Dracula Paperback – Dec 9 1997
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3 May. Bistritz. - Left Munich at 8.35 p.m. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6.46, but train was an hour late. Read the first page
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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."
The opening of the novel is excellent, the most exciting part, with Jonathan Harker, an English solicitor, traveling to Castle Dracula in Transylvania. On the way, he meets numerous supposititious people and does not understand why they are like that. He meets with Count Dracula to discuss the transaction of the mansion that the Count has just purchased in London. There, Jonathan discovers Dracula's ghastly secret and is imprisoned.
What powers and abilities does Dracula possess? What are the intentions of Dracula? Is there any hope for Jonathan?
With so many journal entries that allowed the characters to discover numerous secrets that they had overlooked, it makes you want to keep a journal of your own. I highly recommend Dracula; this classic always keeps you wondering what will happen next.
This edition is a great unabridged version that is inexpensive too.
This extremely well written tale is written in a series of diaries. Everything that we read is someones diary, relating all of the events that are unfolding. I found myself unable to read this novel at night, as I was 'fearful'. I do not think that a novel or movie has to be 'gory' to convey a message of 'horror', it can be done with suggestive words and the type of enviroment that a character is in.
Unlike the movie, we are not made to feel for Dracula. We see him for the bloodsucking fiend that he is. There is no love or romance between him and the dedicated Mina. The 'slayer' Van Helsing is as witty as ever as are all the rest of the important characters. This tale unfolds quite nicely and is very enjoyable.
If you are looking for an interesting and well written read, then I recommend this riveting tale.
But after years of research, Stoker managed to craft the ultimate vampire novel, which has spawned countless movies, spinoffs, and books that follow the blueprint of the Transylvanian count. Eerie, horrifying and genuinely mysterious, "Dracula" is undoubtedly the most striking and unique vampire novel yet penned.
Real estate agent Jonathan Harker arrives in Transylvania, to arrange a London house sale to Count Dracula. But as the days go by, Harker witnesses increasingly horrific events, leading him to believe that Dracula is not actually human. His fiancee Mina arrives in Transylvania, and finds that he has been feverish. Meanwhile the count has vanished -- along with countless boxes filled with dirt.
And soon afterwards, strange things happen: a ship piloted by a dead man crashes on the shore, after a mysterious thing killed the crew. A lunatic talks about "Him" coming. And Mina's pal Lucy dies of mysterious blood loss, only to come back as an undead seductress. Dracula has arrived in England -- then the center of the Western world -- and intends to make it his own...
"Dracula" is the grandaddy of Lestat and other elegantly alluring bloodsuckers, but that isn't the sole reason why this novel is a classic. It's also incredibly atmospheric, and very well-written. Not only is it very freaky, in an ornate Victorian style, but it is also full of restrained, quiet horror and creepy eroticism. What's more, it's shaped the portrayal of vampires in movies and books, even to this day.Read more ›
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This book is a classic, and while it has many very good parts, I doubt the contemporary reader will really find this book scary and might feel at times like Stoker needed a more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alexander H.
Cool little book in a nice little format. We have to keep this story alive!Published 5 months ago by Mathieu Paquette
I replace my worn copy of Dracula every few years as it is one of my favourite booksPublished 7 months ago by Larry M Roy
Beautiful book very nice hardcover and appropriately blood red Page marker. If you want a nice version of this old classic for your library, or simply you never read it and want... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mathieu bissonnette
Always a pleasure to read this book as the english attitudes and narrative type punch will always have an attraction to me .Published 9 months ago by Paul Lefort