I’ll open with alarm at the realization that I have not posted since March 14, 2017. Egads, I’ll never attain my goal at this rate and once again, question the feasibility of such a task. I will carry on with the hopes that the impending drop in temperature will settle me down without the allure of the much cherished out-of-doors activities.
It took a concerted effort to remove the images of the Abbot and Costello version before sitting down to this long anticipated read. At the extreme other end of the spectrum, I have to admit this is the first book that actually gave me nightmares. There were certainly no guffaws spewing from this reader’s mouth.
Presented in a series of journals and articles, Dracula is both horror and thriller and transports us from Transylvania to England and back to Transylvania with heart pounding anticipation of what’s around the corner, and it isn’t at all pretty.
In the 1890’s, a recently qualified solicitor is sent to Transylvania by his new employer to conduct real estate transactions. He is at first charmed by his client, but quickly realizes the Count will surely dispose of him once his usefulness is exhausted. Barely escaping Castle Dracula, the young solicitor returns to England and engages friends and colleagues in hunting down the evil vampire and his unholy scheme.
Jonathan Harker, the initially naive solicitor, involves friends and his fiance in his plan to thwart the Count’s evil doings and to exact revenge against him for holding him prisoner in his castle. Extremely focused and brave, this is someone I’d want on my side.
Harker’s fiance, Mina Murray, is at first utilized for her transcribing abilities, but quickly becomes a pivotal player in plans to destroy Dracula. Clever and fearless, she is also devoted to all those around her.
Count Dracula plans his eternal life on earth through the blood of the living. He is conniving and able to avoid detection with his unearthly ability to transform himself when escape is necessary. I’d certainly avoid eye contact with the likes of this fiend.
Mina’s best friend, Lucy Westenra, is young and beautiful and falls victim to the Count which outrages the band of vampire hunters and adds the fuel that will bring down the nefarious evildoer.
A meeting with Mr. Stoker would be marvelous. Skilled not only in writing, but sketching, athletics and mathematics, there would be no lulls in our conversation. While not familiar with his other works, I hope to enjoy more of him, possibly with Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories, a posthumous short story collection from 1914.
My rating for Dracula is a 9 out of 10.
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