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by Bram Stoker

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ISBN: 0974592722
ISBN13: 978-0974592725
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Classics
Author: Bram Stoker
Language: English
Publisher: Medium Rare Books Pub Llc (March 28, 2004)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1832 kb
FB2 size: 1293 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 378
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This book could be used in a writing class to point out every mistake ever made by beginning writers. I'm not sure what the writer was aiming for here, but I'm sure the horror of it is completely unintentional. I won't say the characters act out of character; they simply have no character. At one point in the story, a character dies for an absurd reason. There's no funeral afterward or any mention of a determination of cause of death or anything. People turn up in other people's house for no good reason, coming and going like they own the place, appearing just when called for, like actors hiding behind the curtain for their cue. Characters give reasons for actions that make no sense. For example, a character marries another to supposedly "protect" her, yet he brings her back into the neighborhood, after the marriage, exposing her to as much danger as before. It is never explained how his marriage to her protected her, except perhaps from idle gossip. What is also never explained is why this marriage must be kept secret from everyone, particularly their supposed enemy. Why would she care about the marriage? And how would keeping it secret serve their purpose? Another character hopes for a proposal from a neighbor, then cringes in terror when he shows up at her house. She lets him in because she does want to appear uncivil, though these meetings are a kind of torture for her (whenever they meet, this man attempts to manipulate her with his supposed mental powers). This book seems to waver between a horror story and a conventional social novel, with people worrying over offending the pride of characters bent on killing them. The worst part of all is the racism. Admittedly, this book was written in 1911. Not exactly a great time for minorities. Some older books don't age well for this particular reason. Lair has a smoking pile of this sort of ugliness. My advice--find something better to read.
The book itself is fairly original, but somewhat is clumsily written and very much a product of its time. It is nowhere near as engaging as Dracula. However, as I said it gets points for originality, and has not been retold as often as Dracula.

What I think made it more worthwhile was the audio book. You can get the Kindle edition for free, then for $1.99 you can add the audiobook version narrated by Oliver Wyman. He's one of the better modern audio book readers I've listened to in the past few years, and does an excellent job with this book. I highly recommend that anyone interested in the book put in the extra $2 to get the decent audio book version and listen to it, either with or without actually reading the Kindle edition.
I've read Dracula, and found it to be both engaging and complex, acting as a glimpse into the Victorian mindset. This was nothing like Dracula. While I would of course recommend this book to any serious Stoker fan, it is almost painful to read. Although events coincide to create a satisfactory ending, all events leading to one another, the characters do not act naturally, it is impossible to identify with the antagonists on any level, and their is an element of gore that distances readers from the story overall with it's grotesque absurdity.
When we first meet the protagonist, a young man from Australia come to inherit his great Uncle's estate, we see a family coming together, including the old man's scholar friend, Nathanial. However, interesting topics are brought up and then dropped at the drop of a hat. Tales of the intriguing history of the country are begun and dropped like talk of the weather at tea. Further, the three initial main characters agree to work together only for the one to disappear from the plot entirely; and by the end of the story the characters have all acted with so little forethought or consideration of their own safety that a reader loses faith in their logic (and may even doubt its existence). For instance, one of the women, Mimi, having seen that her foster sister has been murdered by a man she knows, proceeds to go to his home, alone, and castigate him. This is a man that is far larger, stronger, wealthier, and crueler than her. Shockingly, he does not rape and kill her. She manages to leave and survives to live happily. Unfortunately, no part of this series of actions makes sense. The characters simply do not act as human beings ought, making the story largely unbelievable.
There is also the matter of the badly designed villains. A well portrayed villain hits a chord with readers, becoming someone one reluctantly identifies with in some way or loves to hate by way of increasing intimacy with his or her workings. Sadly, early on early on in The Lair of the White Worm, we meet a woman who is described with enough serpentine metaphors and similes that one must conclude that she is some kind of supernatural creature. To put it bluntly, Stoker essentially put a huge blinking sign above her saying, "snake woman here." The only points of similarity between herself and human beings are a superficial resemblance (when she chooses) and a hunger for money. She is impossible to empathize with seeing as she shows no regard for life be it animal or human and lacks warmth entirely.
Similarly, when we are introduced to the wealthy heir of an ancient family (recently returned to the country) we are informed in no uncertain terms that he is somehow of daemonic descent and has strange mesmeric powers. He also brings with him an African servant who is characterized as nothing more than a savage, satanic brute, the acme of a subclass of human beings. The racism is startling. Thus we have three enemies, all of which lack all the qualities that make a villain appealing, namely human or even admirable traits with which we can identify.
What seals the fate of the book however, is the ending, which is both gory and comical in equal measure. In a strange or perhaps fated accident, the left over energy of a colossal lightening strike travels down a wire to the lair of the aforementioned snake woman. Having filled the snake woman's "hole" or the deep well in which she descends to hide with fine sand and explosives, our heroes are treated to a font gushing with splattering white flesh, blood and sand. The earth is still racked with explosions, screaming and fire while our heroes watch gouts of gore and fine spray dazzle the night. It is impossible to take the scene seriously.
In the end, the book show cases elements of Dracula such as monstrosity, historical roots of evil, and mesmerism and the banding together of English forces against the other. Unfortunately, the book magnifies characters lacking realism, enemies that are not relatable, and an element of gauche absurdity that appalls and distances the reader. This review is by no means comprehensive, and is lacking in certain points, but has hopefully made clear that this novel is unappealing and profoundly disappointing to any reader of Dracula. Still, comprehensive Stoker fans may like to have read all his works, and may draw more from the piece than myself and so may read this with a mindset better suited for a not so well known work.
But the worm got fat an' grewed an' grewed, An' grewed an aaful size; He'd greet big teeth, a greet big gob, An greet big goggly eyes. - C M Leumane, The Lambton Worm (1867)

Bram Stoker, Irish author of the immortal classic Dracula, wrote The Lair of the White Worm a year before his death in 1912. also known as The Garden of Evil, it was published in 1911 by Rider and Son in the United Kingdom.
this novel is certainly one of the strangest and weirdest books i have ever read. most of the characters are downright eccentric and appear to be preoccupied with their own bizarre pursuits. some scenes are quite disjointed and if it was Stoker's intention to make them surreal and nightmarish, he did manage so but only to a certain extent.
there were "exciting" moments especially in the last few pages but overall, the story leaves much to be desired. somehow, the idea of a primeval creature existing in 1860 Derbyshire and wreaking terror miserably failed to stir my imagination and to deliver the chills and thrills that i was expecting.