When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes a series of horrific discoveries about his client. Soon afterwards, various bizarre incidents unfold in England: an apparently unmanned ship is wrecked off the coast of Whitby; a young woman discovers strange puncture marks on her neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the ‘Master’ and his imminent arrival. In Dracula, Bram Stoker created one of the great masterpieces of the horror genre, brilliantly evoking a nightmare world of vampires and vampire hunters and also illuminating the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.
I had a completely wrong idea of this book. I don’t know what I thought it was going to be like, but it wasn’t like this… I thought I would like it, but it was actually much more pleasant to read than I thought it would be.
Dracula is a horror story, but it has a lot more adventure than I was expecting.
The story starts with Jonathan Harker, a solicitor, visiting Count Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains (near Transylvania). At first, he believes to be a guest at his house to help him with his real estate transaction in London. But soon he realizes that he is, in fact, a prisoner. Trying to escape, he finds things he shouldn’t have, to the point of doubting himself if what he sees and thinks is even true. He believes he is going crazy and after Dracula has no more use for him, he barely escapes with his life. He believes Count Dracula to be a vampire, but how can that be?
That’s just the beginning. The story has so much more! There’s so many characters, so much happening, so many deaths, intrigue, and tension! It’s glorious! Although I must say it’s quite slow because of the style it’s written in, but it still gripped me until the end and it was way nastier than I expected!
The characters in this book are amazing! One of my favorites has to be Renfield, an insane man who wants to be able to communicate with insects, spiders and so on. To be able to absorb their “life force”. For the first time in my life, I actually pitied the spiders…
Mina Murray was another of my favorite characters. She is Harker’s wife and she is extremely intelligent, complex and not at all a damsel in distress! At that time only men were supposedly good for anything, women were supposed to stay at home and be there for their husbands and that’s about it. But she was different! And although I don’t particularly like that she was thought as being a woman with a man’s brain, at least they gave her credit, which is more than many did.
But to be honest, I enjoyed every single one of them, for example, Van Helsing was also a really great character! He is a bit like super-man I guess. He knows everything there is to know… And obviously, Dracula himself! We don’t get to know much of him, other than in the beginning and overall shadowing the other characters but he still manages to be horrifying.
Another thing I loved about this book was the writing! It was surprisingly very easy to follow, which unfortunately doesn’t happen for me with all the classics. It was quite gripping and interesting. It was rich and yet easy, and it was pretty much all done in letters, diary entries, and even newspaper articles!
It was unique and an incredible read! I’m SO happy I finally read it! It’s a book I definitely recommend reading, especially if you like gothic horror!
Have you this one yet? What’s the last classic you’ve read? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!