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Book Title: Dracula - Ein Vampirroman Teil 1 (Bibliothek Dracula, #1)|
The author of the book: Bram Stoker
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Edition: Carl Hanser Verlag
Date of issue: 1967
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I really, really wanted to like this book, but it was beyond my strength. I had read it many years ago, when the movie come out, and I remember thinking that this was one of those rare cases where the film was better than the book. Recently I decided to give the book a new chance, I thought that maybe I was too young at the time to fully appreciate the quality of Bram Stoker's writting.
I tried, for half the book I tried to enjoy the epistolary writing, the long descriptions, the slowness of the story, but I couldn't.
Even the characters are uninteresting, they are all so black and white, so good or bad. The good ones are always pure of thoughts and actions, they never lost their temper or felt jealousy (which I think is quite strange, considering that three of the main characters wanted to married the same woman!). The men are all brave, noble and unselfish, and the women are so angelic and pure, and... annoying!
Even Dracula is a tedious character (maybe because we only see him through the eyes of his enemies), and it really annoys me to see him described as a monster with a "big child-brain". I'm not a big fan of vampires (I haven't read, and I refuse to read, the Twilight series!), I didn't needed, nor expected, to see Dracula involved in a love affair with Mina (although it works nicely in Coppola's film), but I was hoping that, at least, we could credit him with some level of intelligence, after all, he had lived for some centuries.
The only character that I found interesting was Reinfield because although he was under Dracula’s influence we could still see traces of the man he used to be, and we never knew exactly how he would behave. Is this unpredictability that I like in a character.
Besides all this, I felt that so many questions remained without an answer: Why Dracula decided to leave Transylvania? Why move to London, and not Paris for instance? What's the complete story of Renfield. Why Dracula didn't kill Jonathan when he had the chance?
I confess that when I reached half the book I mentally give up the story, and I had to forced myself to finished it.
However, we have to give credit to Bram Stoker, considering that this book was written in the late nineteen century, this story his amazingly Imaginative. Vampires are familiar characters in our XXI century culture (a little too familiar if you ask me), but in the Victorian society no one could imagine a monster such as him.
While I was reading I couldn’t keep wondering, what would be like to read this book without knowing from the start that Count Dracula was a vampire, an immortal blood sucking monster who can control weather, beasts and humans?
Probably it would have made my reading completely different.
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Read information about the authorHe was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist located on Seafield Road West) with their children, who were both baptised there.
Stoker was an invalid until he started school at the age of seven — when he made a complete and astounding recovery. Of this time, Stoker wrote, "I was naturally thoughtful, and the leisure of long illness gave opportunity for many thoughts which were fruitful according to their kind in later years."
After his recovery, he became a normal young man, even excelling as an athlete (he was named University Athlete) at Trinity College, Dublin (1864 – 70), from which he graduated with honours in mathematics. He was auditor of the College Historical Society and president of the University Philosophical Society, where his first paper was on "Sensationalism in Fiction and Society".
In 1876, while employed as a civil servant in Dublin, Stoker wrote a non-fiction book (The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, published 1879) and theatre reviews for The Dublin Mail, a newspaper partly owned by fellow horror writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu. His interest in theatre led to a lifelong friendship with the English actor Henry Irving. He also wrote stories, and in 1872 "The Crystal Cup" was published by the London Society, followed by "The Chain of Destiny" in four parts in The Shamrock.
In 1878 Stoker married Florence Balcombe, a celebrated beauty whose former suitor was Oscar Wilde. The couple moved to London, where Stoker became business manager (at first as acting-manager) of Irving's Lyceum Theatre, a post he held for 27 years. The collaboration with Irving was very important for Stoker and through him he became involved in London's high society, where he met, among other notables, James McNeil Whistler, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the course of Irving's tours, Stoker got the chance to travel around the world.
The Stokers had one son, Irving Noel, who was born on December 31, 1879.
Bram Stoker died in 1912, and was cremated and his ashes placed in a display urn at Golders Green Crematorium. After Irving Noel Stoker's death in 1961, his ashes were added to that urn. The original plan had been to keep his parents' ashes together, but after Florence Stoker's death her ashes were scattered at the Gardens of Rest.
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker
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