Dracula by StokerDracula by Stoker



Paperback | February 2, 2015


A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written -- and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.
Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, the son of a civil servant. Although a semi-invalid as a child, he went on the gain a reputation as a fine athlete at Trinity College, where he also excelled in mathematics and philosophy. Stoker worked as a civil servant and a journalist before becoming the personal secretary of the famous actor Henry I...
Title:DraculaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:February 2, 2015Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1848373295

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh It was okay, I expected it to be really good but it didn't really keep me wanting to read on. I more so read it because I felt like I needed to finish the book instead of me being enthralled in it and having to turn the page to see what was going to happen next.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boxes of dirt Half the book is about hunting down boxes only to find that the boxes were moved... like 7 times. A lot of longwinded monologues from Van Helsing. If repetition doesn't bother you, I would recommend giving this classic novel a try.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Finally picked it up after a lot of nagging from a friend I believe that's why i had such a hard time getting into it, Due to her constant nagging. It was interesting but not captivating. I will read it again of my own free will and see if that changes anything
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ehhhh :( After reading "Frankenstein " and being so enthralled by the monster, I was excited to read about a different kind of monster, but I was disappointed. I suppose I expected something else, but Dracula is barely in the book at all. Its mostly men sitting around talking about how they need to find him and kill him, there is an occasional visit from a blood sucking bat (Dracula?) but this was not what I was hoping this would be.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Repeat Read I've read it 100 times and it still has a hold on me. Dracula is elegant and rich. I'll be reading it again :)
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dracula is the original Voldemort The first time I read this book I was terrified of Dracula. It is beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous book! I love reading this in my nightgown by candlelight, pretending I'm a teen in the 1890s. The puffin classics are absolutely beautiful and amazing quality, you'll want to read them over and over. They are worth the money
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So glad I actually read a classic!! I read this story as it came with the e-reader i got from chapters. It was a crazy, fascinating book...I had always wondered about it but it's much better if you read the actual classic book and not just rely on tv portrayls of Dracula.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Dracula is one of those books that I think everyone should read. Without this book, who knows if we'd have all the teen fad novels about vampires? Although the book can be slow at points, I really think it's worth finishing.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful masterpiece! This was my favourite book from my childhood, and to this day, I still think Stoker's masterpiece is one of the best of gothic literature. He spins a story that kept me on the edge of the seat and I finished the book in one go! I still re-read it many times, and it never fails to blow me away. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing classic!! I loved the Gothic feel of this novel, it was a joy to read and on that I could see myself reading over and over again. If you haven't read Dracula yet, it's a must read!!
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite timeless novel This is a classic. A must read for any book lover. It's the original vampire, love story, Gothic tale that transcends time. Beautifully written and re-readable work by the infamous Stoker.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dracula Not one of my favourite topics to read about. However, the book was entertaining.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic I was surprised at how much of a page turner this is. This still is the best vampire story out there. Read the book and forget the movies.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from won't put it down! I'm so glad I decided to finally read this cover to cover, despite studying it in university. I wasn't sure what to expect but the writing is completely manageable (none of the difficulty you might find with the Jane Austen type narrative or older) and while some of the events might make you roll your eyes (like everyone breaking down into uncontrollable tears at some points) you just have to remember this was written in a much different age for a much different audience. I was also entering into this expecting it to be a 'quaint' type of scare--forget that! This is so, so incredibly creepy and honestly downright unsettling at times that, despite knowing the story, I found myself checking over my shoulder a number of times to make sure some horrifying mist hadn't suddenly started eking under my door or window. Stoker's language and imagery still manages to scare the pants off you. Very very creepy and I'd recommend reading this before watching too many interpretive films. An excellent classic, not to be missed.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Read this book! Captivating, exciting, spooky For some time I had considered reading Dracula, but not being interested in the modern vampire and zombie movies and television programs I avoided it until a year ago. I decided to read some of the classics and chose this one because I had seen the Dracula movie long ago and wanted to be able to say I had read the book. I found it on YouTube and began by listening to it, but then found it for free as an e-Book so finished it that way – which was better for me. This story so captivated me I had to keep reading. Bram Stoker’s writing style and beautiful use of language is thrilling to read, and the characters he created made for such a good story. The only problem was that I had to put the book down when it got late into the evening. It freaked me out a little! Not that I believe Dracula to be real but Stoker’s brilliant writing and settings really spooked me! I couldn’t read it after dark. Now that is good writing. I am so glad I read this book. The story is written like a diary but with each person writing from their own perspective. If that sounds boring or as if it would be hard to follow, it isn’t at all. It makes it very interesting. The reader wants to keep reading to know what is going on since last hearing from each character, where is Dracula in his plotting, who else is going to meet with trouble at his design, how are they going to defeat him. Points of interest: Other titles Stoker had for this book were The Dead Un-Dead, and The Un-dead, before deciding on Dracula His main character was called Count Wampyr until Stoker came across the name Dracula while researching for the book Dracula is an old story, but not quite the original vampire story since Stoker borrowed some details from a couple of previous authors, but he built on that and made it better. Vampire stories told now could not be what they are without Bram Stoker’s Dracula. If you think you know about vampires from what is currently written, do yourself a favour and read Dracula for the ‘real’ story, even though it’s fiction. :) I don’t believe you will be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome just got this book the other day and I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2013-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was pretty good. 3.5 stars This is the original classic story of the famous vampire, Count Dracula. I don't always like 19th century fiction, so I was pleasantly surprised that I did like this one, though it was longer than I thought. It is told primarily in the format of diary entries and letters. I did prefer the beginning of the story to the rest of it, as I found this part of the story, set in Dracula's castle in Transylvania, really intrigued me and it was the only part of the story that I found a little bit creepy. It was still, overall, pretty good, though. The ending was a bit anti-climactic, but I liked the short “eiplogue” provided.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh You know that scratchy eyed, dough headed, morning thickness that comes with a low-grade hangover? The hangover that doesn't end up with puking, but makes it difficult to crawl out of bed to grab that bottle of Advil that'll help you start your day? That's how I feel after rereading Dracula. I read this book one other time -- 31 years ago when I was eight -- and I loved it. It made me mad for all things supernatural or occult. I thrilled over everything from spontaneous human combustion and devil's punch bowls to ghost sightings and werewolves. I tracked down every old movie containing anything scary: Frankenstein Monsters, Creatures from the Black Lagoon, Atomic Ants, Zombies, Mummies, anything with Bela Legosi or Boris Karloff or Christopher Lee or Claude Rains, anything that could give me the creeps. I esteemed Dracula above all others as the greatest of horror novels, but I never revisited Dracula. There were too many other books to read (particularly Vampire books), and if I needed to satisfy my craving for the Count it was always much easier to throw in a film adaptation of Stoker's Vampyre than to commit to reading. So my old copy of Dracula just moved from house to house and shelf to shelf, and though I always intended to read it again, I never got around to it until now. What the hell was I thinking? I wasn't, apparently. Three decades of untainted youthful love built Dracula into a work of art that it never was and couldn't be. I was prepared for that, though. I picked it up with a willingness to cut Stoker massive amounts of slack for my own distorted memories and to just enjoy the fun of something that gave birth to one of my earliest obsessions. I am a fool. I didn't get any enjoyment out of rereading Dracula. It has been diminished for me. Probably forever. Stoker was a sexist pig, and it can't simply be chalked up to his place in time. Henry James was writing back then; Oscar Wilde was writing back then, and while the two of them may not be what we would consider feminist, they are certainly not steeped in the painfully chauvinistic Victorianism of Stoker; couple that with Stoker's odd mix of pseudo-science and religiosity, and Dracula is difficult to endure. But that's not the worst of it. You know those annoying sit-coms where the situation, week after week, is based on a misunderstanding? You know those weepy television dramas where the conflict is based on a lack of communication? I know you do. We all know them, and while we may remember giggling at Jack Tripper's antics or snuffling over the Salinger family's tragic woes, when we sit down to watch them now they just don't do it for us. We want to shake the characters and scream at them to just talk to one another. We want to smack the protagonist who says, "Trust me," instead of using ten words to explain what needs to be done. And this is what [book:Dracula] is from beginning to end. It is a string of misunderstandings, miscommunications and a crazy old Dutchman telling everyone to trust him rather than explaining what's going on. I want to burn this book. But it's old and worn, and I imagine my kids will get some joy from it in the years to come. I wish I'd never read this again. I would rather have loved this blindly until the day I died rather than know that it sucks and has always sucked. I need some Bela Legosi to sandpaper my memories of this novel. Going to rent it now.
Date published: 2010-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scared the poop out of me! When I first got the book I was kinda disappointed because it was written through diary entries. This must have been quite the challenge to write but from page one I was captivated. As I was reading this book I thought it was good but once i finished it I took a second and really thought about it and WOW . It is AWESOME. I absolutely love this book.
Date published: 2009-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kiss me with those red lips . . . A review of Bram Stoker, Dracula I don’t think I’ve read any book more often than Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. It is one of my favourite books. Every time I read it, about once every two years, I find something new. It is a marvellous narrative that could be divided into four parts: the haunted house, the murder mystery, the seduction scene, and the big chase. It is set as a series of letters and documents which give the narrative an uneven flow but as a reader you barely notice. The characters are Victorian stereotypes but you’ll forgive even this as you enter into the topsy-turvy gothic. There is as much going on inside the story as there is if you situate the novel in an historical context. We find throughout the pages modern anxieties about degeneracy, foreign invaders, gender roles, colonialism, disease and death. Within the novel we encounter purity and impurity, technology and religious ritual, the old and the new. There is much to be encountered here in addition to it being a fantastic read. Dracula is used as a first year university text for a course on evil and religion I teach. Most of the students are surprised and delighted by what they encounter. Consider the relation between Dracula as an agent of impurity and our present day concerns about hygiene and the “purity” of organics? Or about gender. Can you believe that Mina memorized all of the train timetables for Europe so that she could be a useful “helper” for Jonathan? Van Helsing replies to Mina, you’ve got the heart of a woman but the brain of a man. With friends like that . . . * * * * * * * * “And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere ‘modernity’ cannot kill.” - Jonathan Harker
Date published: 2008-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book i was writing a book report on bram stokers dracula for an independant study unit in my grade 9 english class. i was overwhelemed by how long the book was, so i went to chapters and i got the novel and it was less than 100 pages! it had really good information and is just as good as the longer novel. all i have to say is that i recommend this novel for any report as well as for your enjoyment it is a classic because it is such a great book. i am a grade 9 student and i can say that this is a book for all ages young and old. But dont take my word on it, read the book for your self you wont be dissapointed!!!
Date published: 2000-04-13

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