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Dracula December 14, 2009

Posted by clintcarter in Books.
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I bought a Kindle a couple of months ago.  One of the great features is that you can download and read most classic books for free.

I finished “Dracula” today.  It was written by Bram Stoker in 1897.  I really enjoyed the book – with the exception of the blood transfusions 🙂 It is written in an epistolary style (presented as a series of documents) which was a definite change of pace from the things I normally read.  I love the dialogue in classics from the 19th century because of how differently they use language.  Sentences are well thought through and dripping with sincerity and meaning.  I guess it’s the influence of Romanticism.  Their words expressed depth of feeling and underlying thoughts that we rarely find in books of the newer variety.

Reading a modern novel is very much like eating at McDonald’s – you know what you’re getting and so you keep going back (even though it lacks nourishment and interest).  Reading a classic is like dining at an indigenous cafe from some scenic spot in Europe – you have no idea what the meal will be like or if you’ll even understand the waiter, but you leave a different person because of the experience.

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones. Joseph Joubert

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1. Erica - December 15, 2009

Ha! I knew I would turn you into a book snob yet!

Aren’t electronic books just about the best thing since…well, maybe the printing press! Dracula is definitely up there on my list of good reads.


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