The world's best-known vampire story begins by following a naive young Englishman as he visits Transylvania to meet a client, the mysterious Count Dracula. Upon revealing his true nature, Dracula boards a ship for England, where chilling and gruesome disasters begin to befall the people of London...
ll and opened up the lofty, snow-covered peak of a mountain, which seemed, as we wound on our serpentine way, to be right before us.
"Look! Isten szek!"--"God's seat!"--and he crossed himself reverently.
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 mountain-top still held the sunset, and seemed to glow out with a delicate cool pink. Here and there we passed Cszeks and slovaks, all in picturesque attire, but I noticed that goitre was painfully prevalent. By the roadside were many crosses, and as we swept by, my companions all crossed themselves. Here and there was a peasant man or woman kneeling before a shrine, who did not even turn round as we approached, but seemed in the self-surrender of devotion to have neither eyes nor ears for the outer world. There were many things new to me. For instance, hay-ricks in the trees, and here and there very beautiful masses of wee
I have read many vampire stories, from the scary (Salem's Lot) to the romantic (Twilight) but, despite it's age, this is by far the creepiest vampire novel I have read. In fact, this is the only vampire story that has ever disturbed my sleep. The old-world language and diary format lend it an air of tension to this novel that is lacking in other vampire books that I have read. Most horror books are scary, but fairly predictable. Not so, Bram Stoker's Dracula. I found this story to be intriguing and enthralling and I found myself unable to put it down. This is the original vampire novel and, in my opinion, still the best.
seen the films,did`nt think it nessasary to read the book,thought it would be a tad hard going due to the time it was written in,how wrong i was!the book is fantastic,from start to finish,still relevant in this day and age,smashing read!highly recomended.
One of my favorites! This story has the perfect mixture of mystery and horror without the gore. Bram Stoker certainly knew how to tell a tale and keep the reader glued to the pages!
The book that got me hooked on vampire lore. Great story.
Excellent book.The plot provided an immense reading pleasure. Speechlessly good.
Great book, excellent story
I read this book like twice a month
and never get bored
This release is a reformatting of Project Gutenberg's version of Dracula. And as such inherits the lack of italics in various portions of the text.
Stoker uses italics to provide emphasis and nuance to his characters' thoughts. Unfortunately PG tend to discount the typographic necessity of italics and this release suffers for that lack of sensitivity.
The only no-cost version of Dracula that I have found that does include italics is Barnes and Nobles's classic series.
My rating indicates my dislike for merely tarting-up and copying a poorly presented edition.
I enjoyed it very much. The setting was so vivid it was like being there.
A good first book to read.
The narration is chilling. All your wild imaginations are realized while reading it, and it takes us to a different world. Mr. Stoker is a wonderful story teller
Last time I read it was when I was in elementary school. Can't help but read it again.
I had to read this book for school and found that I thouroughly enjoyed it (once I got over the procrastination of reading it).
This is a fun book. It has a frightening quality which movies miss. Teens will love it for book reports. No big words or esoteric ideas. Just fun.
No movie of Dracula could ever compare to reading the real thing. Excellent!
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.
A very interesting book. It's wonderful when you read the novel from the characters' point of view. All this mysteries and clues are so interesting. The diaries and letters written by the characters are impressive...and the whole book is understandable and easy to read.
this is a work of extrapolative science fiction made more interesting by the fact that some of the extrapolations were accurate. I especially like the part when Mina offers to index and cross reference Dr. Seward's edison cylinder recordings of his notes.
This book is not written in any kind of obtuse victorian tongue. It is an easy read.
I read this story to two of my three children when they were young. It is not as scary as some of the dreck on television. Then we had fun watching 5 dracula movies to campare the story lines and production values.
The good thing is that there are many points of view reading, and I liked to read a story that I saw in movies and things like that. There are also many good parts, easy book to read
The bad part is that are some parts that are very long and extremelly boring, i almost gave up reading when i reached one of this parts.
Dracula starts out really well, in and old Transylvanian castle belonging to Count Dracula. Although we all know who and what Dracula is, the main character in the story does not. The narrative style is in the form of letters from different people and journal entries, which is interesting at first but becomes tiresome as the story progresses. After the first few chapters, the story shifts to England, and we hardly see Dracula again. The first few chapters excluded, this book is a waste of time.
The novel is narrated very effectively by multiple voices — Jonathan's journal of his trip to Transylvania, Mina's diary, and Seward's recorded journal, as well as letters and newspaper items. Although somewhat crude and certainly sensational, the novel also does have psychological power, and the sexual longings underlying the vampire attacks are manifest. The pace is relaxed and atmospheric and the characters richer than one might expect.
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