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Dracula [Hardcover]

Bram Stoker
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Book Description

30 Sep 2010
Awareness of Dracula as a masterly gothic thriller has increased ever since its publication in 1897, and the novel is regarded as one of the most seminal horror stories of ever written, having inspired countless copycat tales and literary spin-offs. The tale of young Englishman Jonathan Harker's journey to Transylvania, into the very heart of Count Dracula's evil realm, is compelling, but it is perhaps the journey of the vampire to England, and the dangers he poses to Jonathan's beloved Mina, that is the more horrifying. A thriller of hypnotic power, a dark exploration of sexuality, mythology and the supernatural, and a plain old-fashioned masterpiece of storytelling, the nightmarish tale of Dracula is one of the all-time great classics of horror fiction.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Intervisual Books (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615243488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615243488
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An exercise in masculine anxiety and nationalist paranoia, Stoker's novel is filled with scenes that are staggeringly lurid and perverse... The one in Highgate cemetery, where Arthur and Van Helsing drive a stake through the writhing body of the vampirised Lucy Westenra, is my favourite" (Sarah Waters)

"It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley's Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror" (Bram Stoker’s Mother)

"In my opinion Dracula is about how suffocating Victorian times were. The bonus is, you get vampires!" (Ryan Adams) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Those who cannot find their own reflection in Bram Stoker's still-living creation are surely the undead' - New York Times Review of Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful limited edition 24 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful edition of a classic novel, beautifully produced and presented. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this hardback book was packaged; it comes in a sturdy, red slipcase which is in turn housed in a nice, protective box. You would have to be extremely unlucky for this to be damaged in transit.

I don't really have much more to add to existing reviews, except to say that this really is a must-have edition if you are a collector or even if you just like the novel. I already have two other copies of Dracula and purchased this as an investment as it is sure to become a sought after item in years to come. I think this quality product is well worth the asking price.

Please take a look at the photos I submitted to get a better idea of what is included in this beautiful package.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The grandaddy of an entire genre 3 July 2003
Format:Paperback
Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' is probably one of the most influential (and therefore possibly one of the most important) books ever. Apart from the numerous direct imitators (from Anne Rice to 'Count Duckula') the seeds of 100 years of the horror genre are sown in this book.
The story is familiar to everyone, although perhaps not in all its details, but this doesn't in any way detract from reading the book. It is incredibly atmospheric (especially the first half, when Dracula is still a somewhat mysterious and seemingly invincible foe). The scenes in Transylvania and Whitby are genuinely spooky and although we know that the vampire Dracula is behind it all, the ignorance of the characters leads to a feeling akin to the helplessness you feel in the cinema when you just want to warn them what is coming next, but can't. This cinematic feeling runs through the book, perhaps because it has been so imitated, but also because of the slightly hammy feel of the whole thing. This is not a book with a deep underlying philosophy (such as 'Frankenstein') but a very simple David versus Goliath, good versus evil theme. The only message is that dead people who walk around killing live people are bad. It is truly the progenitor of all schlock horror.
No-one would accuse Stoker of being a great writer. The book does lose some atmosphere when Van Helsing starts to plot Dracula's downfall (i.e. as soon as the vampire becomes less than invincible) and tries clumsily to maintain it by Mina Harker's slide towards undead status and the resultant race against time. Stoker's characters are also heavily romanticised, with the men repeatedly declaring their platonic love for the 'wonderful' women (who don't do feminism a power of good) and breaking down in tears at the beauty and horror of it all.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very surprised by this book 14 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
i downloaded this ebook as an excuse to play with my new prezzie!! and because it was free, after it was downloaded i read it first out of all the downloaded books mainly to get it "out the way" how wrong was i!!! this is probally one of the best books i have ever read the whole story builds pace as you go along and the last third i could not put down anyone out there want a fun very well written brilliant story read this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but Stoker needed a stronger editor 21 Sep 2011
By mogwins
Format:Kindle Edition
Probably more important for starting a new horror genre than as a novel in its own right, Dracula is nevertheless still a fun read today.

But it's too long by half. Indeed, Stoker was a little too pleased with some of his plot points, to the extent that he felt the need to repeat them. Four or five times, with little-to-no variation. It also doesn't help that Van Hesling really likes the sound of his own voice. Which is a shame, as his monologues are both devoid of content and fairly incoherent (yeah, I get that the character's supposed to be struggling with the English language, but that doesn't make it any more fun to read). The team of good guys also have an annoying habit of repeatedly swearing allegiance to each other, 'til the end of days. In life and death. And worse. By God!

I was a bit disappointed that Mrs Harker's role is basically reduced to a secretary in distress. Especially as she's almost capable of "thinking like a man" at times. Still, a splash of old-timey bigotry is part of the fun of reading classics, right?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scarily good! 18 Sep 2006
Format:Hardcover
I started reading this unsure of what to expect...and had finished it within 3 days, as I was unable to put it down! It goes almost straight into the story and the action starts immediately. It is also interesting that the book is written completely in letters, journal entries and so forth. The characters are interesting, especially the count himself, and it seems quite real at times (I found myself closing all my windows and checking my room for vampires).

My only complaint was that I found that the book ended quite abruptly...the story was excellent and it prepared me for a huge, wonderful ending...and then never presented it. The book ended awfully suddenly in comparison to the rest of the book which was excellent.

HOWEVER despite this, I still recommend this as its a great read and the book looks great with the red cover. Recommended :)
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 110 Years On - Still a Best Seller. 2 July 2006
By Jodi Dougan VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Next year is the 110th anniversary of the publication of Dracula. Dracula, or Count Dracula, is probably the most famous vampire of them all. After one hundred years, Dracula is so ingrained into vampire mythology that when we think vampires - we think Dracula.

You could argue that the reason for this began with F.W. Murnau's film Nosferatu. Although the main character, wonderfully portrayed by Max Schreck, is referred to as Count Orlok - the viewing public were not fooled! Thousands of fans knew Murnau was telling the Dracula story! And so began a phenomenon, Dracula is now the most portrayed character in the horror genre - beating the likes of Frankenstein - and notching up over 160 portrayals. Most notable of these, apart from the previously mentioned Max Schreck, include those by: Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and, more recently, Gary Oldman.

So, does this explain the unbelievable success of the Dracula novel? Are the scores of portrayals serving as huge advertising campaigns? Is this the reason why one hundred years on thousands of copies of Dracula are still being sold? Of course not!

Bram Stoker's Dracula completely captured the imagination of the reading public. One of the reasons for this is that it is not written like a novel - one unknown voice telling you a story. Stoker's Dracula is told to us by many voices all of which are characters within Dracula. The protagonists tell us the story through diary entries, newspaper clippings and letters. This style of story telling adds to our fear while reading, as it immerses us in the character's plight and gives us the impression that these events could be based on truth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets
Very surprised, an old book that reads like it was written yesterday. Vivid accounts, lots of history and a good account of Whitby. Excellent.
Published 2 days ago by M. Stokes
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
Real classic totally love the originals very few modern writers come close. The classic writers were totally ahead of their time
Published 15 days ago by Natascha Tarbotton
5.0 out of 5 stars mwa ha ha ha ha ha
Format is good and very readable, re-reading at the moment the original and best. A good read and recommended with a side order of garlic bread.
Published 17 days ago by Michael Feeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tale and yet I realised I had never read the book.
The book is superb and considering how long ago it was written and all the films and TV spin-offs that have been around I still found the book as enjoyable as if I had never seen... Read more
Published 23 days ago by EddieB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Speedy delivery, description was exactly what turned up lol, worked well & fitted ok, good sturdy product would recommend to others
Published 1 month ago by Corrine Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror. far better than I thought it would be.
Brilliant read. This it probably the first time that I have read a story based on journal entries, rather than via an authors narrative.
Published 1 month ago by beachcomber
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
To be honest I have not managed to get all the way through this book as before I did 50 shades came out. say no more
Published 1 month ago by Janette
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Some hair raising elements - even now after other vampire books which copied or tried to improve on the original and it is still genuinely horrifying.
Published 1 month ago by A. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
What can I say, obviously this is a work of literary prowess theres not much I can say about it other than that
Published 1 month ago by Laura Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless!
A classic .Hooked from first to last . A must read for any vampire fans in fact anyone who likes a good old horror.
Published 1 month ago by Rosie
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