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La Dama del Sudario

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Silenzioso, diafano fantasma, una donna dagli occhi brucianti e dalla fatale bellezza solca le acque scure nel mare nella sua bara, avvolta nel sudario bianco...Così si apre questo romanzo inquietante scritto da Bram Stoker tre anni prima della sua morte.
Che cosa significa la macabra apparizione che terrorizza i marinai del Victorine? Cosa cerca lo spettro della donna? Qua...more
Paperback, Universale Economica - Narrativa, 221 pages
Published July 1996 by Editori riuniti (first published 1909)
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Apr 03, 2014 Werner marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is another one I started reading, as a kid, at somebody else's house and didn't get a chance to finish. But I've made up my mind I need to go back and finish it one of these days! I've gone back and forth on that decision; about four years ago, I relegated it to my started-not-finished shelf, because of a couple of negative Goodreads reviews. Subsequent experience, though, has taught me that reviews can be very subjective; I don't always agree with people's conclusions or share their tastes...more
My Inner Shelf
J’ai lu Dracula il y a des années, dans ma prime jeunesse, et j’étais tombée raide du personnage, de l’ambiance du roman. Voici mon premier Stoker depuis mes premiers émois vampiriques.
Quelle redécouverte ! Sans avoir l’ampleur ni l’étoffe de Dracula, La dame au linceul est un excellent (mais trop court) moment de lecture. Sur le principe du journal intime et de lettres, Bram Stoker nous raconte l’histoire d’un jeune homme de très bonne famille, qui très tôt a dû apprendre à s’en sortir par lui-...more
Really, really, REALLY bad. The story goes on and on and on and ON until you run out of ons, well past the point where one would rationally resolve the it (i.e., where the mystery of The Lady is concluded). Most of the going on relates to Stoker gushing in embarrassing and tedious detail about the perfections of the hero of the story. He's so tall and manly, perfect in his form, which will be described for you over and over! He's so brave! Let me tell you how brave! He has never even known fear!...more
Robert burke
The first three quarters of the book was quite gothic, a phantom lady dressed in a shroud, castles, underground crypts, everything that makes for a decent gothic novels. Then it turns into a fairly decent adventure story. Then books7 and 8 occur which only an true fan of Stoker would plow onward.I subtracted a star for this as I'm not sure why it was needed. Look at me slamming a novel that is still in print for more than a hundred years. While reading I couldn't help thinking of Anthony Hope's...more
This book is only 234 pages long... and that's about a 100 pages too long. Though some parts are interesting and have Stoker's gift for describing the exotic and the eerie, far too much of the novel focuses on the military and political life of Rupert, the hero, who is as flat a piece of tall, dark and English as you can get. The titular lady is more interesting but gets much less stage time, and while there are amusing bits about Rupert's obnoxious cousin, the thirty pages spent on a coronation...more
Tim Pendry
A truly dreadful book in so many ways - theatrical, sentimental, nonsensical, militaristic, imperialist, patronising (to women and to the peoples of the Balkans) and often leaden.

Beyond being one for Bram Stoker completists - and the early promise of creepy thrills is nothing but a fraud designed to inveigle the reader of the 1900s into a conservative political tract - why bother?

Two reasons make this worth the read (though only for the dedicated): the psychological insight into the fantasy worl...more
The beginning of the story is fairly interesting, but the ending seems like a weird wish-fulfillment of an Englishman (yeah, Stoker was Irish, but I think it's still a valid point). An Englishman with a typical view of the English as superior - the idea of an English adventurer becoming king of a Balkan nation and creating some pan-Balkan peace accord prior to WWI is kind of absurd.

That silliness alone wouldn't have merited the low score, but the persistent treatment of having strong, independen...more
Just finished this one tonight. Quite good - I had no idea where it was going and I guess I let my imagination take me off sometimes but the plot is great with twists here and there to keep you reading. The end drags out a bit but overall a worthwhile read :-)
Considering the short length, it's tedious and that says a lot.
I think if Stoker was not bogged down with his day job, he could have focused more on novels. Thank goodness Dracula is his magnum opus.
Oct 14, 2008 Brent rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This book combines all of the major themes of Dracula (vampirism, separation, the occult, the chase, American benevolence, etc) in a much more succinct and readable novel. Great book and a good page-turner.
Beautiful! A story full of love, courage and most of all dignity! My mind is full of gratitude for the author and his work. If only the books nowadays were written this way...
JD Brazil
Jun 15, 2008 JD Brazil rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: whoever
I liked this one. I had a hard time getting past the whole hovering airplane thing.
I read this book to see if Stoker, the author of Dracula, had written a hidden pearl. Whatever it is should stay hidden. The first third of the book is a set-up for a scary story that left me puzzled with how it would end. Then it took another path which was totally different that basically was about how the English can civilize the world. His views of women as wanting nothing more than to honor their man would get a knee to the groin if tried as a line in a singles apart.

The book was of some in...more
Awhile ago I read the Lair of the white wyrm by stoker and the sexism was SOOO bad it put me off reading anything else by him for ages. But I thought I'd give him one more try as I already had a copy of this book and I really liked the Jewel of the seven stars. The only explanation for this book I can think of is that he got paid by the word. It was so bizarre. It started with a nice haunting little tale of a ghost seen at sea. Then came an incredibly boring section with lawyers as someone's wil...more
After reading "Dracula" i have much respect for Bram Stoker. Really, that was an amazing and astonishing work, so i was excited about other works of him. And, man i got disappointed. After reading half of "The Lady of the Shroud" i thought i would give it 3. Only because of the respect for Stoker. After some pages i thought "how about giving 2"... And in the end i was sure that this book only deserves 1. And it's my first 1. Well, i dont't know, maybe that book isn't that bad, because i can't re...more
When all is said and done, this is a rotten book. The scenario was promising: a young man unexpectedly inherits a great fortune with the codicil that he must inhabit an ancient castle in a wild country in eastern Europe, which he does, becoming caught up in the struggles of a primitive and besieged nation while receiving nocturnal visits from a beautiful girl dressed in only in a damp shroud. But it's so badly written. The narrative structure in particular is a mess. It's told through letters an...more
и «дракула», и «логово белого червя» - это, можно сказать, детский лепет и романтические мечты по сравнению со всей мощью не знающей удержу фантазии автора в этом романе. потому что такого дичайшего сочетания мертвецки-вампирской тематики, колониалистских грёз и пышнейшей поздневикторианской, вернее, уже эдвардианской риторики не сыскать. сомневаюсь, что даже во времена стокера можно было достаточно серьезно относиться к подобному конструкту – желание рассмеяться пронизывает книгу если уже не с...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]The book is set in the present day (ie 1907). It is about a Rupert St Leger, an Irishman who has become a citizen of the world, who unexpectedly finds himself a major landowner in a fictional Adriatic territory, the Land of the Blue Mountains, which should not be confused with any country named after mountains of some other colour with which I might be familiar. He gets entangled with a mysterious and chilly lady who appears wearing only a sh...more
When I read Dracula in the seventh grade it was long, ponderous and difficult to get through. In the intervening years I assumed I felt this way because I was young at the time. In reading the Lady of the Shroud I discovered that the reason I felt this way was because Bram Stoker has a tedious writing style that comes close to boring the reader to death. Aside from the writing style and pace the novel can't decide what it is. The story begins as a paranormal mystery, than suddenly transitions to...more
Sep 02, 2011 Katie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: read-halfway
Dracula is probably my favourite book ever, so I was excited to pick this up and begin. I'm writing this review now having completely given up after several tries to get through this mess. It is one of the WORST things I've ever read. The "hero" of the novel is just an unbearable sod. The plot drags on for all eternity, and although, like Dracula, it is told in the "journals and letters" format, it completely lacks the "immediacy" of Dracula, where you stay present in the timelines even without...more
Un livre tout à fait caractéristique du genre gothique.
Les divers coupures de journaux, lettres, journaux intimes, nous plongent complètement dans l'histoire.
Ici, l'amour prend bien le dessus sur le fantastique, du coup la fin n'est pas géniale.. enfin, en tout cas pour moi.
Mais bien sur, malgré le fait que cela parle d'apparition bizarre, il ne faut pas comparer ce livre à Dracula car vous serez encore plus déçu par ce livre..
I was looking for another horror story from Bram Stoker. Yet, I didn't find it. Instead I found quiet predictable story with really hilarious Ernest Melton, who made the story richer.
Benjamín Rosales
Con el mismo estilo de misivas y fdiarios que en dŕacula, te cuenta una hisotria de aventuras bastante buena
Jared Detter
Got off to a great macabre start but regressed into the mundane.
Mezzogal Goh
Disappointing and does not live up to expectations.
Becky Johnson
Good book, but not the ending I would have chosen.
Feb 25, 2012 Miloš rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: my-books
Well, I was expected more...
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo...more
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