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Old 12-20-2011, 10:18 AM   #84
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Originally Posted by Tannhauser View Post
I've just finished Bram Stoker's Dracula. I enjoyed it in patches. The construction, as a series of interlocking reports and diary entries, was clever and intriguing, but the constant justification of this device - "I must try to recall every detail of what has passed" - quickly became wearing.

I found too, that I was overfamiliar with the story. Having seen a gazillion adaptations, I knew what was coming, and this undercut the carefully ramped up tension. At 450 pages, I couldn't help feeling that it could have been trimmed by a good one hundred pages without damaging the central story and themes.

Except for a couple of places, the sexual subtext that I was expecting was almost absent. Maybe it was just too subtle for me to detect.

All in all, a necessary read, but probably not one I'll repeat.
I was fortunate enough to have read it long before the vampire craze. I believe I might have even read it as a teen. It was a page turner back then though I do wonder how it would stand up now.

Been a long time since I have read Dracula or Frankenstein, but I have a feeling Frankenstein would hold up a bit better.
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