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Drakulya [Paperback]

Earl Lee
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  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: See Sharp Press (Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884365027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884365027
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,083,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A highly literate vampire novel based on Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. Far more than a simple retelling, the primary narrator is The Count himself. While horror elements are prominent, psychological elements prevail in this chilling, yet fascinating tale.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A literary -- too literary? -- retelling of DRACULA 13 April 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Purporting to be the truth behind the highly edited falsehoods published as the classic novel DRACULA by Bram Stoker, DRAKULYA uses the events, even the words of DRACULA to tell a more frightening and sinister tale. Here Dracula is not Vlad but his brother Mircea; Von Helsing (not Van Helsing, Von Helsing) is researching a disease that will cure all other diseases (but at what cost?); and Jonathan Harker is an amalgam of himself and ... Drakulya.
Readers who have more than a passing familiarity with DRACULA may find DRAKULYA a confusing read. Many of John Seward's journal entries have become the words of Mina Harker, now Von Helsing's loyal assistant. Also complicating reading of this book is its sheer density of reference. Reflecting the author's twenty years of research and writing, DRAKULYA is at times literarily allusive to the point of ponderousness. Hints and symbols that imply connections between characters give the novel its shape; the fibers that bind character to character form narrative threads almost incidentally.
DRAKULYA is literature rather than storytelling, at best a work for the brain rather than the heart, and often truly WORK to interpret. Scholars who feel that DRACULA has never received the artistic-critical attention that it deserves may consider Earl W. Lee's novel long overdue. For an entertaining retelling of DRACULA, however, THE DRACULA TAPE by Fred Saberhagen is a better choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extra Ordinary Book 17 April 1998
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Format:Paperback
Generally I do not like this kind of books,but aweek ago, when I was alone at home,I wanted to be excited.I just looked for an interesting book in my father's library.The title was interesting, the dracula was a legend.This book is a legend too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A literary -- too literary? -- retelling of DRACULA 13 April 1998
By Catherine B. Krusberg (ckberg@ix.netcom.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Purporting to be the truth behind the highly edited falsehoods published as the classic novel DRACULA by Bram Stoker, DRAKULYA uses the events, even the words of DRACULA to tell a more frightening and sinister tale. Here Dracula is not Vlad but his brother Mircea; Von Helsing (not Van Helsing, Von Helsing) is researching a disease that will cure all other diseases (but at what cost?); and Jonathan Harker is an amalgam of himself and ... Drakulya.
Readers who have more than a passing familiarity with DRACULA may find DRAKULYA a confusing read. Many of John Seward's journal entries have become the words of Mina Harker, now Von Helsing's loyal assistant. Also complicating reading of this book is its sheer density of reference. Reflecting the author's twenty years of research and writing, DRAKULYA is at times literarily allusive to the point of ponderousness. Hints and symbols that imply connections between characters give the novel its shape; the fibers that bind character to character form narrative threads almost incidentally.
DRAKULYA is literature rather than storytelling, at best a work for the brain rather than the heart, and often truly WORK to interpret. Scholars who feel that DRACULA has never received the artistic-critical attention that it deserves may consider Earl W. Lee's novel long overdue. For an entertaining retelling of DRACULA, however, THE DRACULA TAPE by Fred Saberhagen is a better choice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary, but good. 10 July 2007
By S. Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What I particularily liked about this novel is that it incorporated a vast wealth of vampire literature, fokelore, and gypsy lore as well, without setting the novel in a cultural vacuum, which so many vampire novels tend to do. I especially appreciated the chance to puzzle out those things to which Lee eluded without saying in a manner that would insult the reader. Of course, as I read it before the original Stoker Dracula, I just might be a bit biased.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra Ordinary Book 17 April 1998
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Format:Paperback
Generally I do not like this kind of books,but aweek ago, when I was alone at home,I wanted to be excited.I just looked for an interesting book in my father's library.The title was interesting, the dracula was a legend.This book is a legend too.
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