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The Man   By: (1847-1912)

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In "The Man" by Bram Stoker, the reader is taken on a journey into the mysterious and supernatural world that the author is known for. While Stoker is most famous for his iconic novel "Dracula," this lesser-known work showcases his incredible storytelling abilities once again.

The story revolves around Malcolm Ross, a young artist who finds himself caught in a web of intrigue and danger. Ross's life takes a dramatic turn when he discovers a hidden room in his studio that seems to have a strange connection to the past. As he delves deeper into the secrets of this room and the enigmatic man who once inhabited it, he embarks on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth.

Stoker masterfully builds the suspense throughout the narrative, leaving readers constantly on edge and hungry for more answers. The eerie atmosphere and vivid descriptions draw the reader into the haunting world Stoker has created, making it difficult to put the book down.

One of the most fascinating aspects of "The Man" is Stoker's exploration of the themes of identity and duality. As the protagonist unravels the mystery surrounding the hidden room, he discovers unsettling truths about himself and the nature of existence. Stoker skillfully weaves these existential questions into the plot, adding depth and complexity to the overall story.

The characters in "The Man" are well-developed and multi-dimensional, each with their own motivations and secrets. Malcolm Ross is a sympathetic and relatable protagonist, whose journey from naivety to enlightenment keeps the reader emotionally invested. The secondary characters also add richness to the narrative, with their own intricate backstories and hidden agendas.

Stoker's writing style is as captivating as ever, with his meticulous attention to detail and his ability to create an atmosphere of tension and foreboding. His use of foreshadowing and symbolism adds layers of meaning to the story, inviting readers to engage with the text on a deeper level.

While "The Man" may not have garnered the same level of recognition as Stoker's other works, it is certainly a gem for fans of gothic literature or those seeking an immersive and thought-provoking read. Bram Stoker's ability to craft a mesmerizing tale of mystery and self-discovery shines through in this lesser-known novel, making it a worthwhile addition to any bookshelf.

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THE MAN

BY BRAM STOKER

AUTHOR OF "DRACULA," ETC.

LONDON: ROBERT HAYES, LTD. SIXTY ONE FLEET STREET, E.C.

Copyright, 1897, in the United States of America, according to Act of Congress, by Bram Stoker.

[ All rights reserved ]

FORE GLIMPSE

'I would rather be an angel than God!'

The voice of the speaker sounded clearly through the hawthorn tree. The young man and the young girl who sat together on the low tombstone looked at each other. They had heard the voices of the two children talking, but had not noticed what they said; it was the sentiment, not the sound, which roused their attention.

The girl put her finger to her lips to impress silence, and the man nodded; they sat as still as mice whilst the two children went on talking.

The scene would have gladdened a painter's heart. An old churchyard. The church low and square towered, with long mullioned windows, the yellow grey stone roughened by age and tender hued with lichens. Round it clustered many tombstones tilted in all directions. Behind the church a line of gnarled and twisted yews.

The churchyard was full of fine trees. On one side a magnificent cedar; on the other a great copper beech. Here and there among the tombs and headstones many beautiful blossoming trees rose from the long green grass... Continue reading book >>




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