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A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written -- and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.
Pocket Books Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Dracula was prepared by Joseph Valente, Professor of English at the University of Illinois and the author of Dracula's Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood, who provides insight into the racial connotations of this enduring masterpiece.

Topics: Vampires, Supernatural Powers, Made into a Movie, Sexuality, Death, Love, Immortality, Adventurous, Suspenseful, Dark, Macabre, Spooky, Gothic, First Person Narration, Victorian Era, England, Romania, Epistolary Novels, Speculative Fiction, and Modernism

Published: Pocket Books on Oct 14, 2003
ISBN: 9780743493451
List price: $5.99
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I expected to dislike this, but it's really not bad. Quite creepy in places, though you have to allow the author a bit of licence, particularly when it comes to repeated blood transfusions without any apparent regard for blood group. In the real world they'd all be dead, vampires or not. Some odd humorous moments too (SPOILER?), my favourite line being 'I say old bean, what say we cut off your girlfriend's head?' (or words to that effect)read more
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Written in 1897, it is a testament to brilliant writing that Dracula can still be enjoyed today as a work of literature. Written in the form of diary entries and from the viewpoint of several different characters, Dracula captures your attention from the first page and holds your interest until the last. This is the book that started the Vampire craze in the 20th century and which continues on into the 21st. Bram Stoker defined the rules of vampires, although now those rules are terribly twisted by television and other novelists. A must-read for any vampire fan.read more
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A hundred thousand times better and scarier than [Twilight]. A truly gothic novel that always has me wanting to sleep with my light on (and I do not get scared easily). I give it a read every couple years or so and am never disappointed. By the way, this odd cover with the "vampire" with blood running down his chin is ... kind of stupid.read more
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I expected to dislike this, but it's really not bad. Quite creepy in places, though you have to allow the author a bit of licence, particularly when it comes to repeated blood transfusions without any apparent regard for blood group. In the real world they'd all be dead, vampires or not. Some odd humorous moments too (SPOILER?), my favourite line being 'I say old bean, what say we cut off your girlfriend's head?' (or words to that effect)
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Written in 1897, it is a testament to brilliant writing that Dracula can still be enjoyed today as a work of literature. Written in the form of diary entries and from the viewpoint of several different characters, Dracula captures your attention from the first page and holds your interest until the last. This is the book that started the Vampire craze in the 20th century and which continues on into the 21st. Bram Stoker defined the rules of vampires, although now those rules are terribly twisted by television and other novelists. A must-read for any vampire fan.
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A hundred thousand times better and scarier than [Twilight]. A truly gothic novel that always has me wanting to sleep with my light on (and I do not get scared easily). I give it a read every couple years or so and am never disappointed. By the way, this odd cover with the "vampire" with blood running down his chin is ... kind of stupid.
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This book is everything I wanted it to be. Dracula is a gentle creature of the night. And sexy too! His 50 coffins of dirt reminded me of a large bed sale at the Brick. Thanks Stoker! You're hard work is appreciated by Goths around the world!
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This book is, in a word, spooky. It portrays well what a 'real' vampire is like: deathly evil, disturbingly cruel, and disgustingly blood thirsty. At the end, it leaves a forbidding sense of horrific evil and danger, but also some closure with Dracula’s evil ways. The Count used to be just a person, and would have never wished to become what he was in the end. The way the book was written, journal entries and letters and such, got pretty tiresome after a while. It would have been much better written like other books, told as a story in third person. But it was still very interesting and well written. Dracula is a definite classic read.
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A great tale about a naive English lawyer handling the English real estate affairs of a Romanian nobleman.
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