Dracula

Dracula

Hardcover | April 20, 2011

byBram StokerIntroduction byMaurice HindleNotes byMaurice Hindle

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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes a series of horrific discoveries about his client. Soon afterwards, various bizarre incidents unfold in England: an apparently unmanned ship is wrecked off the coast of Whitby; a young woman discovers strange puncture marks on her neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the 'Master' and his imminent arrival. In Dracula, Bram Stoker created one of the great masterpieces of the horror genre, brilliantly evoking a nightmare world of vampires and vampire hunters and also illuminating the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.

Dracula

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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a Lond...

Abraham 'Bram' Stoker (1847 - 1912) was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and joined the Irish Civil Service before his love of theatre led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Mail. He went on to act as as manager and secretary for the actor Sir Henry Irving, while writing his novels, the most famous of which is Drac...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.13 × 5.31 × 1.69 inPublished:April 20, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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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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Chapter IJonathan Harker’s Journal(Kept in shorthand.)3 May. Bistritz.1–Left Munich at 8:35 p. m., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets. I feared to go very far from the station, as we arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible. The impression I had was that we were leaving the West and entering the East; the most western of splendid bridges over the Danube,2 which is here of noble width and depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule.We left in pretty good time, and came after nightfall to Klausenburgh.3 Here I stopped for the night at the Hotel Royale. I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but thirsty. (Mem., get recipe for Mina.) I asked the waiter, and he said it was called “paprika hendl,” and that, as it was a national dish, I should be able to get it anywhere along the Carpathians.4 I found my smattering of German very useful here; indeed, I don’t know how I should be able to get on without it.Having had some time at my disposal when in London, I had visited the British Museum,5 and made search among the books and maps in the library regarding Transylvania: it had struck me that some foreknowledge of the country could hardly fail to have some importance in dealing with a nobleman of that country. I find that the district he named is in the extreme east of the country, just on the borders of three states, Transylvania, Moldavia andBukovina,6 in the midst of the Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe. I was not able to light on any map or work giving the exact locality of the Castle Dracula, as there are no maps of this country as yet to compare with our own Ordnance Survey maps;7 but I found that Bistritz, the post town named by Count Dracula, is a fairly well-known place. I shall enter here some of my notes, as they may refresh my memory when I talk over my travels with Mina.In the population of Transylvania there are four distinct nationalities: Saxons in the South, and mixed with them the Wallachs, who are the descendants of the Dacians; Magyars in the West, and Szekelys8 in the East and North. I am going among the latter, who claim to be descended from Attila and the Huns. This may be so, for when the Magyars conquered the country in the eleventh century they found the Huns settled in it. I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting. (Mem., I must ask the Count all about them.)I did not sleep well, though my bed was comfortable enough, for I had all sorts of queer dreams. There was a dog howling all night under my window, which may have had something to do with it; or it may have been the paprika, for I had to drink up all the water in my carafe, and was still thirsty. Towards morning I slept and was wakened by the continuous knocking at my door, so I guess I must have been sleeping soundly then. I had for breakfast more paprika, and a sort of porridge of maize flour which they said was “mamaliga,” and egg-plant stuffed with forcemeat, a very excellent dish, which they call “impletata.” (Mem., get recipe for this also.) I had to hurry breakfast, for the train started a little before eight, or rather it ought to have done so, for after rushing to the station at 7:30 I had to sit in the carriage for more than an hour before we began to move. It seems to me that the further east you go the more unpunctual are the trains. What ought they to be in China?All day long we seemed to dawdle through a country which was full of beauty of every kind. Sometimes we saw little towns or castles on the top of steep hills such as we see in old missals; sometimes we ran by rivers and streams which seemed from the wide stony margin on each side of them to be subject to great floods. It takes a lot of water, and running strong, to sweep the outside edge of a river clear. At every station there were groups of people, sometimes crowds, and in all sorts of attire. Some of them were just like the peasants at home or those I saw coming through France and Germany, with short jackets and round hats and home-made trousers; but others were very picturesque. The women looked pretty, except when you got near them, but they were very clumsy about the waist. They had all full white sleeves of some kind or other, and the most of them had big belts with a lot of strips of something fluttering from them like the dresses in a ballet, but of course there were petticoats under them. The strangest figures we saw were the Slovaks, who were more barbarian than the rest, with their big cow-boy hats, great baggy dirty-white trousers, white linen shirts, and enormous heavy leather belts, nearly a foot wide, all studded over with brass nails. They wore high boots, with their trousers tucked into them, and had long black hair and heavy black moustaches. They are very picturesque, but do not look prepossessing. On the stage they would be set down at once as some old Oriental band of brigands. They are, however, I am told, very harmless and rather wanting in natural self-assertion.It was on the dark side of twilight when we got to Bistritz, which is a very interesting old place. Being practically on the frontier–for the Borgo Pass leads from it into Bukovina–it has had a very stormy existence, and it certainly shows marks of it. Fifty years ago a series of great fires took place, which made terrible havoc on five separate occasions. At the very beginning of the seventeenth century it underwent a siege of three weeks and lost 13,000 people, the casualties of war proper being assisted by famine and disease.Count Dracula had directed me to go to the Golden Krone Hotel, which I found, to my great delight, to be thoroughly old-fashioned, for of course I wanted to see all I could of the ways of the country. I was evidently expected, for when I got near the door I faced a cheery-looking elderly woman in the usual peasant dress–white undergarment with long double apron, front, and back, of coloured stuff fitting almost too tight for modesty. When I came close she bowed and said, “The Herr Englishman?” “Yes,” I said, “Jonathan Harker.” She smiled, and gave some message to an elderly man in white shirtsleeves, who had followed her to the door. He went, but immediately returned with a letter:–“My Friend.–Welcome to the Carpathians. I am anxiously expecting you. Sleep well to-night. At three tomorrow the diligence9 will start for Bukovina; a place on it is kept for you. At the Borgo Pass my carriage will await you and will bring you to me. I trust that your journey from London has been a happy one, and that you will enjoy your stay in my beautiful land.“Your friend,“Dracula.”

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