Carmilla

Carmilla

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by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
     
 

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Carmilla was the vampire to break the mold of rotting flesh and foul stench. She was the very first romantic vampire, and after inspiring Bram Stoker's Dracula, she has continued with us, always in the shadow, influencing culture with a subtlety that is as alluring as it is elitist. A multi-layered story of love, loss, and a yearning for both a past and a future

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Carmilla was the vampire to break the mold of rotting flesh and foul stench. She was the very first romantic vampire, and after inspiring Bram Stoker's Dracula, she has continued with us, always in the shadow, influencing culture with a subtlety that is as alluring as it is elitist. A multi-layered story of love, loss, and a yearning for both a past and a future unobtainable, and finally of great sacrifice. Carmilla ranks as one of the world's great tragedies. A lonely young girl living in a desolate area in Austria is befriended by a young countess after what seems a chance encounter. Laura's innocence and sheltered life prevents her from seeing the obvious, that her new friend Carmilla is a demon of the highest order, and one who has fallen passionately in love with her. Over time, Carmilla's lust for Laura, and her soul, overpower her caution, and the serenity of a life of seclusion becomes a nightmarish existence for Laura as her world unravels in ways that can never be repaired. The tale of Carmilla is enchanting and hypnotic to this day. The prose is pure Victorian, alien but accessible, set in a fashion that forces you to forget your daily existence while you fall down the spiral danse macabre with Carmilla, Laura, and her devoted father. Best read late at night and alone, this story seduces you into a world far from everyday life, a world that extends no further than a day's ride to the next village.

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ISBN-13:
2940012119568
Publisher:
qasim idrees
Publication date:
01/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
202 KB

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Carmilla 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't really read any other vampire books, but I really enjoyed this. The author did a great job of creating an eeire atmosphere. I reccomend it to anyone who likes creepy stories. Oh, and I read this in a couple of hours...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hauntingly descriptive book....but in such a beautiful way. Definitely worth a read if you are questioning it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read about 80 books a year. Most are reference. Sometimes, a novel comes with such a wonderful recomendation, that I will make the attempt and commit to the first chapter. A Vampyre Tale was everything promised. I could not put Carmilla down until I had finished it. It is a well told story that uses brilliant language and vivid discriptions. I have not read very many vampyre tales, but I have read a great deal of good books. This is one of the better narratives for its time (1872?). Brilliant and enchanting, this book draws the reader into the romance and deception that are required for a vampyre to survive. The enraged father that realizes his daughter was taken by a vampyre posing as a friend, and his relentless work at tracking down the monster are a great addition to the story. In the end of the story, I felt bad for everyone involved. It will make you think. It will test your vocabulary and your appreciation for a well turned piece of prose. I highly recomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love modern vampire books that don't involve frills and glitter, if you know what I mean, so I decided to give a story that was written in the later half of the 18th century. I was not disappointed! I will admit the english was a bit hard to follow with it being 18th century style but it gave an air of elegance and mystery that modern english would not to this spooky vampire tale! It is not much money at all and if you are looking for a good quick read, check this one out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Owning an audiobook version from Librivox, I often listen to this story while falling asleep. It's a little bit of a guilty pleasure for me, as I can't shake off the notion that it's target audience wasn't exactly males. Having read the "Not PG" review, I felt it was necessary to share some of my own thoughts on the book. Mostly to balance other reviews and not as much to review it myself. This isn't a horror story as most would understand the term. Most of the story reads as a friendship between two girls, Laura, the daughter of a semi-nobleman and her houseguest, the beautiful but odd Carmilla. They pass most of the story as friends in a remote "schloss" (a small castle as far as I imagine) enjoying each others company while Laura's health slowly declines. There's a definite atmosphere, but calling it haunting or erotic isn't exactly the truth. It seems to linger between creepy and pleasant. I would go so far as to say there ARE slight lesbian undertones, but only on a platonic level (if that makes any sense at all) Carmilla on occasion goes on how much she loves her friend, in a way that only a gothic vampire could. As I mostly fall asleep before the final chapters, in my mind it remains a story about two young girls with a friendship that is very deep and rewarding for both, but quite taxing and possibly fatal for one.
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Predating the classic 'Dracula', this book does not disappoint. Everyone at some point in their life needs to read this story and get a taste of the original vampires. No sparkling, werewolf fighting vampires here. Just a wonderful story about two girls; one who happens to be a vampire. Also a very short read!
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