American Oxford Bookworms: Stage 2: Dracula (英语) 平装 – 2007年2月22日
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Nowadays, stories about vampires and werewolves are a dime a dozen, right? But, here's one book that helped start it all and probably sparked the imaginations of many. Dracula starts out following the narrative of Jonathan Harker and the world soon expands to include his wife (who is eventually afflicted), Dr. Van Helsing and Dr Seward (two relative experts and practitioners in psychology), Quincey Morris and Lord Godalming--in effect from the POV of one character to several. It can get confusing at times, but I feel the story is wonderfully interwoven by the mixed narrative.
The story starts out following Harker (he's an associate) as he travels to and interacts with Count Dracula (who is buying some land in England). He is warned by the locals, sees little to heed their warning... until he has some strange encounters involving some siren-esque female vampires and then Count Dracula himself. He is eventually set under house-arrest, whereupon the first part of the story ends and we travel back to England.
Here, the story mellows quite a bit and the pacing and intrigue (in my opinion) of the first part is undone. For modern readers, used to fast paced storytelling, the middle portion seems to drag on as we follow what eventually turns out to be one of the first major victims of Count Dracula (a friend of Mrs Harker). The gang eventually determines that the victim has been afflicted and they must take drastic measures to contain her actions. Upon doing so and with the return of Mrs Harker with Jonathan Harker, they whole crew sets about trying to thwart and actually defeat Dracula.
Now, we come to the final part of the story where the narrative picks up again towards a strong end. I won't spoil it, but there is much adventuring and sleuthing on the parts of all the characters. The story is able to convey some strong emotional connections between the reader and the characters. Ultimately, the story delivers on a strong beginning and lands a great ending. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries, slow-burn narratives and fans of the classic.
This is a long book to read. It is written as though it is being narrated by the main characters ,in chronological order. Reading the words of Dr.Van Helsing is strange. Stoker writes his (van Helsing) narration where the reader would have to assume that the character is from Europe and doesn't speak English as well as he should and that he has a strong accent. That all being said can make for some long winded conversation and notation. I found myself several times kind of speed reading my way through some of the more tedious conversations with not just Van Helsing, but the other characters too. Despite that I still enjoyed the book. Of all the Dracula movies I have seen, I would have to say that Bram Stokers' Dracula (directed by F. Copola) as the one that stayed truest to the book. Unfortunately there is no love story involving Dracula as there is in the movie (drats!). But anyhow, the book is worth reading. It remains a classic.