Dracula by Bram Stoker

‘I care for nothing now,’ he answered hotly. ’except to wipe out this brute from the face of creation. I would sell my soul to do it!’

I have made it my mission to read more ‘classic’ books this year. Earlier this year, I read The Old Man and the Sea, and Frankenstein: The 1818 Text. I attempted to read Don Quixote but it was far too long, and the ‘deep’ meaning was lost on me.

Dracula though was a great read! Vampires have become such a part of Halloween, and a common monster in Western culture that in a way it feels like I already know the story of Dracula. I was very wrong. This book is nothing like I expected and I’m glad to have read the original novel.

The novel is told in a series of journal entries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and phonograph transcripts of the motley crew of characters who all know each other through a beautiful girl with many suitors. The beautiful girl meets a mysterious death, and suspicions are raised that something strange is going on. Van Helsing comes onto the scene. It is implied he knows a lot about these strange things.

It sounds really boring but it’s actually very well done. Bram Stoker keeps the tension up throughout the story. The narration jumps from character to character, sometimes we get the same event narrated by different characters too. It’s interesting that the character Dracula is not actually present in the story much at all. The main character(s) only meet him a few times in the whole novel.

Some day soon the Angel of Death will sound his trumpet for me. But don’t ye dooal an’ gree, my deary! - for he saw that I was crying - ‘if he should come this very night I’d not refuse to answer his call. For life be, after all, only a waitin’ for somethin’ else than what we’re doin’; and death be all that we can rightly depend on.

Now that I’ve read the novel, I am excited to watch the movies: Dracula (1931) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) to see how filmmakers have interpreted, and added to the vampire lore.

I only gave this 4 stars because the book cover is absolutely terrible. Barnes & Noble should fire the cover ‘designer’. I liked this book but couldn’t stand looking at this book cover any longer on my eReader. I’m glad I’m finished this book.

‘A brave man’s blood is the best thing on this earth when a woman is in trouble. You’re a man, and no mistake. Well, the devil make work against us for all he’s worth, but God sends us men when we want them.’

Now go on and read it yourself!

Rating: ★★★★

Book #85 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge

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