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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Apr 13, 2010

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Read from April 05 to 13, 2010

In late 19th century England, women are behaving badly; so good, upstanding men are forced to tame them. With stakes. Hmmm. . .

This is more of a two star book for me, but gets a bump for it's place in horror history. It's interesting that perhaps the greatest horror character of all time comes from a mediocre book; which became a mediocre play; and then went on to be a series of mediocre movies. Granted, the beginning and ending are pretty rousing, but the London scenes are deadly boring. But, if you've ever wondered which shipping companies Dracula used to deliver all of his boxes, the terrifying answers are contained within.

It does also have interest as a time capsule; Stoker's conscious and unconscious explorations of New Womanhood, anti-semitism, Darwinism, and the role of Christianity in "modern" society ended up being way more interesting than the actual narrative.

And Renfield is a pretty sweet character.

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