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The Lair of the White Worm (Penguin Classics)
An ancient evil walks among them.
When Adam Salton arrives at his grand-uncle's Derbyshire estate he quickly senses that a macabre and malevolent force is at work. In his attempts to uncover the grisly mystery he encounters the chilling Lady Arabella and the obsessive Edgar Caswall, each harbouring their own dark and dreadful desires.
To his horror, Adam discovers that
To get my rage over with, let me take a moment and bitch a little about the racism. The “n” word is a trigger in society today but I am fully aware that at one point, it was nothing but a word (though obviously demeaning), so I would’ve happily let this book be what it is despite the fact that it uses the word “n” as commonly as we use ...more
Dentro de la trama principal se encuentran algunas subtramas interesantes, que protagonizan Edgar Caswall, un vecino propie ...more
I hated this book. With a quarter left I cracked it and gave into the ridiculousness of the writing, the characters, and the dialogue. I think Bram Stoker was drunk writing this one and I certainly wanted to be to get me through the end. Being the last book that Bram ever wrote, which was published a year before he died (of possible syphilis related causes), I thought that it would be one of his better ones. It wasn’t.
The story is dra ...more
THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM ist ein Zugunglück von Roman, den ich nach 80 Seiten entnervt beiseite gelegt habe.
Dabei war ich an der pulpig-schönen Vintage Ausgabe von Arrow Books nicht vorbei gekommen und dann doppelt begeistert, als ich feststellte, dass Stokers Roman die Vorlage für Ken Russells mega schrillen Film BISS DER SCHLANGENFRAU ist, den ich großartig finde.
THE LAIR beginnt recht stimmungsvoll, wenn auch nicht gerade ...more
The Lair Of The White Worm was a confusing and flawed book that begins in dull conversation, features an entire town going insane because of birds and a kite, and ends in a giant explosion.
It was the written form of an Ed Wood movie -- trite dialogue, scenes randomly abutting each other in what I view to be the written form of stock footage usage, and a giant explosion at the end. Because really, how else were they going to end it?
It's 1870 in Derbyshire's High Peak district. While on a visit to his elderly uncle in the tiny village of Penda's Dale, Adam Salton - already shocked by the oppressive melancholic atmosphere in the village - quickly realises that the disappearance of several local men is not accidental.
His investigations lead him to the discovery of a terrifying and ancient secret: a malevolent force is at work in Penda's Dale.
Bram Stoker's gothic tale of horror adapted by Brian Wright.
After reporting to you on Dracula I decided that it might be fun to dig a little deeper into the respectable Victorian male id by reading Stoker's last novel, The Lair of the White Worm, in which an evil sexy woman who is really an enormous ancient snake lives in a moist, smelly, dark hole and MUST ...more
The only reason to read this book would be as an example of:- racism, convoluted plot, melodramatic nonsense passed off as drama.
So why was this sucker so awful? Well, let me tell you!
The Lair of the White Worm is surprisingly poorly written. I only say ‘surprisingly’ because I’ve never read Stoker before (never got around to Dracula), but as far as I know, the man is highly regarded. So imagine my surprise when I dove into this book only to find the writing so ...more
The very worst part of the book is the prominent role of Oolonga, an African slave brought to England in the service of the villain of the novel, Casewell. I’ve read other books where unfortunate, outdated prejudices leak into the narrative, but Bram Stoker harps on the evil, sa ...more
"On Saturday I went into Woking and bought three paperbacks. One was called The Lair of the White Worm. It was written by Bram Stoker, writer of Dracula. It was about a snake, a white one, that is intelligent. It can change into human form and is evil."
To this my teacher, Mrs Graham, responded: "Why do you always read the same type of book David [sic]? Try some of Arthur Ransom [sic], Sir Walter Scott, D.K. Broster etc."
I was unprepared for how racist the book was. One of two villains has a black companion usually referred to by slurs. Also his terrible qualities are always described as being typical of his rac ...more
For now, I think this one's a hoot but I can't figure what the cover has to do with the story!
...and I love this one! :)
“I never thought this fighting an antediluvian monster would be such a complicated job.”
It starts out as a fairly standard, albeit more racist than usual, adventure story, probably involving an old manor and an evil villain. Then, they go from wondering why a pet mongoose attacked Lady Arabella to thinking she is the reincarnation of an ancient white worm, in the span of a couple of pages and less evidence.
They then similarly, later on, go from random musings about the nature of self-evolution i ...more
Arthur Severn, jeune Anglais qui vient d hériter de la fortune de sa tante, découvre le Connemara, s éprend de Norah Joyce, dont le père est honteusement spolié par Murtagh Murdock, l odieux « Gombeen Man », usurier rural détesté par toute la communauté paysanne. Il aide son ami Dick Sutherland, géologue, à sonder la « tourbière mouvante » qui, à en croire des récits divers, serait à la fois le repaire ultime du Roi des Serpents (St Patrick n ayant pas réussi à le chas ...more
Bram Stoker, Irish author of the immortal classic Dracula, wrote The Lair of the White Worm a year before his death in 1912. also known as The Garden of Evil, it was published in 1911 by Rider and Son in the United Kingdom.
this novel is certainly one of the strangest and weirdest books i have ever read. most of the characters ...more
The prose read like a fever dream. I understand that the publishers removed close to a 1/3 of the original MS. That *might* explain some of the clumsy, choppy quality of the narrative, but the story is dizzy with silliness: numerous staring matches wherein the villains attempt to take psychic control of the female protagonists, characters simply walking into one an ...more