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Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Dr. Van Helsing. The novel is told as a series of letters, diary entries, ships' log entries, and so forth. The main writers of these items are also the novel's protagonists, including Jonathan Harker (who has direct contact with the Count), his wife Mina and Dr. Steward a psychiatrist. The story is occasionally supplemented with newspaper clippings that relate events not directly witnessed by the story's characters. I would say this is not your Twilight vampire, no romance or beautiful people here. Dracula is pure evil and all that entails. The novel, though written in 1897, is surprisingly modern; themes of sexuality, women’s role in society, evil in society and its effect on the soul are all found here. One of the great surprises was the inclusion of a strong female character, Mina Harker who is critical to the development of the story and drives the plot with her intelligence and resourcefulness. A solid 4 out of 5 stars.
posted Aug 2, 2013 at 3:21PM
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