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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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it was amazing
Read from October 22, 2011 to March 10, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 5

REREADING yet again
Mythgard Academy began covering Dracula and though I was just listening along at first, I have been pulled back into rereading it along with the "class assignments." Corey Olsen is a wonderful instructor/conversationalist and I am appreciating the skill that went into writing this book more than ever. UPDATE - finishing the text part of the class, I take my hat off to Corey Olsen. He looked at layers I'd never seen, in a Lord of the Rings kind of way. This has always been one of my favorite books and now it is very close to Tolkien territory.

REREADING - The Naxos audiobook is simply fantastic. I was just sampling it and couldn't quit. So I guess I'm rereading it yet again.

UPDATE - I just finished listening to Van Helsing's speech to Dr. Seward pointing out that he doesn't know everything just because he's a scientist.
"Can you tell me why the tortoise lives more long than generations of men; why the elephant goes on and on till he have seen dynasties; and why the parrot never die only of bite of cat or dog or other complaint? Can you tell me why men believe in all ages and places that there are some few who live on always if they be permit; that there are men and women who cannot die?..."
I recently read the Book of Job in its entirety and was suddenly struck by how familiar Van Helsing's cadences had become. It is a direct lifting of the style of chapter 28 where God speaks to Job out of the whirlwind:
Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone--while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?...
Really wonderful to find that gem in this great book.

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I have read this classic so many times, but mostly when I was younger. A few years ago I listened to the Librivox recording which I greatly enjoyed.

Now Heather Ordover at CraftLit is going through the book. She's recruited people to fill in with reading for the different characters where she didn't feel the Librivox version was adequate. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience which highlights the author's talent. As always, Heather supplements this with background material and thoughtful commentary. This is the English class you always wished for, based around really wonderful books. (There is craft talk at the beginning of each podcast. For those who wish only book talk, Just the Books is a parallel podcast with the craft talk trimmed out (I confess I resort to this most of the time).
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45.0% "27 chapters overall."
01/03 page 290
59.0% "27 chapters total. On ch. 16 now."
02/22 page 440
89.0% "I am fairly sure there is no better audio reading of Dracula than the cast that Heather Ordover assembled to read this book for her CraftLit / Just the Books podcasts. Holy moly, my skin was crawling listening to the most recent chapters (23-25)" 3 comments
03/09 page 475
97.0% "Just one chapter left! This has been an exceptionally fruitful book for CraftLit / Just the Books (or so it seems to me). I'll be very sorry when it is done."
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message 1: by booklady (new)

booklady Thanks for CraftLit link Julie!


Julie Davis You'll love it!


message 3: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander Van Helsing is wild. Such a weird science hero.


Julie Davis Bryan wrote: "Van Helsing is wild. Such a weird science hero."

Kind of perfect in that "science meets faith" way. I remember the shock I received a few years ago when he made the putty with the Eucharist. It was the first time I'd read it since becoming Catholic and that hit me hard. But I also loved that Van Helsing didn't let popular superstition of any sort interfere with what worked. :-)


message 5: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander Julie wrote: "Bryan wrote: "Van Helsing is wild. Such a weird science hero."

Kind of perfect in that "science meets faith" way. I remember the shock I received a few years ago when he made the putty with the E..."


Yes indeed. He mixes in science, religion, folklore.
Reminds me of contemporary efforts to find unified theories of history and people.


Julie Davis Yep. The "whatever works" method. :-)


message 7: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander Good timing. The novel starts this week.


Julie Davis Bryan wrote: "Good timing. The novel starts this week."

Not sure what that means? I was doing it as a readalong for the ongoing Mythgard Academy study. They've stalled out somehow but I just kept going. Couldn't help it!


message 9: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander "CHAPTER I

JONATHAN HARKER’S JOURNAL

(Kept in shorthand.)
3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 P. M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning..."


Julie Davis Bryan wrote: ""CHAPTER I

JONATHAN HARKER’S JOURNAL

(Kept in shorthand.)
3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 P. M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning...""


AHHHHHH! One of my weaknesses ... ignoring dates in books. :-) Perfect, thank you!


message 11: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander Julie wrote: "Bryan wrote: ""CHAPTER I

JONATHAN HARKER’S JOURNAL

(Kept in shorthand.)
3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 P. M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning...""

AHHHHHH! One of my weak..."


Did you see our Dracula blog project?


Julie Davis Bryan wrote: "Julie wrote: "Bryan wrote: ""CHAPTER I

JONATHAN HARKER’S JOURNAL

(Kept in shorthand.)
3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 P. M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning...""

AHHHHHH! ..."


No! Link please!


message 13: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander http://infocult.typepad.com/dracula/

We've been doing this every year for, oh, almost 10 years now.


Julie Davis No wonder you knew May 3! Actually I think I've come across that before. Though I might not have known you were associated with it. It is a fantastic idea. And it gave me instant access to one of my favorite lines, which I only noticed a couple of readings ago:

"I shall be glad as long as I live that even in that moment of final dissolution, there was in the face a look of peace, such as I never could have imagined might have rested there."


message 15: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander Yes. :)

And thanks. It's a fun project.


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