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Dracula (Collins Classics) Paperback – 1 Jan 2011
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No other edition so carefully assembles a wealth of contextual material, nor succeeds so admirably in drawing the reader into Stoker's cultural milieu." - David Glover, University of Southampton --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Full of bloodthirsty vampires, gothic patterns, dramatic landscapes and nightmarish figures. It's eerie, it's dramatic and it's great good fun." (- The Book Bag) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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The storyline remains the same, but here the tale is simplified and shortened. The book presents several colour illustrations, and these certainly does add to the narrative, as the art usefully depicts the most important aspects of the story.
For anyone interested in taking a first, tentative step towards understanding the plot of 'Dracula' then this is a useful book. It was originally published in the mid-1980's. At the time, I purchased the companion Ladybird book Frankenstein (Ladybird horror classics). It's only more recently that I acquired a copy of 'Dracula'. I recommend both.
This is a wonderful horror classic!
Stoker takes the time to let his story breathe, and rather than telling it via an omniscient narrator, lets it unravel itself via the journals, letters and notebooks of an array of characters whose relationships change through the book.
This isn't an academic edition but does have some brief end-notes drawing attention to the Irish and sexual subtexts to the narrative. All the same, it's easy to forget the more literary intentions of the book and to read it as a brilliantly gripping horror story.
This won various awards in 2013 and it's easy to see why: even as someone who has read the book a couple of times, this audio book brought the story to life again and made it feel fresh.
Each character is voiced by an actor, and all of them perform excellently: from the beautiful and chaste Lucy, to the stronger Mina, and flamboyant yet grave vampire-hunter, Van Helsing.
Stoker keeps it all realistic by setting his story against a background of Victorian technological progress: people use phonographs and typewriters, there are blood transfusions and more enlightened ways of dealing with 'lunatics'., and so the dark mythology of Dracula becomes even creepier.
An excellent performance of Dracula that is true to the book.
Tried reading the original pocket version but the text was way too small and gave me headaches so out of curiosity looked for a large print version and wallah there it was with clear large readable text making you get through the book in no time. I recommend this to anyone who loves reading classics. ;)
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