Dracula by Bram Stoker

Reviewed by Max

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From the Irish author Bram Stoker comes the most iconic vampire story of all time: Dracula! Originally published in 1897, Dracula is not the first novel to depict vampires, but sets itself apart from its predecessors with its epistolary style, determined cast of characters, and agonizingly slow pacing that heightens the suspense and mystery throughout the story. It is a timeless tale of gothic horror, a controversial study on seduction, and a burning testament to the desire for freedom that dwells in all of us.

All that being said, modern readers may find the antiquated language ill-suited for casual consumption, as the long-winded style of Stoker's prose is loquacious at times to a fault. Readers who like a challenge will thrive on this language, as Stoker does a fantastic job of burying his nuances so as to promote engagement with the writing itself. It is the type of immortal (pun intended) tale that can be read again and again, with each reread offering additional insight into the minds and actions of the story's various characters. Although this timeless classic won't be everyone's cup of tea, those willing to work to unravel its layers will be dutifully rewarded.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars