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Dracula [Paperback]

Bram;Byron, Glennis Stoker
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5.0 out of 5 stars "For the dead travel fast" July 25 2010
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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2.0 out of 5 stars To read for education, not for pleasure April 26 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dracula wasn't either the first or the best vampire story, but it was the first that was wildly popular. There are many reasons for its popularity, among other things because it was pretty racy for the time. Also, the vampire theme was and still is a very compelling and manifold subject. However, I suspect there is another reason for its popularity. Stories like "La morte amoureuse," by Théophile Gautier, and "Carmilla," by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, preceded Dracula by many years, and, from the point of view of literary quality, they both leave Dracula eating dust, but few people have read them. The fact is, these are pretty ambiguous stories: good and evil are not separated by neat and precise borders. They are not merely scary, they are disturbing. On the other hand, Dracula is very straightforward and simplistic. On the one hand, you have Dracula, a totally evil force, on the other, the "brave men" and Mina, who represent the forces of civilization and "therefore," they are perfectly good. In this picture, Lucy and Renfield are the most interesting characters, because they are the only ones that stand in a grey area. The "message" of the story is that you can always defeat the forces of darkness, as long as you have the right technology and the right money, and as long as the powers of civilized life are on your side. This is simply not the way it works, however.
Most movie Draculas are more interesting than Stoker's Dracula. In the movies, correctly I think, they have generally tried to make Dracula more seductive, and sometimes even charming. In the book, Dracula is more like a rapist, and utterly disagreeable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars for once I say watch the movie! Aug. 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The idea of the vampire is fascinating, but Bram Stoker's book is not. I began reading this novel in the hopes that I might find more depth of character and plot than in the movie. But any hopes for this were demolished by the clumsy form, lack of a real narrator, and lack of character development.
At first I found the form interesting. The whole story is related through diary/journal entries by the characters, newspaper clips, telegrams, etc. Yet by the time I had read roughly 100 pages, I was growing tired of listening to the characters bubble on about their emotions, and how beautiful everyone except Dracula is.
Towards the climactic scene, the journal form begins to conflict more and more with the plot. As the actions become more time-compressed, the characters have to spend more time writing down conversations and updates to the plot. One imagines them scurrying off after anything happens to go and write it down in their diary. (I don't know anyone in real life who does this.)
Also, since he is seen through the distance of the characters' point of view, Dracula has hardly any recognizable presence in the story, except as the invisible menace. Being a boring villain, he is defeated by boring, superstitious means. What reason is there for the vampire to appear in the characters' lives anyway, unless to punish them for a wild imagination and gushing diaries?
The only character of interest is Dr. Van Helsing, especially when he speaks of an odd impulse to laughter that comes up at the most inopportune times, and when he speaks of the vampire's "child" brain.
Otherwise, the book suffers heavily from lack of a good narrator (who would perhaps scale down some of the gratuitous sentimentalism), and so I suggest watching the Francis Ford Coppolla film instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula rules!
Beautiful copy!! I am beyond happy ,these editions are fantastic and functional ! Dracula is also one of my favorite 19th century novels of all time, reading this will be stylin'!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Read. But Worth The Effort
I was very surprised with how good this book really was. Especially for its time.
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Published 20 months ago by Koopa90
5.0 out of 5 stars For the dead travel fast
"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,... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2012 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
A good read, and I find the cover of this version to be very elegant. This book is the start of vampires, and so it is a must-read for anyone who enjoys vampire novels.
Published on Feb. 12 2012 by SimpleElegance
5.0 out of 5 stars eerie
Obviously, this is a classic that will never die (sorry, couldn't resist) and who am I to criticise? Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2012 by Dana
1.0 out of 5 stars Literary classic? What a joke!
This is by far one of the worst books I've ever read. In fact I wish I could give it no stars. Stoker's storytelling ability is garbage. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2010 by Charles King
5.0 out of 5 stars "For the dead travel fast"
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars "For the dead travel fast"
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars For the dead travel fast
"Dracula" was not the first vampire novel, nor was it Bram Stoker's first book.

But after years of research, Stoker managed to craft the ultimate vampire novel, which... Read more
Published on July 5 2009 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
Written in 1897, Dracula by Bram Stoker is an amazing gothic and horror classic about the vampire: Count Dracula. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2008 by Sam
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