A naive young Englishman, Johnathon Harker travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. At first enticed by Dracula’s gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facets of Dracula’s nocturnal life. One night while searching for a way out of the castle, and against Dracula’s strict admonition not to venture outside his room at night, Harker falls under the spell of three wanton female vampires, the Brides of Dracula. He is saved at the last second by the Count, because he wants to keep Harker alive just long enough to obtain needed legal advice and teachings about England and London (Dracula’s planned travel destination was to be among the “teeming millions”). Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life.
After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood. Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest.
Hmmmm…. well… I listened to this because I have never read Dracula. I know, its true! And well… it really wasn’t what I was expecting. I had no idea that Dracula was set around a real estate deal…. and a ship. And I had no idea this book was mostly written in journal/diary entries. In my head… it was all about spooky Dracula in his castle, inviting people in for oh…. I don’t know… appetizers? 😯
How freaky to think this creepy book was written over one hundred years ago….. that’s about a hundred years before vampires became cool! Oh and when I say creepy, I mean it with all due respect….. creepy good… yah know?
Historically, the name “Dracula” is derived from a secret fraternal order of knights called the Order of the Dragon, founded by Sigismund of Luxembourg (king of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, and Holy Roman Emperor) to uphold Christianity and defend the Empire against the Ottoman Turks. Vlad II Dracul, father of Vlad III, was admitted to the order around 1431 because of his bravery in fighting the Turks. From 1431 onward, Vlad II wore the emblem of the order and later, as ruler of Wallachia, his coinage bore the dragon symbol. The name Dracula means “Son of Dracul”.
I am glad to say I have experienced Dracula. Check that off my lifetime to do list 😛
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map had been updated to include Dracula
I purchased this audio at Barnes and Noble