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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (April 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486411095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486411095
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M. on January 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I put off reading Dracula for awhile after a friend told me, "It's not at all like the (1931) movie, it's just a bunch of boring journal entries."
How wrong they were. And I'm sorry I waited so long to find that out.
The interweaving of the narratives, sometimes skipping back a day or two to have one character's perspective "catch up" to another's was masterfully done. No sooner is one moment of suspense reached than we switch to someone else's current adventure, and the tension starts building all over again.
Some people think that the book wanders away from the action too much, but I didn't find that to be a problem. The characters and atmosphere are so well written that any "background" information blends well into the plot itself.
The only thing I found that slowed me down a bit was Van Helsing's broken English. However, once I got used to his style of speaking, it wasn't much of a hinderance to the pace.
One aspect of the book that I especially appreciated is the fact that Mina Murray Harker is such a strong character. In the (1931) movie, she mostly looks winsome and cries. In this novel, she's a much bigger part of the action, actively participating in the mission to destroy Count Dracula even as she falls under his spell herself.
I'm glad I finally read this book and had the opportunity to experience "Dracula" as its author intended the story to be told.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick Sisley on January 5, 2015
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This is a very old book - for readers who do not already know that. I had never read it, but had heard it is a classic. A Classic Dracula definitely is. In many ways this is a mystery, but the book goes far beyond that. I found it (1) very hard to put down and (2) goose bumps and spine tingling had me shaking my head quite often. Nick Sisley
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maureen E. Mcgann on June 1, 2014
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I read this book on a trip my parents took to Florida when I was sixteen (1955). I never looked up
and couldn't tell you what Georgia looked like. I was so fascinated by the novel in diary form with the exchange
of letters, the nobility and bravery of the men and the devotion between the two women, Lucy and
Mina. I'm 75 now and when I look at what is selling on the market today that is supposed to frighten
I could re-read Dracula tomorrow and it would have the same chilling effect as it did many years ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anand Joshi on July 29, 2000
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The writer slowly takes you away from reality and makes you believe in what you read. Superb narration with comfortable pace. Slowly you get involved in the intrigue and horror.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 2, 2012
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I find reading classic literature very difficult at times. The language can be very distracting, and I'll have to reread a paragraph several times to understand the exact meaning. This is not so with Bram Stoker's Dracula. This book elicits fear from the very beginning, and holds the readers attention throughout. Modern vampire novels and movies do not hold a candle to the original Dracula.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Battleship on November 21, 2014
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This classic novel is a brilliant work of the highest order. Stoker uses the medium of diary entries from the perspectives of the major characters in the story. This is a very innovative approach. The suspense builds to a crescendo throughout the novel. I particularly liked the long opening account of Jonathan Harker realizing that he was a prisoner in the castle. He gained knowledge throughout his captivity and was cagey enough to not articulate his fears to Dracula. This was a chess match between two top minds as Jonathan was able to escape the clutches of a diabolical genius.

The main characters were able to team up to thwart the attempts of Dracula to establish a major inroads in England. Van Helsing was the scholar who learned about how Dracula was able to be the king of the "un-dead." through the ages. There were casualties in the process. Lucy's very soul was at stake and the men had to drive a stake in her heart to ensure that she would reach the heavenly realm.

There was a strong Catholic bent to the story. Sacramental paraphernalia was used to counter the evil plans of the Count and the minions under his control. Dracula cowered and was enervated by the presence of the Eucharistic host and the crucifix. Garlic was also an effective means to keep evil at bay. The virtue of Mina and the valor of the men was a key to ultimate victory. This may seem chauvinistic according to modern standards, but it was typical of the mindset of many at the time the novel was written.

I thought the novel was very compelling. I loved how the group engaged in putting the pieces together to solve the problem. The group was unselfish and had the courage to face evil and overcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Seet on May 24, 2014
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In Dracula, Bram Stoker, amid the rising demand for women's equality, tried to portray Mina as the new breed of woman who has "come of age." She is an assistant schoolmistress and therefore might not have to depend on a man. She could use the typewriter and therefore sought to better herself. But in the end, she subordinates herself to Harker and only seeks to support him with her skills. Her mentality confines her to be a "proper" lady in Victorian England. So, she remains the ideal for the nineteenth century man, who seeks a wife to support him in his enterprises. Furthermore, Stoker portrayed all the other female characters, Lucy and the "Brides of Dracula," as objects of sensuality. So, the spirits of the times confined Stoker's vision of women even as he sought to be more enlightened and through his novel, he reflected much of that period's cultural norms.

Stoker's portrayal of Dracula reflects the fear of "enlightened" Western Europe toward the "unenlightened" world. During the period just before W.W.I., Europeans were worshipping reason and science as the golden fruits of Enlightenment and they believed in the unlimited potentials of mankind. They had not experienced trench warfare, the depression, the holocaust or the atomic bomb. But the unenlightened world was mysterious and threatened to destroy European achievements. The Balkans was seething with disasters and indeed history shows it to be the spark that ignited the World War. Of course, not only the Balkans. Africa and India and China, wherever the British and the Europeans had their presence, these lands were also mysterious, their customs threatening. Western Europe must enlighten these cultures and overcome their superstitions and darkness.
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