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Dracula (first edition)

The classic 1897 gothic horror novel, written by Irish author Bram Stoker, about the vampire Count.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

  • Oct 8, 2003
Rating:
+5
This is an adult book about a supernatural persona in the
spirit and misty form of Dracula. The vocabulary is superior.
Many of the words describe horrendous phenomena of a night
fiend who preys on victims for their blood. There are many
scenes depicting nature in the vicinity of Transylvania.
Here is a sample of Stoker's writing:

" As we wound on our endless way and the sun sank lower and
lower behind us, the shadows of the evening began to creep
round us. This was emphasized by the fact that the snowy
mountaintop held the sunset and seemed to glow out with a
delicate cook..."

AND THERE IS MORE

"By the roadside were many crosses and as we swept by, my
companions all crossed themselves."

My purpose here is to whet the literary appetite . You must
read this book on a stormy - cool night in order to create
the spooky mood required to enjoy the work thoroughly.
Stoker is a master of the English language. His vocabulary
and sentence structure are superb. This book is not for the
faint-hearted or for people who shiver at the first sight
of blood. The castle and long trip up the mountain add
important drama to the chain of events to come.
Dracula's smooth aristocratic style is enough to engendre
a certain degree of trust and comfort until he strikes-
usually with little notice and the speed of a lizard's tongue.
Ultimately, the just result prevails. I won't tell you
when or how. For those details, you must read this book.
It would be interesting to compare and contrast Stoker's
writing style to Mary Shelley. Without question,
Stoker is a master of the macabre - perhaps he is the master
for all time.

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i read this the first time in the 4th grade and ive read it countless times since then, it never ever gets old.
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Author: Bram Stoker
Genre: Horror Novel, Gothic Horror, Classic Fiction, Vampires, Literature
Date Published: 1897
Format: Novel

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