October 2, 2009

“Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!”

Posted in Dracula at 1:06 pm by Ms. Davis

Dracula it is! The voting was very close, but Dracula won in the end. Definitely appropriate for the Halloween season! If it’s ok with everyone, we’ll plan on reading Guernsey after this?

For those of you who are worried about the scariness of it, I started listening to it the other day, and it really is not gory (so far, anyway).  Elizabeth Miller, an expert on Dracula, says on the Infinite Summer: Dracula Blog:

“I have a word of advice for the first-time visitor to this unusual novel: leave all your preconceptions and misconceptions outside the castle door. Forget the tacky movies, forget “I vant to suck your blooood” (a line that does not appear in the book), forget the Count on Sesame Street, forget Anne Rice, forget Twilight. And above all, forget Vlad the Impaler!”

So, I encourage you to give the book a try. Just like I tell my students, if you don’t like it, you can always close the book.

And one more thing! Since Dracula is a relatively old novel, it is no longer under copyright. What does that mean for you? If you don’t want to read it in the traditional manner, you could read the book online through Google Books or Project Gutenburg. Also, you can get a free audio version through iTunes – just search for Dracula under podcasts. If you need any help, let me know!   

Can we plan on getting started by next weekend? Leave a comment and let me know!

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5 Comments »

  1. Marlena Gault said,

    Sounds good to me! Since I’m new to the book club, how many pages/chapters should I read by next weekend (or is that something we discuss)? 🙂

  2. Summar Razvi said,

    I am trying to download the Dracula podcast (Dracula: the podcast) but I can’t get it to actually download on iTunes. Tom Walters is the person with the podcast. Can anyone else get it work? It seems like this podcast is better than the other based on reviews. Thanks for any help you can offer!

  3. Ann Spaeth said,

    So far, so good-not too scary except that Don got home the other night and said he saw a very strange dog on the road that, when he made a U turn to get a second look, had disappeared! Hmmmm. I find myself wondering what it would be like living amoung vampires. Do you think they are real? hahaha

  4. Gloria Caviglia said,

    Of course they’re real! The world is full of fooky things……..

  5. […] “Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!” […]


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