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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula (original 1897; edition 2004)

by Bram Stoker, Brooke Allen (Introduction)

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Authors:Bram Stoker (Author)
Other authors:Brooke Allen (Introduction)
Info:Barnes & Noble Classics (2004), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Digital copies, To read
Tags:fiction, horror, Barnes and Noble Classics Series

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Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

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4.5 stars

It's easy to see why this book made such an eternal impression. From the gothic ambience of the fog, castle, wolves, the Victorian language and repressed times melding with the twisted foreign dangers, the courageous men surrounding their "protected" and somewhat sheltered women, Dracula wasn't the first vampire book but it was the more influential and memorable.

The first half left me riveted. There were genuinely eerie moments, which is surprising to me since it's 18th century literature. This could show as a good argument that while films age and can lose their touches of fright as their audience ages, that literature doesn't age the same entirely. The imaginative wanderings that come when you read something make it scary even now, while what could be shown on screen back then wouldn't create the same effect to visually-jaded, twentieth century movie-goers.

The most memorable scenes in the beginning was the eerie realization as Jonathan Harker looks out his window, seeing Dracula in the castle looking down, then quickly crawling along the castle walls like a lizard. Dracula seems to be taking Harker's identity, never intending for the man to escape the castle ever, appearing behind him when Harker is looking at a glass shard, where only Harker's reflection is shown and Dracula is there but not. The crucifix keeps Dracula at bay from feeding on him, but he dresses in Harker's clothes to steal into the village, kidnap a child to bring back to the castle, and when the mother runs to the castle in the night, thinking of Harker as the monster, Harker hears Dracula to command the wolves to come and finish the woman and get rid of her. The other scene that really stands out is when Harker finds Dracula in his coffin in the first part, daring to kill him not knowing how, and Dracula is looking upward with glassy, dead-seeming eyes until suddenly his head turns on his neck with a small smile. Eerie!

Once we shift to London, where the foreign horrors of Dracula have transferred to London's polite society, we are greeted by Lucy and Mina and that they are both about to be married. Lucy has three suitors to choose from, two breaking her heart as she must turn them down in wait for the third man, Arthur, whom she loves. The downfall of Lucy is long and almost winded, as Van Helsing is brought into the picture by Dr. Seward for advice and out of desperation. They are not able to save the beautiful, cherished Lucy, and this urges them even further when they find Mina to help and transfer their protectiveness to.

Renfield is one of the more fascinating pieces of the book, shifting from bizarre fancies where he traps flies to eat them, then traps flies to spiders, then spiders to birds, consuming all as the "blood is the life." His sometimes raving, maniacal actions take turn to a decent, sane man, as he is a pawn in the bizarre game of Dracula. He goes from a revolting character to a sympathetic one, as do all the Vampire victims, including Dracula himself.

The center half toward the end starts sadly faltering. It's long-winded and repetitive amongst the group of conspirators. There is literally at least a hundred pages without Dracula where the doctors and guardians talk and plot amongst themselves about what must be done to end this danger. The dialogue is completely Victorian and grows grating as it continues without enough of the sinister, more fascinating elements of the book present in the form of the vampire or any other dangers.

The very end is a redemption, though, as staking Dracula himself and his legion of women is also a redemption. The ending battle is quick and to the point, ending sadly for one of the main characters, who gave his life to the battle. It's ironic that when Lucy is staked after taken to feeding on children, Van Helsing and the rest insist on her beloved, Arthur, to be the one to do it. Mina insists in the book that one of them should kill her if she turns, too, but that she prefers for it to be her husband, Jonathan. At the end, when Dracula is killed, it is Jonathan who wants the most revenge since the diabolical count has taken his revenge on Mina, his wife, but it is Quincy who lands the killing blow through the heart. Strange since he was never in love with Mina like he was with Lucy, and was a suitor that, while Lucy cried over turning down his proposal, saw in him a good man as he vowed to her that she forever turned him into a true friend and admirer by her honest and compassionate refusal.

I read the intro to this book and also the afterword, which I skip a lot of the times. The intro was especially interesting as it chronicles the journeys of Dracula in book form and even movies through the ages. The ending afterword focuses on the subtle commentaries of the book. Honestly I think too much is read into some of it. Reminds me of when someone even said Jaws was so popular because of the vaginal life mouth *eye roll* Sometimes a shark is just a shark!

It is true that blood is a central focus of the book, as it was a big fear of the times anyway. Blood is donated a lot to Lucy to save her life from different men, where transfusions were very dangerous for the times, not to mention they had no idea then of the dangers of blood types! Psychological analysis has read into Lucy as the men able to put their blood into her in a sexual terms way, but perhaps they were just trying to save her life and this is far reaching! I do have to admit that the strange scene with Dracula over the bed with Mina, forcing her to feed on his chest, was bizarrely erotic.

Religious overtones are highly present with the communion wafer, the "Holy Circle", the freeing of the souls to their actual resting places rather in the damned vampire bodies, the crucifixes worn and held out for Holy protection, and the references to blood being the life and communion.

Dracula keeps some of his lines that were famous in the movie "The children of the night, what sweet music they make!" and "I bid you welcome." Sadly I didn't find such great lines as "Ah, to be truly dead, that must be marvelous!" as invented for the film. In the book he still wins as a more impressive figure though, as when shown he's more realistically mysterious, evil, twisted, and vindictive.

Overall an excellent book any classic fan should read. The Victorian dialogue can grow a bit stale and some of the middle is too stagnant, but the beginning and the end and the build-up journey are fantastic, memorable, and powerfully impressive.
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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Great classic. Some horror but not disturbingly. Checked out from local library. It also has a new sequel from a distant family member of Bram. ( )
  ashleysuzan92 | Jun 10, 2016 |
The start of it all...Count Dracula. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this story. I am not a huge vampire story fan and I was afraid I'd get lost in the verbage, but neither of those personal hangups stopped me from loving this story. The audiobook narrator, Robert Whitfield, did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. The speakers jumped around a lot, but Stoker did it in such a way that nothing got lost. He truly captured the emotions and the horror felt by the characters. No wonder this is the ultimate vampire novel! ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker.

This is a wonderful classic book. I enjoyed the story because it was well written and conveniently drafted for all ages. An aura of gloom saturates the plot of the story creating multiple viewpoints from the characters that stayed with the reader keeping all dialogue memorizing to follow the story to the end.

Dracula’s character, as a vampire, is an ideal vision of pure evil even though he does not overly visit the events of the story throughout the book that was honored in his name and somewhat a myth in history. At the beginning Bram Stoker starts right off giving the basics by describing the Count, the castle in Transylvania, its gloomy landscape and the historic tombs.

Than the story goes on with Dracula doing business with Jonathan Harker Housing Firm buying houses all over London. That is how Jonathan got involved with the Count and later found himself swallowed up by the likes of this strange person who calls himself Dracula. The Count wanted information about the English customs, traditions and the English language so he encourages Jonathan to stay at the castle for a few days which led to a month or more as a prisoner. While at the castle mysterious things and happenings were accruing to frighten Jonathan with imageries of awe and finally placing who Dracula really was to the point of creating a means of escape for himself.

Than the story is carried out by Stoker using literary technique’s such as the fragments of journal diaries wrote by other characters, and letters and newspaper clippings for more entries of information to bring the story to a close. Experiencing this type of format was an added plus for me because it was easier to follow and made the story more interesting considering it was suppose to be a horror. It was a laid-back interesting horror classic. I enjoyed the book and found it a more adventurous suspenseful mystery story.
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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The Illustrated Dracula: This book fails the flip test. If something’s title includes the word “Illustrated”, you ought to see pictures when you flip through it. I didn’t.

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How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history almost at variance with the possibilities of latter-day belief may stand forth as simple fact. There is throughout no statement of past things wherein memory may err, for all the records chosen are exactly contemporary, given from the standpoints and within the range of knowledge of those who made them.
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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.
I have learned not to think little of any one's belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.
No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.
Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.
I heard once of an American who so defined faith: ‘that faculty which enables us to believe things which we know to be untrue.
Denin die Todtem reiten schnell. For the dead travel fast.
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Estate agent gets
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A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written -- and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.

Pocket Books Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Dracula was prepared by Joseph Valente, Professor of English at the University of Illinois and the author of Dracula's Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood, who provides insight into the racial connotations of this enduring masterpiece.

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An evil count in Transylvania leads an army of human vampires that prey on people.

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