- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Bettie Youngs Book Publishers (October 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936332108
- ISBN-13: 978-1936332106
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,628,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me Paperback – September 30, 2011
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About the Author
Jane Congdon, a book editor for thirty years at Cengage Learning, is a member of West Virginia Writers and a veteran of writing workshops, including the October Writing Festival at Ghost Ranch. Jane is a member of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula. She likes bats--and all things Dracula. Jane resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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For readers who loved the Dracula movies and stories, the book will remind them of scenes and passages they loved and then teach them about the countryside presumed to have given rise to the legends. I felt as if I were right there with Jane climbing the steps to the castle, shopping in the small towns, or racing in the car to catch a photo of a Romanian train.
But this book is for many more than besides those who are fascinated by Dracula. Any reader who grew up with a parent who failed to nurture...or who had to deal with an alcoholic...or who needed to heal childhood wounds as an adult...will find this book fascinating. Jane writes with refreshing honesty about her experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
The story moves frequently but seamlessly between Jane's trip to Romania and memories of her childhood in West Virginia. I kept turning the pages to see what sort of resolution visiting Dracula's haunts could possibly bring to the scars left over from a childhood of disappointment and belittlement. Read the book to find out!
If you knew the author, and I do, you could hear her voice and see her facial and body expressions throughout this book. If you don't know the author, you'll have someone you know in mind as you read, and you'll hear that person's voice because this is writing that speaks to us.
What a magnificent book Jane has written. I've always known she was talented and she's certainly made me laugh over the years. Now she has made me think, laugh, and cry. If you're thinking aw, this reviewer is just prejudiced on behalf of her friend, you'd be half right. I certainly was pre-disposed to like It Started With Dracula. Fortunately I found myself pleased because I loved it on many levels based on the author's skill, not her friendship. I wouldn't have dared write this review if I didn't find the book to be such a treasure. I'd have simply mumbled "liked the book" to Jane, and moved on.
It can't have been easy, but once Jane started she put much of herself and of her mother out there for all of us to read. What a gift. It serves to remind that we seldom know all that is going on within the lives of the people closest to us.
READ THIS BOOK and learn about Christopher Lee and his Dracula. READ IT and learn about Vlad the Impaler. READ IT and learn about Romania. READ IT and learn what a woman traveling in a foreign country learned about her own life and family. READ IT, learn, enjoy, and rejoice at the end. And if there is a similar story within you, don't be afraid to write that story. This book may inspire you to do just that.
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