Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics)

Bram Stoker
Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Count Dracula has inspired countless movies, books, and plays. But few, if any, have been fully faithful to Bram Stoker's original, best-selling novel of mystery and horror, love and death, sin and redemption. Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power.Today's critics see Dracula as a virtual textbook on Victorian repression of the erotic and fear of female sexuality. In it, Stoker created a new word for terror, a new myth to feed our nightmares, and a character who will outlive us all. Brooke Allen is a book critic whose work has appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Criterion, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Hudson Review. A collection of her essays, Twentieth-Century Attitudes, will be published in 2003.


Reviewed: 2019-11-07

** spoiler alert ** Wow! Just Wow! Why haven't I read this before? Amazing. Addicting. Obsessive. Evocative without trying to be (I think). Incredible. I was holding onto each word, waiting for the next. I found myself addicted to the book, unable to stop thinking about it, as the characters became obsessed with Dracula himself. Like Mina (in the new NBC shows) says, I felt myself drawn to him, being sucked in, and not being able to fit it at all. I started longing for Dracula to appear on the pages, needing him to appear at least once to me. What will Dracula do next? He never once disappointed me. The only time that I was ever disappointed in any of the novel was at the end - and not because they "got him" in the end, but because of the lack of descriptions. I became so obsessed with Dracula that I wanted to see a full description of him one last time. And we get a short one, but not much. Certainly not as much as I wanted/needed. But I wasn't disappointed enough to give it 4 stars. It's still 5 stars and AMAZING to me! Stoker's descriptions of nature and characters was spot on, incredible. I felt like I was there with Jonathon and Mina during every breath they took!

Reviewed: 2019-04-01

Best part of the book is the opening entries of Jonathan Harker. Once he leaves the castle, the whole thing is a bit of a slog but picks up again after about 300 pages.

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