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La Dame au linceul

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  374 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
" Là, sur la terrasse, dans la clarté lunaire maintenant plus intense, se tenait une femme vêtue d'un linceul trempé qui ruisselait sur le marbre, faisant une flaque qui s'écoulait lentement sur les marches mouillées. Son attitude et sa mise, les circonstances de notre rencontre, me donnèrent aussitôt à penser, même si elle se mouvait et parlait, qu'elle était morte. Elle ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published January 5th 1996 by Actes Sud (first published 1909)
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My Inner Shelf
Mar 09, 2010 My Inner Shelf rated it really liked it
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-
Nov 03, 2013 Stuart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2010 Lorena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Robert burke
Mar 31, 2014 Robert burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2011 Rayrumtum rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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
Aug 16, 2010 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2010 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :-)
Mikko Peralta
It actually very well, but only up until the mystery of the lady of the shroud was revealed. What followed was a litany of how perfect Rupert is, how beautiful the queen is, and so on. And from then on, it's one tedious 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 really liked it  ·  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.
May 14, 2012 Rosanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whoever
I liked this one. I had a hard time getting past the whole hovering airplane thing.
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
Nov 01, 2012 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird-fiction
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
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
Nov 02, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful mess this book is! Stoker employs the "documentary" style of narration that he used so well in "Dracula." The first 50 pages mostly comprise legal documents, as various heirs sue and countersue over the estate of the late Roger Melton. The actual heir, Rupert, will inherit the vast fortune, IF HE SPENDS SIX MONTHS IN A SCARY CASTLE. There he meets the titular lady, who may or may not be a vampire. It all ends with a huge air battle over Turkey, obviously. The book is somewhat le ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Álvaro Martín Rodríguez
No sé qué novela de 200 páginas ha leído la gente que dice que le sobran 100. Yo he leído una de 510 y le sobran 410.

La historia empieza bien, con claras reminiscencias a Drácula y acaba siendo un tostón intrascendente de proporciones épicas.
Shawna Corner
Oh my gosh, this could have been a 100-page short story instead of 282 pages. I liked the idea of telling the story through letters and journal entries though.
Less Gothic horror, more Gothic romance, with a dusting of Ruritanian adventure sprinkled on top. Personally, I would have preferred more of Stoker' take on Anthony Hope's Prisoner of Zenda scenario but this was a good story nonetheless.

The romance is atmospheric, creepy and intimate, if at times somewhat overwrought. The adventure is set in the milieu of pre-First World War Balkan politics and I would have enjoyed more of this and a little less of the "Bloofer Lady" wandering about the midnight
Nov 17, 2015 Trusca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dec 25, 2011 ArdnAskelA rated it really liked it
Shelves: bibli-paris, fantasy
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..
Jan 16, 2016 Da rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No entendí si era de terror o de qué, pero me pareció malísimo
... I'm sorry to say that "The Lady of the Shroud" was a real disappointment. One of the most boring stories I've ever read. After reading "Dracula" for the nth time, I still LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The writing style, the story, it's just perfect. I really tried to like "The Lady of the Shroud", but it was only a long drawn-out story without highlights.
Rhona Crawford
A bit difficult to get into, but I got going after a while. I am so familiar with Dracula that I decided to investigate more Stoker novels. The style is the very familiar journal/letter-writing I've grown to love. There were times, I admit, that I looked at the number of pages left and wondered why he bothered to continue - there were about four spots where the book could have ended ...
Jan 18, 2013 Elena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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
Dina Roberts
There was a section of the novel that was interesting to me, but I was bored by the rest.
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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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