- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (2 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141196882
- ISBN-13: 978-0141196886
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.3 x 20.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (684 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dracula (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2011
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The novel is told in an epistolary style , that is the novel is mainly composed of journal entries and letters written by several narrators who also serve as the novel's main characters . It seems unnecessary to go over any of the plot only to say that as well as mining European folklore and stories of vampires, Stokers novel also explores the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, superstition and the cutting edge (then ) of medical science and theory's .
The Victorians viewed it ostensibly as a rollicking adventure novel but it only received the attention and notoriety we take for granted nowadays when the film industry picked up on the appeal of vampires lore. And talking of lore it is oft mentioned that Stoker used Vlad III Dracula (or Vlad the Impaler ) and Countess Bathory as inspirations for the novel .Read more ›
The story is told mostly third party though the papers, diaries, and phonograph recordings (on wax calendars) 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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I cant understand why this is held as a work of classic literature. Hated the style and pace of this with passion.Published 7 days ago by Allan
I have always loved this story since I was a child. I love being able to have a digital copy as well as a paperback as it just means I have access to it no matter where I am. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Rebecca Cooper