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Friday, April 06, 2007

1001 Books Challenge- "Dracula" by Bram Stoker

Photo reproduced with kind permission by Elizabeth Miller. It's a picture of the 1st edition

Gothic Mastery at its best––and the villain who betters all others!

The plot is infamous; solicitor Jonathan Harker takes a foreign assignment. He is to travel to Transylvania to his firm’s mysterious client, a Count Dracula, where he must finalise the documentation on several purchased estates. However he soon realises that his courteous host is keeping him prisoner and planning to move to England for some diabolical purpose. Once Jonathan escapes he rushes back home where it becomes his quest––and the quest of his friends, including wife Mina, and doctors John Steward and Abraham van Helsing––to stop Dracula before it’s too late.

The slight quibbles one could make about the text––it is overlong and somewhat Victorian in its sentiments towards women’s sexuality––are far outweighed by its triumphs. Dracula’s journey to England on the Demeter, written in log form by its crew and accounting all sorts of terrifying mysteries, is particularly harrowing to read. As are other scenes, like Lucy’s ‘true’ death and the final chase in the Carpathians. Dracula might not have been the first of the vampire genre, but it certainly defined it.

One of my all-time favourites. I can't help loving it.

Comments on "1001 Books Challenge- "Dracula" by Bram Stoker"

 

Blogger scribbit said ... (2:56 pm) : 

Oh how I loved this book--even better than Frankenstein. I never have understood how people can love Stephen King when they've got Dracula to compare for writing and horror.

 

Blogger Miscellaneous-Mum said ... (8:13 am) : 

Frankenstein is a funny book. I still don't know how I feel about it. I found it 'chunky' ; plot one minute, philosophy the next' then plot etcetc. If she incorporated them more evenly it might've been better - but gosh, she was only 19 wasn't she when she wrote it! I'm being picky

 

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