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Aventure Sans Pareille D'un Certain Hans Pfaall

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  426 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Hans Phaall, a bankrupt bellows-mender from Rotterdam, thinks up an ingenious scheme to escape from his dreary existence. He constructs a balloon that will carry him all the way to the moon. First published in 1835, when Poe was twenty-five years old and virtually unknown, the tale - much admired by Jules Verne - describes an extraordinary adventure in which Poe's learning ...more
Paperback, 93 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by folio (first published 1835)
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Mohammed Arabey
لأنه ليس مؤلف رعب فقط، بل مهووس الخيال..والعلم
أه، والبالونات

السيد بو لديه مخيلة لا مثيل لها، فبحكايته للمغامرة المذهلة لهانز فوول، الشخص البسيط المديون، الذي قام بالبالون 'المنطاد' فقط بالذهاب إلي القمر ، بل وأرسال رسالة عن ألغاز مثيرة عن الحياة الغامضة بالقمر لم يصل لها بشر بخياله من قبل

ليكون ملهما لجول فيرن بعده ببضعة اعوام، واخرون حتي لقرون..بشرارة من مخيلته..وبالون

Do you know the works of the great Jules Verne, Did you read The Martian?
Here The Unparalleled Mr. Poe tells an even tougher stor
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Sahel Ebrahimi
The rating is based on personal opinion of how I loved the story. It does not show that there was something wrong with Poe's writing style or his mastery of this craft. Basically, it began very well, the framework was strong and firm as it always is. The ending was highly expected regarding Poe's POV. How a drunk bankrupt strives to higher pillars of astronomic science with his imagination and his own effort was what the story apparently tried to show. However, on a deeper level, Poe was emphasi ...more
Brian
A man dodges some people he owes money and writes them, claiming he escaped on a balloon and made his way to the moon, where he presently writes from, having sent a weird and ugly looking messenger to earth. The vivid flight terrified me but in the end you realize Hans has quite remarkable storytelling abilities in the fiction department. The story received low ratings. I assume people rate it low for the out of date science. Poe gives descriptive detail and scientific data through his character ...more
Benjamin Stahl
Putting aside the impossible amount of detail as to how the protagonist built his stupid balloon (none of that stuff sank in; for the first time in ages, I found myself skim-reading), this story does quite fascinating, especially in the way it describes the character struggling to maintain oxygen as he rises into space. Hans Pfaal was pretty long and heavily-written, and was not what I expected or wanted from Poe at all. But having said that, I did quite enjoy this story - especially the ending, ...more
Andrei Tamaş
Dec 15, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poe, în această "proză scurtă de dimensiuni considerabile", a dat dovadă de o uluitoare imaginaţie (stimulată poate de opiu?!). Scrierea se prezintă la început ca o povestire, iar mai apoi ca un microroman epistolar.
Scrisă în 1835, ea prezintă călătoria pe lună a unui anumit olandez numit Hans Phaall, iar -lucru extrem de curios!- prezintă informaţii care sunt demne de ştiinţa de astăzi. Pe mine unul m-a făcut să plutesc în balonul improvizat de Hans Phaall, m-a făcut să privesc Terra de la înă
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Natalie
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Dimitra
Jan 24, 2016 Dimitra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edgar-allan-poe
I will say what I always say about Poe, no matter which of his stories/poems I read...
Poe is an artist! Poe is unique!
Poe is mysterious! Poe is scary!
Poe is Poe!!! <3 And I love him!!!
All of his stories and poems give you the chills and you just can't stop reading!!!
If you haven't read any of his work...please do a gift to yourself and go read some!!!
Al Santiago
Citibank harassing ya? Wells Fargo getting you down? Well blow them the hell up, build a balloon out of trash and sail that mutha to the moon. Or just say you did and see how many people actually believe you.

Susan
Dec 15, 2014 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG, the massive boredom. The classic case of instantly forgetting 90% of what I just read.
Neelam Babul
Apr 07, 2016 Neelam Babul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome tale involving a man who decided to embark on an adventure to the moon to escape from his friends who lent him some money.

An adventurous read.
Dewey
Jan 18, 2017 Dewey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a long absence from the Poe audiobooks I used to hear on cassette in the car when I was small (with one of those perfect 19th century narrators whose voice sounds like it was imbibed in this person for the sole purpose of reading Poe) - stories, some my all time favorites written by anybody, which included the Black Cat, the Tell-Tale Heart, the Cask of Amontillado, Masque of the Red Death and the two poems the Raven and Annabel Lee - I had a splendid last month or so returning to the worl ...more
Jes (RebelReads)
Fun story if you ignore the tedious detail about the balloon.
Avel Rudenko
Jul 31, 2009 Avel Rudenko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robbie Rittman
I can't help but feel like I was missing something!

There were some amusing moments in this read, like when the moon-man in the balloon dropped 120 somethings onto the head of the pipe smoking townsman, and he pretended not to notice (or at least that's how I read it). But on the whole, what a boring book.

I was astounded that Poe seems to have such a wealth of knowledge on the topic of astronomy, and if it is all accurate, then I admire him even more, but that seemed to be the content of this bo
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Jeffrey Smith
A very funny adventure steeped in the science of the day. Obviously reminded me of Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" in that it described the lunar voyage with great scientific details. The fact that the science was so rediculous made the story a very interesting read. Our astronaut actually traveled to the moon suspended in a basket from a gas balloon. His biggest challenge was air - but he solved the problem with an ingenious capsule design that used some kind of compressed air formul ...more
Amy
I've read quite a lot of Poe, but I've never read any of his science fiction. This was one of his first forays into writing and is, quite frankly, skippable ... sort of. Rather than commit suicide to escape his debts, Hans Pfaall decides to travel to the moon by hot air balloon. This story actually influenced Jules Vernes' From the Earth to the Moon and, like a Verne novel, is very heavy on engineering explanations. Granted, the science of it all is quite horrible, and these faulty engineering e ...more
D. J.
Jan 12, 2008 D. J. rated it it was amazing
Currently reading this very interesting story (written somewhat as a hoax) by Edgar Allen Poe, in English of course. Its called 'The Unparalleled Adventure Of One Hans Pfaall,' and it details the adventure of Hans as he becomes enamored with science and builds a balloon that allows him to make a trip to the moon.

Apparently it was an influence on Jules Verne and thus Georges Melies (the French were always huge Poe fans... see Charles Baudelaire, for example).

I'll write a more in-depth review on
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Lee McGeorge
Dec 27, 2013 Lee McGeorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first take this is a silly story for children, but on reflection it's a clever use of 'fantasy within fantasy' and an exploration into lies, deceit, truthfulness and belief.
Hans Pfall lands in the town square in a hot air balloon and recounts an astonishing tale of how he travelled to the moon and met the people there. The punchline comes in how well the people of the town will believe his amazing tale. Something that will linger in the minds of those who read into the themes of the story.
Danns
May 04, 2012 Danns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a mouthful of a story, very wordy, yet at the same time hysterical. The science involved in this while ludicrous is utterly imaginative on Poe's part. I could only imagine people reading this during his time period and being duped into believing this adventure to be true. Avery enjoyed it and so did I!
Riona
Jan 01, 2012 Riona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
One of Poe's early science fiction stories, this tells the tale of Hans Pfall, who decides he has nothing to lose so why not travel to the moon in a hot air balloon? Fairly amusing, but it didn't really engage me that much. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it had been half the length.
Ebster Davis
This story is a joke, that's evident from the beginning. It's about an amateur astronomer who builds a space ship to go to the moon, but like the beginning feels more like the wizard of oz.

But in the middle, he plays it straight. There's a lot of thought put into considering what it would be like to go through the atmospheric changes between earth and space, and a lot of scientific terminology is thrown around.

It even gets strangly steampunky, as Hans has to troubleshoot problems with the equi
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Phil Leader


This story is one of a number in a collection of Poe stories that I downloaded. I've always wanted to read Poe and this collection seemed like a good starting place.

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall was written in 1835 and is a short story containing much that would later be labelled science fiction, The titular character lives in the Netherlands and disappears one day. Five years later a strange balloon-like craft appears and it's equally odd occupant hands the Mayor of Rotterdam a
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Sam Kasbrick
2.5/5 stars
SIK Book Reviews
What you're in for: Astronomy. Depression. Experimentation. Balloon. Adventure. Aliens. Uncertainty.

My Thoughts:
Edgar Allan Poe is known most for his Gothic literature. However, he actually invented Detective Fiction and is thought to have been the first to write Science Fiction, with this exact story.

I am glad that I read this story, considering it is supposedly the first ever science fiction story. And for my challenge, it's one step toward reading all of Poe's stories. But, I have
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Alexander Fitzgerald
I'll admit: I've always had trouble with the classics. While I can wade through a Shakespeare for the breathtaking passages, my confusion with older English usually clouds my ability to appreciate most aged literature. Perhaps it's just an obsessive quality. I can't stand to not know the exact meaning of a word, and that regularly interrupts the flow of the narrative for me.

This was such a fascinating short story though. "Science fiction which doesn't adhere to today's science" should be a genre
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Austin Somlo
Aug 08, 2016 Austin Somlo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall is the 11th published short story by Edgar Allan Poe, and the surprising part about it is it's the first science fiction story ever written. I wish I can say nice things about it, but the story is tedious to get through for several reasons.

One, science fiction doesn't appeal to me.

Two, the observations are all made up and quite frankly impossible; in fact, the recipients of the letter should call Pfaall's story BS much earlier to save me the grief. E
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Aliya
Jan 09, 2017 Aliya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was prepared to read a horror story, but it turned out to be well within the genre of science fiction. It did have a lot of heavy wording that caused some confusion, while I was reading the story. However, dare I say it, the story was enjoyable and had some dark comedy (at least for me).

E. A. Poe surprised me with this short story. Although tough to read in the beginning, I did manage through the tough wording and learned a lot from this tale. My respect and admiration for Poe's writing has o
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H.G. Howell
May 31, 2016 H.G. Howell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story blew my mind. Poe delivers some of the best speculative visions of the earth and space travel ever put to paper prior to our forays into space. The whole time the reader is fixated on the events of the story, sitting on the edge of their seat while Hans travels to the moon. It is a dangerous journey, but one that leaves the reader overwhelmed once Hans lands on the lunar surface. Surprisingly, there is a subvert moral here - no matter how outlandish a dream may be, the journey to the ...more
Lisa
Jul 03, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is Poe's first published short story. It was an unsuccessful newspaper hoax that tells the story of a man who takes a balloon to space. It is an ok little story but was overshadowed by a much more successful hoax that was published a few days later. The story is pretty long for what it is and a lot of it isn't very interesting reading. The ending was the only part that was very interesting to me.
Sarah Nell Lader
I really enjoyed the biography of this book, in particular - it neither paints an overly romanticized portrait of Poe nor demonizes him. The selection of the stories included in this collection also flows together cohesively. My singular complaint is the mispronunciation of one of the readers of some words (particularly, mispronunciation of the word sepulchre).
Avid Reader
May 13, 2012 Avid Reader rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, online
I know the idea of this book at its time was a piece of genius but all it did to me is making aware that I don't like science-fiction stories! I didn't not enjoy this short story at all. Not even a little bit. If only I have the ability to stop reading something I find myself not liking. But when I start reading I can not stop.
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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of ...more
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