Bram Stoker – Dracula
I DON’T CARE!
…he has never visited Romania.
…he was “just” a mad Irishman. (Quoting Paulo Coelho’s The Which of Portobello in here.)
…he described (us) Slovaks to be the strangest figures of this region, being “more barbarian than the rest…yet very harmless and rather wanting in natural self-assertion.” (I don’t get too offended by this, at the end of the day, I really am rather wanting in natural self-assertion.)
…he has put Transylvania’s reputation to risk. (How is that a bad reputation? I want to go see the place BECAUSE of the book, not in spite of it.)
…his historical references are inaccurate. (ALL historical references are inaccurate because of them being “just” historical references.)
Just pretty please read the book! It’s a joy. It’s a romance and a thriller and I’ve bought it in a most exciting bookstore I went to. And I know you will be imagining this little family owned bookstore in a street no one knows of, but STOP IT! It was in a mall. And yet it was magical, because I was amongst my kind. Many of the books had handwritten reviews written by the staff and so when I learned that certain Jimmy liked Catch 22 I knew I can rely on his sharp sense of humor. (Dymocks Melbourne, Australia. Gosh, we need to go back!)
And this review is not a review, it’s a plea.
LET BOOKSTORE STAFF READ THE BOOKS FOR F SAKE!!!
Favourite lines (How is this not a good book?!):
“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”
“We learn from failure, not from success!”
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”