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Dracula (Townsend Library Edition) Paperback – September 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1591940036 ISBN-10: 1591940036

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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Townsend Press (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591940036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591940036
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Harker has a job to do. The young lawyer must go to the mysterious country of Transylvania to work for a man he knows as the Count. At first, Jonathan is excited by the chance to travel and meet new people. But after his arrival in Transylvania, he begins to wonder what's going on. People act strangely upon hearing he is going to visit the Count. When Jonathan arrives at the Count's dark, isolated castle, he too begins to feel afraid. Soon after meeting his host, Jonathan finds himself trapped in a horrifying nightmare. Only this nightmare is real, and he can't wake up . . . --Publisher

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 12, 2011
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Why is this text so disfiguringly edited? This edition of the classic novel has been rewritten in colloquial "common" American English. And not well... it reads like a Goosebumps novel, and there is absolutely none of the natural flow of the language that made the original text so enjoyable to read. It seems almost like this is one of those attempts to write old literature in a fashion more appropriate for "young adult" readers. Even if this is the case (and there is absolutely no indication judging by the cover or the contents leading up to the first chapter that this is true), the problem is that this is edited badly... very very badly. This is a shameful ruination of Bram Stoker's fantastic story. I implore anyone who finds this review to rather search for another edition. There is a reason this one is so cheap.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda Eve on September 17, 2011
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My review will focus on this VERSION of the story, not on Dracula itself. Before you purchase this book, you need to know that Townsend Library has made purposeful changes to Stoker's prose which impact the overall mood and tone of the novel. All old world spellings and Victorian colloquialisms have been removed. This is evident right from the first chapter where Stoker originally spelled the country where Harker is traveling as "Buda-Pesth"; in this version, they change it to the modern "Budapest". Another example is that in the original, Harker charmingly refers to a paprika meal he eats as "I had for dinner, or rather supper, a dinner done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but very thirsty." In this Townsend Library Edition, the charming phrase simply becomes a reference to meal made of paprika. Townsend Press also has purposely removed or modified all references to Victorian-age technology such as telegrams, steam engines, Dr. Seward's phonograph-related journal entries, and Mina's shorthand, stating in the afterword that they did not beleive today's audience would appreciate such outdated forms of communication or transportation. Big mistake. In order to experience the true gothic nature of this most important of horror novels, avoid this version, and go with an unabridged, unaltered one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2010
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"Dracula" was not the first vampire novel, nor was it Bram Stoker's first book. But he managed to craft the ultimate vampire novel, which has spawned countless movies, spinoffs, and books that follow the blueprint of the Transylvanian count. Eerie, horrifying and genuinely mysterious, "Dracula" is undoubtedly the most striking and unique vampire novel yet penned.

Real estate agent Jonathan Harker arrives in Transylvania, to arrange a London house sale to Count Dracula. But as the days go by, Harker witnesses increasingly horrific events, leading him to believe that Dracula is not actually human. His fiancee Mina arrives in Transylvania, and finds that he has been feverish. Meanwhile the count has vanished -- along with countless boxes filled with dirt.

And soon afterwards, strange things happen: a ship piloted by a dead man crashes on the shore, after a mysterious thing killed the crew. A lunatic talks about "Him" coming. And Mina's pal Lucy dies of mysterious blood loss, only to come back as an undead seductress. Dracula has arrived in England -- then the center of the Western world -- and intends to make it his own...

"Dracula" is the grandaddy of Lestat and other elegantly alluring bloodsuckers, but that isn't the sole reason why this novel is a classic. It's also incredibly atmospheric, and very well-written. Not only is it very freaky, in an ornate Victorian style, but it is also full of restrained, quiet horror and creepy eroticism. What's more, it's shaped the portrayal of vampires in movies and books, even to this day.

Despite already knowing what's going on for the first half of the book, it's actually kind of creepy to see these people whose lives are being disrupted by Dracula, but don't know about vampires.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2010
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Surprisingly "Denn die Toten reiten schnell" or "For the dead travel fast" is more than an opening line to this tale of love in the dangerous moon light. After watching several Drac movies and a few Nosferatu's, I pretty much though I had a handle on the genera. Little did I know what a wonderful world of mystery and suspense that Bram Stoker opened up for me.

The story is told mostly third party though the papers, diaries, and phonograph recordings (on wax cylinders) of those people involve in a tale so bizarre that it almost defies belief. The general story line is that of a Count that plans to move to a more urban setting (from Borgo Pass to London) where there is a richer diet. There he finds succulent women; something he can sing his teeth in. Unfortunately for him a gang of ruffians (including a real-estate agent, asylum director, Texas cowboy and an Old Dutch abnormal psychologist) is out to detour his nocturnal munching. They think they have Drac on the run but with a wing and a prayer he is always one step ahead.

Of more value to the reader is the rich prose chosen by Stoker as he describes the morals and technology of the time. We have to come to grips with or decide if we can perform the rituals that are required to eliminate vampires verses the impropriety of opening graves and staking loved ones. The powers in the book differ from the movie versions in that they are more of persuasion and capabilities to manipulate the local weather. At one point the Dutch Dr. Van Helsing, is so overwhelmed by a beautiful vampire laying in the grave that he almost for gets why he is there and may become vamp chow.

All in all the story is more in the cunning chase. And the question as to will they succeed or will Dracula triumph. Remember "For the dead travel fast."

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