My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I remember when I was about 11 or 12 years old rummaging through a second hand bookshop in Egham. I had this urge to buy a book, my first ever book that I’d paid for with my own money. After much faffing about I settled upon a rather aged and dog-eared paperback by Bram Stoker titled Dracula. I don’t remember the cover but I do remember the smell. There’s a very distinct smell about second hand books, which gets more distinct the older they get!
Back then I took maybe two days to read it from cover to cover and really enjoyed it. Re-reading it nigh on 38 years later on the Kindle I find I have lost none of the enjoyment. It’s an excellent book that keeps you with the story all the way through. It’s also interesting to see how cinema has changed the story when it’s been adapted by Hammer and Hollywood, it’s often been made much more sexualised and at the same time less horrific. Perhaps the closest film regarding Dracula in ‘feel’ to me would be Polanski’s ‘The Dance of the Vampire Killers’.
If you haven’t read it then do. Free on ebook readers as well!