Dracula

Dracula

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by Bram Stoker
     
 

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Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Structurally it is an epistolary novel, which is, told as a series of letters, diary entries, ships' logs, etc. Literary critics have examined many themes in the novel, such as the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional…  See more details below

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Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Structurally it is an epistolary novel, which is, told as a series of letters, diary entries, ships' logs, etc. Literary critics have examined many themes in the novel, such as the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, post colonialism and folklore. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film and television interpretations since its publication.

The novel is mainly composed of journal entries and letters written by several narrators who also serve as the novel's main protagonists; Stoker supplemented the story with occasional newspaper clippings to relate events not directly witnessed by the story's characters. The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying by train and carriage from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle (situated in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina and Moldavia). The purpose of his mission is to provide legal support to Dracula for a real estate transaction overseen by Harker's employer, Peter Hawkins, of Exeter in England. At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facets of Dracula's nocturnal life. One night while searching for a way out of the castle, and against Dracula's strict admonition not to venture outside his room at night, Harker falls under the spell of three wanton female vampires, the Brides of Dracula. He is saved at the last second by the Count, because he wants to keep Harker alive just long enough to obtain needed legal advice and teachings about England and London (Dracula's planned travel destination was to be among the "teeming millions"). Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013080294
Publisher:
DB Publishing House
Publication date:
08/25/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
526
File size:
1 MB

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Dracula 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 371 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The idiots that make up today's generation. "Um it'zzz sooo boring lol omg!" Yeah right. Go back to reading your literary disgraces like Twilight and rubbish like that, you illiterate wastes of space. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad that I picked this up one day on a trip to B&N, I had always wanted to read it. It was a very good book, an interesting read. I liked how the book was written, but the language was hard for me to get through easily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U have to read this np matter how old u r im 10 too and its not scary. Its just the best book ever. Its a must read for sure. I would reccomend it to anyone. U just cant put the book down. U will luv it i garantee it. P. S. I dont know how to spell that. Anyway u have to get it. Bye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book. However, the archaic style this book is written in (the book was written in the late 1800s) may cause some readers to find this book difficult and as a result also find it boring. Overall, though, this is a good read that can be very scary at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading this classic once. Quite a few typos in the free version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the only book to ever get me hooked on the first page. I wish modern books where like this truly a classic and wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. Aside from the fact that the old-english is strange, the plot, characters, and writing style is FAN-FREKIN'-TASTIC.
lovevampires More than 1 year ago
The original vampire story. I loved this book. I have read every vampire book that has ever been written and still find myself going back to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great novel! Very twisted and scary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of boring for my taste but it had some good moments :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this history, my students also like it, is a old terror book, this is a real bloody vampire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My father made me read this and it was slow at first but towds the middle i began to really get into it. I love all of the classics and this book is a must, must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scared the crap out o me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never a moment without suspense. Beautifully written in detail. A classic story I wish I read a long time ago!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was fab. Much more information than the movie, although I couldn't get Anthony Hopkins voice out of my head as Van Helsing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an all time classic and i think that bram stoker was an excelent writer. After reading this book i accually found out there is a real vampire culture who did come on tyra . I have also seen the first dracula movie ( obviously in blach and white) called nosfuratu. If you do your research you csn find many interesting facts about the real dracula who was a military leader and other people in history who did drink blood.
MarkDesigner More than 1 year ago
I can really appreciate the classics, and read them often. This started out so strong and then fell apart towards the end. It got really repetitive, and fluctuated between the characters sitting around decided what to do about Dracula, and then telling Mina how she is so beautiful and innocent, then going back to deciding what to do about Dracula. Then the end is so anticlimactic, that I wondered if it was even worth the read. I will say that Bram Stoker does a fantastic job of making Dracula one of the best and most evil villains in literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read this book because it was a book club choice. I enjoyed it much more then I thought I would. Creepy, chilling characters. However, it went on about 200 pages too long. A good modern day editor would have slashed the manuscript to pieces and we could have ended up with a chilling, enticing, and fast paced read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really! You can get this book for free! Just search up in the shop dracula free, and it should pop up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is with all these weird reviews people come to the reviews to see if the book is good and worth the money. I honestly donts see what this is about. Anyway the book is very chilling and good. It has its moments but some parts aren't that good.
hms More than 1 year ago
I felt like I needed to pay homage to the original vampire creator....worth reading but the entire book led up to one single action, was ended up a bit anti-climactic. Interesting format - written in diary and letter format was pretty cool. Worth a shot, but certainly not fast paced.
Anonymous 11 months ago