Ah, the search for Dracula. Definitely not the first of those sorts of stories, but with a bit of a different twist.
The story is told through a series of stores and letters told/written by Paul to his daughter, explaining to her the story behind a book she found in her father’s library – a book that is completely blank except for an image of a dragon in the center. The stories tell of how Rossi, Paul’s advisor at university, disappears, and the ensuing search Paul goes on to find him, all the while being persued by vampires who want him to stop the search. Paul is accompanied by Helen, Rossi’s daughter, and the story is as much a tale of Dracula as it is of the love story between Paul and Helen (quite beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time).
I have mixed feelings about this book. Really mixed feelings.
I have always had a very impressionable mind. A very active imagination. I cannot watch scary movies because I won’t be able to sleep afterwards for days. Books, however, normally don’t bother me to the extent where I lose sleep. I don’t think a book has given me nightmares in a long time. And then along came The Historian, and I couldn’t sleep most nights for fear that vampires would appear in my apartment. Needless to say, it took me a very long time to read this book as I couldn’t read it past dark.
On the other hand, it was dripping with atmosphere. The writing was fabulous; things fell into place a little bit too easily for me, but it helped the story move along a little bit faster. It was, quite possibly, the perfect book for this challenge. A lot of the vampire books I’ve been reading lately are very much the sort of book where vampires aren’t as bad as they should be – they make vampires more romantic and sensual. This one certainly didn’t romanticize the monsters, and that certainly impressed me.
I also really enjoyed how it brought those blank books (with the exception of the image of the dragon in the center) into the story. I love why all these people were given the books, and who gave the books to them, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read The Historian yet.
I guess I am officially finished the RIP challenge, but there are still a couple of other books that I want to read before the end of the challenge, so I’m just going to keep on plugging away and hopefully get rid of a few more books that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time.