“Dracula” by Bram Stoker [English Review]
As my third review totally in English I’ve thought about a Classic that no one shall miss in his bookshelves: Dracula by Bram Stoker!
Dracula recounts the struggle of a group of men and a woman – Dr Seward, Dr Van Helsing and Jonathan Harker and his wife Mina – to destroy the vampire, whose sinister earth-filled coffins are discovered by Harker in a ruined chapel adjoining Dr Seward’s asylum. Cruel and noble, evilly and fatally desirable to women, Dracula possesses a terrifying lust for power and, like Dr Jekyll or Conan Doyle’s Moriarty, is one of the immortal fictional monsters.
While analysing a Classic, I’m always aware that I cannot precisely explain its value and all its meanings. This is far more true talking about Dracula by Bram Stoker. This masterpiece of the English Gothic deals with so many themes that it is impossible to approach them without keeping you here, reading, for at least a whole year. But this is just a review! Well… I adore Stoker’s novel and I’ve read it twice, falling in love again with the story and its characters. What I’ve loved the most is the idea that, even if it is talking about a creature which cannot truly exist in his age, Stoker tries to make it real, to adapt a mythological being to nineteenth century and be sure that it can frighten London society.
Unfortunately, I still don’t know when my next English review will be, but stay tuned, because maybe it’ll be sooner than you expected!
Tomorrow I’m back with my Italian classic reviews!