Friday, 10 April 2015

Lair of the White Worm

If we are talking Bram Stoker, and we were, then the other of his that comes to mind is Lair of the White Worm, and the audiobook is here. This was apparently written near the end of his life... which I wouldn't have picked. It feels like an early effort to me.

This is a mishmash of plots and weird events happening for no reason I could discern. Adam arrives and falls for one of the local girls, Mimi. Her cousin is under mental attack from the chap, Edgar, who owns the nearby castle. Lady Arabella is, they realise, a wyrm in disguise. And Edgar opens a chest and flies a kite. And... the hell is going on here?

It's just messy and has too many elements in it. As I said, it feels like an early effort before the writer gets to grips with how to tell a story. And, oh, the lack of women's lib... and this is after he wrote the character of Mina, in which he very nearly comes to writing a decent female character. We do have Lady Arabella, but she is a snake. And this isn't exactly doing much for race relations either (although credit to the speaker retaining the use of the word 'nigger' as Bram had it).

Not a great read/listen.



evildicemonkey said...

Yeahhhhhhh. Try the film, it's got the current Doctor in it!

Pete Hurley said...

Not only close to the end of his life, but he was also experiencing the late term effects of syphilis apparently, and the effects it has on the brain.