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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for study, 28 Jan 2010
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Amy Harding "Literature Lion" (Cardiff University, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a fantastic edition for anyone studying Dracula at University level as it includes a great deal of essays and additional information at the back of the book. It is this factor that makes it so expensive though, so if you just want to read the book i'd get a cheaper edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book for anyone studying Dracula!, 27 Nov 2013
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Miss Phelan (Wales) - See all my reviews
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Excellent book for anyone studying Dracula. The actual novel contains footnotes and it contains several insightful essays relating to the book, so no need to go searching for references.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula, 23 Jan 2013
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I already had a copy of Dracula. However, I bought this because I wrote an essay on gothic fiction for university and wanted a more academic edition. Although a bit more expensive than the Wordsworth Classic edition, it is worthwhile paying a few extra pounds because it is very well annotated and features criticism on the novel which was integral to the writing of my essay. Although the Norton Critical Editions tend to be aimed at academics and students, I found the Dracula edition accessible and so I think it would also be suitable for the general reader who wants to learn more about the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 6 Dec 2012
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Perfect conditions. Very useful. Excellent criticism. I recommend it to anyone studying Dracula from a postcolonial perspective. Includes reviews and list of the best theater film adaptations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Late to the party., 19 Oct 2012
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Firstly, I can't believe I'd never read this before.
Secondly, it's the first novel I'd read in the diarised/memoranda style.
Initially, the diarised form kind of put me off, but I chose to continue.
I'm glad I did. I've seen many Vampire films and even read other books. But this is the daddy - this is where it all stems from.
It encompasses a bit of gore, sensuality, thrills and chills.
Although the book is entitled 'Dracula' I think it actually is more about the Harkers - first Jonathan and then Mina. Mina is the centralised character in the tale. She is very much the hero for me. She demonstrates astute mental accuity when it comes to remembering things like the train timetables and is the one who conducts the best analysis about situations. Whilst at the same time pretty much organising the rest of the characters - even Van Helsing, to some degree. Mina's the one who exhibits great personal strength and self-control. Unlike Lucy who gets entirely engulfed by the Count's influence. Jonathan Harker seems a bit wet in comparison (and to be honest, I kept thinking about Keanu Reeves' really terrible British accent and wooden acting in the film 'Dracula' !)

Some of the language used by Bram Stoker is quite antiquated and a little tricky to grasp - even for me, an Englishman in England. Some of the words and phrases aren't used any more, even over here. It was quite funny reading the Scottish accented dialogue of (I think) one of the skipper's on one of the boats - I found I had to read it out aloud to make sense of it ! ;-)

Van Helsing's broken English mutterings annoyed me a little - because I wanted to edit the grammar ! But Stoker kept it perfectly in character.

So, all in all, I enjoyed this book - I only wish I'd read it sooner. Now I know where some of the 'Vampire Lore' oft repeated elsewhere came from.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It sucks, 19 Jun 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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"Dracula" was not the first vampire novel, nor was it Bram Stoker's first book. 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.

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.

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 -- and he's not going to be stopped easily.

"Dracula" is the grandaddy is Lestat and other great vampires, but that isn't the sole reason why it 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.

Despite already knowing what's going on for the first half of the book, it's actually kind of creepy to see these people whose lives are being disrupted by Dracula, but don't know about vampires. It's a bit tempting to yell "It's a vampire, you idiots!" every now and then, but you can't really blame them. Then the second half kicks in, with accented professor Van Helsing taking our heroes on a quest to save Mina from Dracula.

And along the way, while our heroes try to figure stuff out, Stoker spins up all these creepy hints of Dracula's arrival. Though he wrote in the late 19th-century manner, very verbose and a bit stuffy, his skill shines through. The book is crammed with intense, evocative language, with moments like Dracula creeping down a wall, or the dead captain found tied to the wheel. Once read, they stick in your mind throughout the book.

It's also a credit to Stoker that he keeps his characters from seeming like idiots or freaks, which they could have easily seemed like. Instead, he puts little moments of humanity in them, like Van Helsing admitting that his wife is in an asylum. Even the letters and diaries are written in different styles; for example, Seward's is restrained and analytical, while Mina's is exuberant and bright.

Intelligent, frightening and very well-written, "Dracula" is the well-deserved godfather of all modern vampire books and movies -- and arguably among the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bad bad writing., 13 Dec 2012
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C. Welford (East Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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Let's not beat around the bush here. There's no denying that Stoker was written a great story, but his writing is terrible. The awkwardness of the characters and the lack of continuity in places can make it a frustrating read. Stoker is limited by the medium in which he chose to write. He could have written this novel as either a first person narrative or a third person narrative and it would have been better; instead he includes many perspectives on the events which I think he gets confused with himself as the character's voices appear to blend into one, and it becomes difficult to discern who is narrating without looking back at the chapter title. However, the story itself is good and there's no denying that this book has had a massive impact on popular culture.
The notes included in this critical edition make understanding the novel that much easier and are a valuable resource for anyone studying this text.
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