Bram Stoker — Dracula

More specifically, the new version annotated by Leslie Klinger. All right, before I even talk about the book, I would like to discuss annotations. In general I think they are a fantastic idea, especially in books written in time periods that I love, like the Victorian era. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed, as in this edition, where sometimes the story is postponed for several pages because the annotations have taken over. I can’t even read because my eyes keep skittering over the pages and to the annotations. Unfortunately these books tease both my love of history and my ADD. Another thing I wasn’t too thrilled about with this edition was the conceit that the events in the book actually took place. While it’s obvious that Leslie Klinger knows his Victorian era, the snide comments about various characters and events were really not to my taste. Others might enjoy them though. Otherwise it’s a really lovely edition with numerous illustrations, references, and essays.

As for the novel itself, Dracula is a classic for a reason. It is incredibly atmospheric, occasionally the writing is very beautiful, especially when describing the scenic surroundings of the eerie story. Occasionally it is a little long-winded; some of the characters are perhaps slightly ridiculous, but for creepy, scary thrills, it is hard to beat this novel.

In conclusion, Dracula is an awesome book but this edition is probably more for people who are already very familiar (and perhaps have another edition) with the story and want a more in-depth look.

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