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Dracula Paperback – April 18, 2000
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Dracula is one of the few horror books to be honored by inclusion in the Norton Critical Edition series. (The others are Frankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Metamorphosis.) This 100th-anniversary edition includes not only the complete authoritative text of the novel with illuminating footnotes, but also four contextual essays, five reviews from the time of publication, five articles on dramatic and film variations, and seven selections from literary and academic criticism. Nina Auerbach of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Our Vampires, Ourselves) and horror scholar David J. Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, and Screams of Reason) are the editors of the volume. Especially fascinating are excerpts from materials that Bram Stoker consulted in his research for the book, and his working papers over the several years he was composing it. The selection of criticism includes essays on how Dracula deals with female sexuality, gender inversion, homoerotic elements, and Victorian fears of "reverse colonization" by politically turbulent Transylvania. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Grade 7 Up?A naive young Englishman travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood. Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest. Told in a series of news reports from eyewitness observers to writers of personal diaries, this has a ring of believability that counterbalances nicely with Dracula's too-macabre-to-be-true exploits. An array of voices from talented actors makes for interesting variety. The generous use of sound effects, from train whistles to creaking doors, adds further atmosphere. Lovers of mysteries and horror will find rousing entertainment in this version of a classic tale.?Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What's surprising about the book is how exciting it still is -- a real page-turner. There are five or six narrators that continually shift the point of view among them, through journal entries, letters, memoranda, etc., and each voice is very distinct. Jonathan Harker's journal of his visit to Castle Dracula gets the story off at a fast clip, and from that point forward the reader is engulfed in a ever-expanding nightmare of well, bloodsucking depravity. Sensuality and sexuality are present to a startling degree, in rather melodramatic Victorian terms. This is all very entertaining, but there is real pain and suffering and danger, especially involving the artfully drawn women characters Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker. At the center of it all, like a spider sitting in his web, is the stunningly original character of the vampire, Count Dracula.
A highly recommended read for those who wonder how all things "vampire" got started in the first place.
This book is the basis for all Vampire movies and television through present day. The narration was once again superb. However, I was not impressed with the story. It did not hold my attention very well save for the excellent narration. I was not at all moved towards some feeling of horror throughout the book. I found it blasé, rather bland and average. It is, I suppose, worth the read if only to be familiar with the foundation from which Vampire movies and television shows have evolved.