable, but I would advise caution to readers that are easily lost and would have trouble with the older style of language used.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read in the Western canon of horror December 28, 2010
Format:Paperback
Dracula is the story everyone knows, but few have read. If you have seen any of its film adaptations or imitators, you should read this short novel to re-set your expectations. The depths of psychological exploration into the Count's motives, history, methods, and tradition are unmatched elsewhere. This is a rare example of a writer creating a dark fantasy which sets the metaphysical rules for an entire literary universe. [If you love a short review, stop here - the remaining commentary is extraneous to your purpose.]

The plot is well-known and does not bear repeating here. However, it is worth mentioning liberties taken by various adaptations not included in the book. Mina Harker is never likened to the Count's deceased love; sunlight does not kill him; Renfield is not his servant; and no one ever says "I vant to suck your blood." The absence of these tropes forces the novel into subtle territory regarding motives and action, ultimately yielding a richer story than I initially expected.
Two major shifts in the narrative are instrumental in raising the novel above predecessors such as "The Vampyre," "Carmilla," and "Varney the Vampire." The first is the change in protagonist from Dracula to van Helsing, a shift which creates a mechanism to propel the narrative from start to finish. Whereas the Count's early scenes set the story in motion, it is the professor's later involvement and analysis which govern the other characters' actions and propel the remainder of the story. The second major shift is the change in victim from Lucy to Mina, which provides a psychological underpinning to the novel and raises it above genre fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 if I could! December 24, 2013
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Very suspenseful and hard to put down at points. Ending dragged on a bit and there were some parts I don't feel were explained enough (such as how Jonathan Harker escapes Castle Dracula at the beginning.) But over all, very good and I can see why it's considered a classic!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece November 21, 2013
By Scorpio
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Having set upon myself the task of reading or rereading a classic piece of literature in between each new release I have once again discovered the masterpiece that is Dracula. Although it has been 30 years since I first read it, it still had me captivated the whole journey through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula - All other Vampires should tremble before him. February 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
I did it! Finally! After all these years, I read Dracula! It took me a long time for several reasons. First of all, the font is small in the book I own, which made it difficult to read. Then I downloaded it on my Kindle and that was better, but I was also reading other books at the same time. Another reason why it may have taken me so long is the way it is written. In today's world, we are used to fast paced novels while Dracula is detailed, the writing old fashioned and the dialogue long. The different style, the sometimes plodding pace, the archaic words such as "bestrewed" and "perforce" forced me to slow down, but it also helped me immerse myself in the story.

Stoker never visited Eastern Europe, but within the first few pages it is clear he did his research. The food, the garb and the landscape of Romania are so detailed, that although it is a bit tedious to get through, I really got a feel for the country. I visualized the imposing mountains and their dark shadows. As I read about Jonathan Harker's journey to the castle, I heard foreboding music accompanied by howling in my head. I don't know if seeing so many movies let me imagine the story better, but it was very vivid in my mind. There is a sense of wonder when you travel to a place where you don't know the language, but also one of unease. The fact that Harker is a foreigner gave him more distance from his surroundings and made him more vulnerable.

After getting through the first few pages of exposition and Jonathan's journey to the castle, it got juicy. The novel Dracula is much more messed up and scary than any movie version I've seen. I had a preconceived notion because of film and television, but the book is different and I feel like I discovered a new story, or rather learned the true story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better every time October 6, 2012
By Jeremy
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I love this novel.  It gets better every single time I read it.  One of my top 10 favorite novels of all time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the story of Dracula. I'm a classic monster buff...especially vampires and werewolves
Published 2 days ago by Derek Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula
This was my first re-read of the book since high school. It was worth it! Any fan of vampire stories should first read this one, which paved the way for them all.
Published 5 days ago by Amy Dolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
I would recommend this book since there's nothing about the book I dislike. I chose to given it four stars instead of five, because I thought it would be like the movie, however,... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kimberly Augustine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
Haven't read this since high school. My mistake. There is a reason they call it a classic. I would highly recommend this to all.
Published 6 days ago by David JANAK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item as described
Published 9 days ago by prosit
5.0 out of 5 stars The original is the best
I despise the present assemblage of vampire novels. They are trash. The sad thing is they have the great "Dracula" as their template. Read more
Published 9 days ago by George Reagan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A classic classic:)
Published 10 days ago by Krystal Whidden
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful
The perfect mixture of drama, action, and emotion which resulted in this classic novel by Bram Stoker being just beautiful.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars nothing like a classic to lift your mood on what literature has become
still a classic
read it a million times and would still read it again a few more
nothing like bram stoker's novel to see that vampires are monsters and not sparkly idiots
Published 13 days ago by Lyzza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome story. I like the author's approach.
Published 13 days ago by MOA
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