by Bram Stoker
Part of the Collins Classics series
HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We are in Transylvania; and Transylvania is not England.
Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things.' Earnest and naive solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to organise the estate of the infamous Count Dracula at his crumbling castle in the ominous Carpathian Mountains.
Through notes and diary entries, Harker keeps track of the horrors and terrors that beset him at the castle, telling his fiance Mina of the Count's supernatural powers and his own imprisonment.
Although Harker eventually manages to escape and reunite with Mina, his experiences have led to a mental breakdown of sorts.
Meanwhile in England, Mina's friend Lucy has been bitten and begins to turn into a vampire.
With the help of Professor Van Helsing, a previous suitor of Lucy's, Seward, and Lucy's fiance Holmwood attempt to thwart Count Dracula and his attempts on Lucy and consequently Mina's life. Arguably the most enduring Gothic novel of the 19th Century, Bram Stoker's Dracula is as chilling today in its depiction of the vampire world and its exploration of Victorian values as it was at its time of publication.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/01/2011
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007420087
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Review by Revicus
(No spoilers)<br/>First of all I had just one main issue, which is:<br/><br/>I am rather dissapointed in the fact that we get so little from the book's title character, all the Count's dialogue doesn't even add up to three pages at least. That is caused by the book's structure as journal entries and letters and while he affects all other characters and everything is about him at the core, as a reader I wish the opportunity to better study his words rather than his actions would have been presented. <br/><br/>Also I was very excited about the following things:<br/><br/>1. Managing to control so many plot lines without causing any confusion or without losing logic is absolutely amazing. Very enjoyable from this point of view.<br/><br/>2. Favourite characters must be Lucy Westerna and Van Helsing, very bright and unique. Also I must note that no adaptation of the book that I've seen does them justice.<br/><br/>3. The book was published in 1897 and yet it might have as well have been published sometime this very year, for its classic and timeless style is accessible to anyone.<br/>Overall:4/5