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o2 : dracula.

This was my first time reading Bram Stoker's Dracula. As it's such a popular title, I suppose I don't need to give any background information. However, I heavily recommend this to anyone who is interested in the genre. I'm one of those people who tries to see the value in a work, even if I don't particularly like it. This isn't the case with this book, but anyway.

Dracula came out in 1897 and, while being only one of Stoker's pieces, it certainly stands out. I know that I had quite a few misconceptions about the canon of the story, and these could only be cleared up by reading the original text. My book also had an introduction by Leonard Wolf who rather put the work into perspective. I found it interesting and am now inspired to look up other works that Wolf cited, such as James Malcolm Rymer's Varney the Vampyre (1847) and Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla (1872).

Back to this work, though. I loved the writing style and the different personalities of the characters. I thought the organization was very clever. Definitely full of suspense and intrigue.

Genre : Fiction, Horror, British (thank you, Amazon).
Length : 380 pages, not counting the 21 pages in the introduction by Leonard Wolf.
Rating : 5/5 = Would read it over and over again.
Next : Frederick J. Hoffman's The Twenties : American Writing in the Postwar Decade.

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rugbybaby
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
That's amazing! I can imagine you have so much material to work with. I am definitely going to read Carmilla, then. Totally new to the genre but I'm looking forward to seeing what else is out there.
blackholecali
Jan. 24th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
I would so read that dissertation.
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rugbybaby
Jan. 24th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the recommendations! I shall add them to my ever-growing to-read list.
blackholecali
Jan. 24th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
Dracula is great. A little slow in some parts, but in the end I was so glad I read it. I read it last June.
rugbybaby
Jan. 24th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I felt the same way. I think I surprised myself in the way I grew to like the characters so much. It's always been one of those ones I knew I should read.
breebers
Jan. 24th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Dracula is my favorite book. Ever. I love when other people like it... heck, I love it when they appreciate it, which seems to be a dwindling number of people.
rugbybaby
Jan. 24th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't come across anyone who didn't like it, but then again, I don't know that many people who have read it. Clearly it just needs to be brought up in every conversation. Starting today.
breebers
Jan. 24th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I've found the problem with a lot of people is they've seen the movies, heard the buzz, and think they know the story, so they don't bother reading it. When really, you don't know it at all until you've actually read it.
That and the epistolary style and antiquated Victorian values are lost on many people.
rugbybaby
Jan. 25th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
I was probably among that number until I read the book. I'd looked up some information on wiki and learned some of the basics, but it's not until you see the source that you really get it. So I agree entirely. I'm so glad I finally read it.

Sadly, I expect that latter comment is rather a given. It really doesn't surprise me. Also, nice icon!
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