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Dracula (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – August 21, 1986
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Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was born in Ireland and attended Trinity College in Dublin. He joined the Irish Civil Service, then became involved in the theater. He wrote seventeen books.
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Admittedly, some younger readers might appreciate not having to cope with a novel written in Victorian English, and the simplified delivery might suit some readers. But remember- this is a PERIOD novel, and translating it into contempory language inevitably and irredeemably changes its character.
On a plus side, the wonderful illustrations lend atmosphere, and the blood-soaked pages are suitably grisly.
What a terrible read. I couldn't stand it for long, so I started skimming through the thing. Turns out the vampire in this book is an old guy, and he lives in a castle! What?! Any vampire fan knows that vampires roam the streets of upper middle class suburbia and high schools. Whoever this Bram Stoker guy is, it's quite clear that he doesn't know a thing on vampires, and his attempt to cash in on the vampire craze is indeed a failure.
I'll be returning this on my next trip to the library and sticking to the teen reading section for finding my next vampire novel.
(New Moon comes out November 20th, woooooo!)
The novel begins with the arrival of Jonathan Harker, a lawyer representing a London real estate agency, at the Transylvanian castle of Count Dracula to clinch the deal by which the count will move to a British estate. Details about Harker's arrival by coach, his greeting at the castle, which has no doors except the front door, his reception by the count (who has hair on the palms of his hands), and his instructions regarding where he may go or not go within the castle set the tone and establish the mysterious background of the count and a sense of dread regarding the outcome for Harker.
By the time that Harker recovers from a long and mysterious illness and returns home, the count, already in London, has turned Lucy, a lovely ingenue, into a vampire. Dr. Van Helsing, a German expert on vampires hired by her family, saves her several times from what appears to be severe anemia and recommends ringing her room with garlic and making sure that she has crucifixes around her. When Dracula then turns his blood-thirsty attention to Mina, fiancée of Jonathan Harker and friend of the unfortunate Lucy, the scene is set for a showdown regarding Dracula's power vs. the power of goodness and traditional religion.
Stoker takes his story beyond sheer melodrama, eliciting sympathy for the afflicted victims of Dracula while also recreating the religious atmosphere of the period and the beliefs and doubts of average citizens. The novel is far more compelling than I expected, creating suspense at the same time that it develops the character of the count with his supernatural powers. The climax in which the forces of good are ranged against the forces of evil in the shape of the count, whose long history is detailed in the novel, is truly a conflict between traditional religion and evil in the form of Satan personified. Fun to read and surprisingly affecting. Mary Whipple
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DROCUVA....The name that forever is E ternity!
DRAKAHLA..The name is doom for the L iving!
DRACULA..The SCARIEST name in any L anguage!
Dracula is my Fav.HORROR STORY of all time.
The thought of to be immortal is fascinating
and to have the one you love at your side
for eternity is most wanting! I love
the story of Dracula. Yes it has some
SLOW moments especially in the middle,but
really starts off well and ends with a piercing
THUMP!(sic) This is my 100th review and low and
behold it is on OCT. I said to myself that Dracula
would be my 100 on my 13th review and here it is
already. Stories of Vampires,Mummies,Werewolves
and animated bodies have been told for years.
But the one of the man who was once a Voivod
and a protector of his land and defender to
the people of the land. The true Prince and
one of many shadows! Bram Stokers tale of
the CURSED one has had many tellings on film
and from such actors as Max Shrek,Klaus Kinski
Frank Langella,Gary Oldman and Louis Jourdan
who gave a GRAVE performance in the BBC version
plus the most famous names of Lugosi and Lee(No!
not Bruce)so if you do not know the story of the
NO REFLECTOR! PLEASE...Take a bite into this story!
at least sink your teeth into it. It's good enough
to drive you Batty!(o.k.o.k. I'll stop!)I guess
my review is enough to give you HEARTBURN(oh! I did it again)
There is one main one Dracula as you'd guess and then his hos. I think there were three of them.
Anyway they wear old out of style loose fitting clothing and live in a moldy dirty-ass old castle.
They also use some old school 50 cents words like a bunch of nerds.
I like the plot though. It was pretty good. This guy is going to solicit real estate appraisals or something, door to door salesman I guess, and he gets all caught up in the head vampire trying to come to England. I don't wanna spoil it, but he's a tricky vampire. He is just nasty though, so you are forewarned.