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"Dracula"

I received "The Annotated Dracula" that cinchntouch recommended. I've spent a little bit of time flipping through it, and gelling what I thought while reading.

I read the Gutenberg Project edition that came on my little Aluratek e-reader, so it was a bare bones read. There's no question that it's Victorian; all the tropes are there. There's Good Knightly Christian Men and Saintly and Childlike Christian Women. All upper class, of course, and rich. I was, however, very surprised to find that Mina was technologically savvy for the time, knowing how to use both a phonograph and a typewriter.

I found my favourite part of the book was actually the parts when the characters are not in England. The travelogue-like narrative and their sense of wonder as they go to eastern Europe and are confronted by people very unlike (and thus exotic to) them felt very real.

Dracula himself doesn't appear all that much, but he's much more frightening than he's usually portrayed. For instance, he can go out during the day; he's just weak when he does. He can become a bat or a wolf. He can read minds of those who have drunk his blood. He's smart and yet Van Helsing points out that he still has the potential to grow much smarter, and stronger, and that his plans include world domination...

It's a book that invites a lot of contemplation. I imagine this is what makes it such a classic.

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garpu
Jul. 25th, 2014 03:52 am (UTC)
Yah, I'm enjoying it, too. I enjoyed how the editor traced the travel route in eastern Europe, complete with recipes.
kishiriadgr
Jul. 25th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
Yes! The recipes were something I did not expect!
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kishiriadgr
Jul. 25th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
I was thinking, it'd make a perfect Halloween dinner party.
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garpu
Jul. 25th, 2014 10:11 am (UTC)
Seriously thinking of trying the chicken and the polenta ones...
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