This book is more than a horror novel. It's very mythological in scale. Yes it has its scary moments made famous by countless movies, but there is a lot more to that. One recurring theme that impresses me even to this day is the constant fight between master and creation, father and son, and even hints of God and Adam. Who knows if Mary Shelley meant to write this way, but it shows a mark of a talent far too wasted later in her life. Read it for the horror, the tension, the loneliness and guilt.
This book's greatest asset is the fear of the unknown. Very different from what one sees in the movies, it's a tale of men and women fighting a monster that most of the time fades into the background when there are close to capturing the vampire; the only question is not when will Dracula appear, but what will Dracula do to the characters?
One flaw really is the characters. They're a bit two dimensional considering the times; i.e. men are strong, intelligent and masaculine, women are damsels in distress.
This gothic novel takes a different turn from most. It's not a story based in a castle in Europe, with ghosts, demons, and vampires . . . this time it's set in Middle East about a Caliphate's descent to hell, almost like Dante's Inferno without the happy ending. A wonderful read.
Well . . .if you want to conduct a puja or a satsang and don't know what to chant for prayer, this book is perfect for you. However, if you want to study Hinduism using a primary source, look elsewhere unless you are fluent in Sanskrit.