Dracula by Bram Stoker

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23 Critic Reviews

I would highly recommend this book to anyone searching for a vampire book with a fascinating plot, a spooky aura, and a challenging read that is not, Twilight!
-Guardian

Synopsis

Purity is priceless ...



Count Dracula's castle is a hellish world where night is day, pleasure is pain and the blood of the innocent prized above all. Young Jonathan Harker approaches the gloomy gates with no idea what he is about to face ...



And back in England eerie incidents are unfolding as strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck ... But can Harker's fiancée be saved? And where is the evil Dracula?

 

About Bram Stoker

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Abraham (Bram) Stoker was an Irish writer, best known for his Gothic classic Dracula, which continues to influence horror writers and fans more than 100 years after it was first published. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, in science, mathematics, oratory, history, and composition, Stoker’s writing was greatly influenced by his father’s interest in theatre and his mother’s gruesome stories about her childhood during the cholera epidemic in 1832. Although a published author of the novels Dracula, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm, and his work as part of the literary staff of The London Daily Telegraph, Stoker made his living as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London. Stoker died in 1912, leaving behind one of the most memorable horror characters ever created.
 
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All: 23 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 6

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 05 2015

Bram Stoker's Dracula...appears in an abridged edition with haunting pencil illustrations in gray and red that seem to mysteriously dissolve into the darkness. Glossy pages bordered in red, make the book look as if it has been dipped in blood, offering delectably spinetingling trappings to the classic tale.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Milo on Feb 04 2014

The story itself is heartbreaking, full of the emotion of the characters as they deal with life, death and love, this is beautifully realised. Dracula touches on many themes, savagery, love, religion, technology and xenophobia to name just a few.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Jun 23 2012

It is plot as well as place and people that give Dracula longevity: Tóibín describes "a fierce clarity in the outline" and "in how events twist and turn". This "haunted work" was a conduit for ideas about the rational versus the unconscious being formulated by Freud.

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Reviewed by Sonea on Jul 10 2011

I would highly recommend this book to anyone searching for a vampire book with a fascinating plot, a spooky aura, and a challenging read that is not, Twilight!

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Lettie Ransley on Apr 16 2011

Twilight's anaemic adolescent bloodsuckers look paler than ever next to the primal horror of Stoker's 1897 creation: a ruby-lipped ancient who corrupts the flower of Victorian womanhood, and threatens the heart of the empire itself. Stoker's tale fuses folklore and myth with scientific rationalism...

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Guardian

Below average
on Jun 15 1980

It is...an artistic mistake to fill a whole volume with horrors. A touch of the mysterious, the terrible, or the supernatural is infinitely more effective and credible.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Jun 23 2012

...Dracula has spawned many modern-day vampires, but this most iconic character still unleashes the mind's deepest, darkest fears.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by frank mundo on Jun 13 2009

The best approach to reading it, however, is just to read it. Be fair to Stoker and, perhaps, read it cold, suspending not your disbelief, but your belief in vampires, a belief that likely stems from this work. It's not fair to penalize Stoker in advance for what he has later created.

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The Uncustomary Book Review

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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Aug 23 2012

Even if we are living our lives through books, trying to find meaning in the way our personal stories develop, we are never living only one story at a time: we have a main plot, yes, but it is littered with subplots and asides…

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Geeks of Doom

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Reviewed by Empress Eve on Apr 10 2012

So if this is your first time reading Dracula, then the illustrated edition is a great way to be introduced to the characters and story. If you’ve already read the novel, this new edition will entice you into revisiting this classic tale.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Steph on May 28 2014

Dracula is a must-read for bookworms of all ages. Even for those people who say that horror isn’t their cup of tea, the suspense and excitement is bound to have them hooked by the first chapter.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by KatsK on May 28 2014

Although Dracula wasn’t very interesting as first, the middle and end were very good and very enthralling. Overall, I’d give Dracula four out of five stars, and would recommend it.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Sheri Newton on May 24 2012

It is not one of my favorite vampire books, but I appreciate it for what it is: a classic.

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Fantasy Book Review

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Reviewed by Floresiensis on May 28 2014

In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count Dracula and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Oct 23 2012

Dracula’s power and danger do much to overshadow the more repugnant historical elements, allowing a reader to appreciate the serious menace of Dracula and understand why he continues to capture the imagination of readers everywhere.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Good
on Jul 22 2011

In the end, good triumphs over evil, at a cost, Hollywood has material for a hundred adaptations, and writers continue to imitate, do homage to, or try to subvert Stoker's tropes over a hundred years later.

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Lit Lovers

Above average
Reviewed by Molly Lundquist on Jan 27 2014

...in an age of exquisite prose stylists—Henry James and Joseph Conrad, to name only two—Stoker's writing is downright silly. It's the "Hark! She comes!" style of writing. Still, the writing's not a deal breaker, so don't let it stop you from reading Dracula. Despite its style, Dracula is gripping fun.

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Reviewed by April on Oct 05 2012

Fans of epistolary novels rejoice! Bram Stoker’s vampire novel is told through letters and diary entries and various other ‘primary documents’. I have to say, the epistolary format really heightens the horror of the book.

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Reviewed by Rhiannon Bruni on Jan 26 2011

DRACULA has all the necessary requirements to keep it read by each generation of horror fans. As well as being an excellent time capsule to turn-of-the-century England, it's a scary, intriguing under-the-covers read. With great horror staples like spooky howling wolves, damsels in distress, evil monsters...

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The Book Stop

Above average
on Dec 30 2011

Dracula is an exciting book and an interesting reflection on the late 19th century in England. It dragged in parts for me; but only because the first half of the book is so exciting and suspenseful.

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Pages Unbound

Below average
Reviewed by Briana on Jan 21 2014

So, Dracula isn’t my favorite classic. It never really caught me off guard, either with a surprising plot twist or any particularly acute philosophical thoughts...However, solid prose and a somewhat meandering plot that readers need to stick together make it an enjoyable read...

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in so many words...

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Reviewed by Yvette on Oct 10 2011

...if the first third of this novel doesn't grab you and keep you reading late into the night (as it did me), then you are not ready for prime time story-telling.

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Multiversity Comics

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Reviewed by Matthew Meylikhov on Apr 03 2012

That’s why the combined elements of Stoker and Cloonan get nothing but praise, as the two qualities that both talented individuals bring to the table blend together for a gorgeous looking novel. What you get is both a book of art and an amazing story, both of which can stand the test of time together

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