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The Jewel of Seven Stars (Penguin Classics)

The Jewel of Seven Stars (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Bram Stoker

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A mysterious attack on Margaret Trelawney’s father brings young lawyer Malcolm Ross into the Egyptologist’s bizarre home, and the couple soon find they are battling ancient forces greater than they previously could have imagined. The Egyptian queen Tera has been awoken, and is coming to take what she believes to be hers – whatever the cost to the Trelawney family. Set in London and Cornwall, and written at a time when a fascination with the East pervaded Victorian England, The Jewel of Seven Stars reflected the perceived contrast between the Orient’s savagery and moral degradation, and its exotic beauty and opulence.


A mysterious attack on Margaret Trelawney's father brings young lawyer Malcolm Ross into the Egyptologist's bizarre home, and the couple soon find they are battling ancient forces greater than they previously could have imagined. The Egyptian queen Tera has been awoken, and is coming to take what she believes to be hers - whatever the cost to the Trelawney family. Set in London and Cornwall, and written at a time when a fascination with the East pervaded Victorian England, "The Jewel of Seven Stars" reflected the perceived contrast between the Orient's savagery and moral degradation, and its exotic beauty and opulence.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1273 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 314 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0141442212
  • Verlag: Penguin (31. Juli 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002RI9XR4
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderfully mysterious and spooky 16. November 2010
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I got this as a freebie on Kindle. It's really great! You are plunged right into the story, and have to find out as you read who the beautiful young lady is, what the nature of her father's studies are, what dangers surround everyone, and the importance of things that would not normally be important. The effect leaves one a little disoriented which really adds to the atmosphere of the story. The ending at first seemed a bit too tidy, but then I started to think, what if like so much else in the story it isn't what it first appears...?

Victorian in style and setting, with romance, Egyptology, mysticism, science and the supernatural. No vampires whatsoever. Doesn't need them.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not Dracula, but still entertaining 16. Dezember 2008
Von Tigger - Veröffentlicht auf
None of Bram Stoker's written works ever received the same attention and acclaim as his famous Dracula (one of my all-time favorite horror novels), including this 1903 tale of Egyptian mummies, mysticism and mystery, which is a shame because it's a really fun and decent example of the Victorian "sensation" mystery that was so popular during this era, a la Wilkie Collins and the like. In fact, this book is so similar in style and structure to Collins' "The Moonstone" it's as if Stoker was channeling Collins, whose novels he was known to have admired. With Jewel, Stoker no doubt hoped to cash in on the immense popularity and obsession with all things Egyptian, still raging years after Napoleon's notorious expedition there.

I really like the narrator in this story. One of the most appealing aspects of that genre to me is the tendency to tell it in the first-person narrative, a trend that has returned to the book world with a vengeance in recent years, I've noticed. I do love it when it's done right, and for some reason I especially favor the male point of view when reading from a first-person perspective.

Young barrister Malcolm Ross is summoned in the middle of the night by Margaret Trelawney, a woman he'd only recently met at a party but had become immediately intrigued by. When Malcolm arrives at the Trelawney estate he finds that Margaret's father has been stricken by a mysterious coma-like illness and lies in his rooms among the treasure trove of Egyptian artifacts he has collected over the years. He has left very stern but mystifying instructions about what may have happened to him and what Margaret needs to do (and more importantly, what she must NOT do) until, and if, he awakens. Margaret is in despair with worry and has no one she feels she can turn to except Malcolm. When another attack and then a theft takes place the next evening, the doctor and police detective who have also by necessity been called in are inclined to think Margaret herself is the culprit, which Malcolm feels in his heart cannot be true.

Another man soon appears and tells a long, fantastic story about he and Mr. Trelawney in their younger days, which they spent traveling in Egypt and combing tombs, especially that of Queen Tera of the Theban dynasty. This remarkable queen had been a visionary of her day and a powerful sorceress as well, and her knowledge was so feared that upon her death her name was erased from Egyptian history and her tomb in the Valley of the Sorcerers hidden away (this is all fictional as far as I know). But Queen Tera had the magic to allow her to live beyond the grave, and a crucial element of that magic was a great ruby jewel that contained seven stars within, correlating precisely to the constellation under which she was born ¡V the jewel that Mr. Trelawney now has, along with at least part of the knowledge key to unlocking its magic.

Needless to say, Miss T reeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally doesn't appreciate the tomb raiders' sticky fingers all up in her magic bling.

Trelawney isn't out to rob the great queen, though. Actually, he wants to help her by deciphering the messages and items she left behind to achieve what she wanted most - immortality.

While there's a good bit of Egyptian lore and mysticism here, there's also a very healthy dose of philosophy, science, and religion in the discourses between the characters, and I can only imagine how sensational those exchanges must have been to a reading public in that particular era. Stoker's knowledge of all manner of things mystical and quasi-scientific is pretty impressive, I must say.

Of course I won't give away the ending, but one of the most interesting trivia bits about this book is that when it was first released in 1903, it was at the reluctance of the publishers because the ending was thought to be too depressing and the chapter on religion a little too controversial for the general reader. They agreed to publish it only because Stoker was fairly well-known by then for Dracula. However, upon seeking re-release of it a few years later, Stoker was told he had to change the ending, as well as remove the one offending chapter completely, or it was a no-go. He agreed, and that watered-down version was the only one available for almost 100 years. I read the original version first, then the revamped ending via the Gutenberg Project online. Both endings are disappointing, frankly! The original ends bleakly and in a hurried, unexplained fashion, and the revamp, while doing a bit more in the 'finishing out', left me thinking "well, what was the point?"

Still a fun read, though, and I liked it. Not on par with Dracula by a long shot, but enjoyable.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Two editions; two endings 4. April 2012
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This book was originally published in 1903 in 20 chapters. Chapter XVI was a lengthy essay entitled "Powers--Old and New" which contributed nothing by way of advancing the plot but which did help create mood. Without giving too much away, this is the version with the so-called sad ending. When a second edition came out in 1912, the book was reduced to 19 chapters by removing the aforementioned one, and a new, so-called happier ending was provided. It is not known if Stoker, who was in ill-health and died in 1912, actually wrote this new ending or if someone else (an editor, perhaps) did. And if someone else wrote it, did Stoker approve of it? No one knows. I personally prefer the new ending (which is not to say that either ending is very good), but the only way to be certain to get what Stoker originally intended and the ending he undoubtedly wrote is to go with the earlier version. Having said all that, the story is definitely creepy. While this was written long before the old Universal mummy movies, it evokes something of the feel of those old movies but with a heavier dose of mysticism. There is less stalking mummy as maniacal monster and more nefarious mummy as soul-consuming spirit. In fact, the mystical intensity increases until the very end (either end) which ultimately proves to be something of let-down (hence 4, not 5, stars). Thus, like many a trip, the destination may not be worth it, but the journey definitely is.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An enjoyable Victorian read concerning Egyptology 19. August 2009
Von Fry Boy - Veröffentlicht auf
While I've seen just about every vampire movie out there, I haven't YET read the original Dracula, so I can't really compare Stoker's classic to "The Jewel of Seven Stars," but I can say that "The Jewel . . ." is a captivating story.

I won't rehash the plot because another reviewer has already done so. I'll just say that if you like well-written, mysterious, Gothic/Victorian stories with an archaeological/occult bent, then this novel will be right up your alley. A definite page-turner and great late-night read.

The ending of the story is, in my opinion, a bit Robert Aickman-like, leaving you somewhat unsatisfied and confused yet at the same time immensely intrigued BECAUSE you're unsatisfied and confused. If you've read "The Cicerones" by Aickman, you'll know what I mean. Mysterious endings rather than ones that are tied up in a bow.

*** Addendum ***
Well, I finally did read "Dracula" and didn't find it anywhere near as enjoyable or well-written as "The Jewel of Seven Stars" (February 1, 2009)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another overlooked classic by Stoker. Will be enjoyed by any reader 16. Juni 2010
Von Chip Hunter - Veröffentlicht auf
This was my third Stoker novel, after Dracula and The Mystery of the Sea, and I really enjoyed it just as much, and possibly more than, those other two great novels. In many ways, this one is more simple, or at least more direct, than the others, being wholly predictable and telling a fairly straightforward story. But that doesn't take away from the overall enjoyment of reading this well-told tale. The use of first-person narration works really well here, with Malcolm Ross being a rather ordinary character but for his remarkably astute observations and well-described and believable emotions. His obsession with Margaret Trelawny and his curiosity and misgivings about the plan to resurrect Queen Tera, are effective at giving this story life. The focus on Egyptology and the mummified Queen Tera (as well as her mummified tiger-cat), give THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS a sense of mysteriousness and mysticism that will really bring back nostalgic feelings from your childhood, from back when such wonders really captivated the imagination. That, and the easy to read nature of this novel, mean that this one will be enjoyed by almost any reader.

One major thing to consider when reading this is to check out the original ending to the novel. Most of the current versions include the second edition's ending, in which everything turns out more or less happily, but that isn't how Stoker had intended it. After reading your version, look up the original and check it out. I think most readers today will be more attracted the darker ending originally intended. If you Google "Bram Stoker" you can find a fan site with free transcripts of most of his work.

In all, a very enjoyable story, one that deserves more attention than it typically gets as one of Stoker's best works. Highly recommended for those looking for a simple and enjoyable classic.
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