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Dracula Paperback – June 24, 2015
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“There lay Lucy, seemingly just as we had seen her the night before her funeral. She was, if possible, more radiantly beautiful than ever; and I could not believe that she was dead. The lips were red, nay redder than before; and on the cheeks was a delicate bloom.”
I can’t imagine what it must have been like to read Dracula in 1897.
Bram Stoker was far ahead of his time with this novel.
Even when you have not read it is unavoidable to live in a world where Dracula influence permeates many aspects of our culture, the more you consume literature or cinema the more you know you have to read Dracula, at least to not feel the influences are not being spoilers. A time seemed I couldn't read more without crash with references to Dracula so I get one edition in Spanish and I loved so much that I have read it again in English in the AmazonClassics Edition that has a good edition and the always useful X-Ray. In my opinion this edition is better than the Kindle in Motion edition whose style of drawings translates the horror of the novel into something a bit infantile.
The novel has this sometimes misleading contrasts... the characters speak in a flourish and elaborated way, with etiquettes of a time now gone so I couldn't say they are literal or literary but they are quite rich, with many formulas of affection and old decency that filters friendship and love in its expressions, so modest that even the diaries can be read without fear of the characters to find something explicitly sensual; the count, an ancient being is more connected to our primal sides, feels inversely more connected to our times, making the idea of the language misleading as he speak without those clothes of etiquette in a more visceral way. The eroticism of the gentlemen in the case of Dracula is turned into naked sexuality; while the gentlemen utter profuse discourses of friendship the count just appear taking the bodies of the ladies and offering his body to them in wordless ways in silent nights, his words almost blend with the wind or the mist, as a half remembered dream.
XIX century is ending and the scientific optimism of the age crashes when it expands fast till touch the dark world and both are seduced: the Count study this new world with stenographs, webs of trains and vessels and customs, and feels called or even invoked by that labyrinth that is London; the group of young friends also are explorers of that time find in the world of Dracula a power that is awakening to its full intensity, that can use their modern world of laws and technology against them or bypass it totally. In both sides we have economical power, is the money, vulgar as it can be read, the bridge that connects both worlds, that make it a translator and be possible to the Count to attempt a plan to conquest London and is money what makes possible to the group of friends to take the fight across the ocean and exotic lands.
The ending is raw, miserable, nasty, in a good way as it open many questions about what happened if things had went otherwise, if a young man from London had not traveled to the castle, if Lucy's life had not been falling apart in pieces, if there was a design in the properties chosen by the Count... so many questions. This is a deep novel that deserves the title of classic.