Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”
This is my first entry in my “Books I’ve read” category. I’ve recently finished reading Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”.
“One of the most popular stories ever told, “Dracula” (1897) has been re-created for the stage and screen hundreds of times in the last century. Yet it is essentially a Victorian saga, an awesome tale of a thrillingly bloodthirsty vampire whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of a supremely moralistic age. Above all, “Dracula” is a quintessential story of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters in literature: centuries-old Count Dracula, whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, the beautiful.
Bram Stoker, who was also the manager of the famous actor Sir Henry Irving, wrote seventeen novels. “Dracula” remains his most celebrated and enduring work – even today this gothic masterpiece has lost none of the spine-tingling impact that has made it a classic of the genre.”
Introduction by George Stade (Excerpt)
“For Dracula is a classic, a book that tells us not what happened but shows us something of what happens wherever there are humans. The fear of death and fear of the dead and the dream of immortality; the psychological and sexual dialectic within us of mastery and submission, of sadism and masochism, of the desire to hurt those we love and to be hurt by them for our desires; the conflict within us between knowledge turned into civilizing power and the power of unknowable and uncivil urges; the alternating control over us of the moonlit energies of the night, when fantasies rise from our sleeping heads to enact our darkest desires, and the waking renunciations of the day, domain of the reality principle; the struggle to achieve, maintain, and define manhood and womanhood – these have always been with us. In “Dracula”, for all its occasional clumsiness and systematic naivete, Stoker transformed what was merely personal or only of his time into images of something more – of something at once monstrous and definitely human.”
My review: 3/5
A little disappointing. With my previous experience (read my post entitle “In search of…” ) I was under the impression the book would be a lot darker. Some parts of it is horribly horrific, but I felt the second half of the book was slowly going nowhere. What bothers me of most classics, is that the writers are more obsessed with emphasizing how noble their characters are than with the action – and the plot (and reader) suffer because of that).