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Dracula (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 25 Jan 2007
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"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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I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I find it brilliant how Stoker has written the book from the persepctives of the characters, and not from himself. Everything is laid out in diary form and I really like that. If you want to buy this book, you absolutely must if you are a dark soul like myself and are a fan of this genre! It will blow you away and give you the chills. The vampires in this story are my, and I think a lot of people's perception of what vampires are supposed to be.... Blood-sucking, red-eyed, fanged, nocturnal fiends who rise to drink the blood of humans.
What can I say? A true, original, folkloric tale of vampirism. This my friends, is a book you want. Forget sparkly twilight vamps - Dracula is the real deal!! ❤
Ever since John Polidari expanded on the piece by Lord Byron and gave us 'The Vampyre' the reading public has been fascinated by the whole vampire idea. Bram Stoker's novel isn't the most literary tale ever written, but who really cares, as it is still great. Written as letters, journal and diary entries we are slowly allowed to see the whole story. Dracula himself we never hear from. We don't know what his ultimate plans and lusts are, which gives it a much more frightening aspect than if we did. Of course the underlying tale has more than a whiff of erotica. Dracula goes for young virginal women on the whole unless he needs a quick drink or needs to convert someone for his uses. The blood taken from the throat is obviously symbolic of a woman's hymen being broken, and Stoker was probably influenced by Sheridan le Fanu's classic short tale, Carmilla for this hint of eroticism.
Arguably Dracula is the most famous vampire tale as well as one of the best and until 'Interview With A Vampire' came along there weren't really that many vampire tales around, whereas today everyone seems to be writing one. Included in this novel are scenes of blood transfusion, which at the time was a novelty, but of course don't try this at home. There is no account taken for blood groups here, and so it is lucky that no one dies from them. If you only read one vampire tale in your life, then this has to be it.
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.