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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: SoHo Books (October 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936594331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936594337
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Bram (Abraham) Stoker was an Irish novelist, born November 8, 1847 in Dublin, Ireland. 'Dracula' was to become his best-known work, based on European folklore and stories of vampires. Although most famous for writing 'Dracula', Stoker wrote eighteen books before he died in 1912 at the age of sixty-four.

Customer Reviews

Still, the book. was a good read this Halloween month.
Debra Purdy Kong
So, you can't actually give Bram Stoker the credit for being the creator of the vampire lore.
Misha
It's been very daunting to write about this novel, because I mean, it's Dracula.
Midnyte Reader

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ScrawnyPunk on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midnyte Reader on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on November 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
Bram Stoker’s 1897 masterpiece of Gothic horror mesmerized the London reading public with lits taste for the macabre--fascinating despite its gruesome theme. Despite the inherent literary awkwardness of writing (and possibly even reading) a quaintly Victorian epistolary novel, the author utilized every scrap of Central European superstition and eerie folklore to craft a gruesome tale of evil incarnate a-prowl in unwitting and unprotected England. There can be no defense against that which one does not believe actually exists! Nor does Belief alone guarantee Success of their sacred enterprise.

Ah, but there gradually is formed a small brotherhood--dedicated to hunt down this monster in human (but revivable) flesh—to eradicate his foul presence and progeny for all time. Related in the form of diaries, journals, memoranda and odd newspaper clippings the plot unfolds like slow bat wings; a young law clerk named Jonathan Harker is dispatched on a mission to the forbidding crags of the brutally cold Carpathian Mountains, to personally oversee the detailed wishes of a new foreign client--one mysterious and macabre Count Dracula. An unlikely hero the young man records his dreaded experiences and growing suspicions in short hand for the sake of his beloved fiancée, Mina Murray. Barely escaping the hateful castle he suffers from brain fever for 6 long weeks in a hospital run by nuns.

The story is so universally known that there is no need to delve into much detail here, but I will list the main characters: the zoophagus lunatic, Renfield, object of much study by Dr.
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