I began reading “Dracula” nearly two years ago, but due to a change in life’s circumstances, never finished. I picked it up a week ago, and have already finished reading this classic tale of horror. The first reading was done aloud, reading with my husband so we could experience the same moments at the same time.
This time, I reread silently all that we had read, and we completed the book aloud together yesterday.
An incredible tale of imagination. At times I found the language cumbersome, but the ideas and images it presented were worth it. I got a tremendous amount of amusement from Stoker’s written form of dialects and accents, which were difficult to read out loud, but almost easier to read out loud that to read silently and understand.
I would argue from my experience that this book is one better experienced in silent reading, for then your imagination can fill in the gruesome images and the heart wrenching screams in a way that it cannot when focused on listening to a voice. The book contains many powerful discriptions of horror, of fear, and of love and honor. The first killing of a vampire was an incredibly memorable one, with honorable men so in love with the creature and so horrified by it. Another is a scene when one person, “infected” by the blood of the vampire. Though her heart be pure, her body is not, and the scream that comes from her when she learns that she is no longer “clean” is a powerful scene indeed.
I noticed one phrase in the book which has been assimilated into modern language, and I wonder if it was the first time this phrase was used…much more powerful in this book than in life. “If looks could kill…” in response to the maleficence and hatred in the face of a vampire upon being trapped.
Definitely a book worth reading, and one that I enjoyed “rereading” so much as I did. In this day of film, it is hard to feel the same suspense from a book, but I couldn’t wait to continue turning the pages.