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The Murders in the Rue Morgue (C. Auguste Dupin #1)

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'A murder so mysterious, and so perplexing in all its particulars, was never before committed in Paris,' say the local papers when two women are found brutally murdered -- one strangled and stuffed up a chimney and the other with her throat slit -- in their home on the Rue Morgue. It is up to Monsieur Dupin, fledgeling detective, to crack the case, with Poe inventing the d ...more
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Published August 1st 1996 by Penguin Books (first published 1841)
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Jean
In these first five stories about Poe's detective Auguste Dupin, he establishes many of the traditions or motifs we know from classic detective fiction. The eccentric but brilliant detective who solves the mystery merely by analysing the facts from his armchair, the mystery of how a murder was committed in a closed room, laying a false trail with false clues or "red herrings" for the reader to follow are just three of his original tropes, which are now so familiar that they are almost cliches.

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Exina
“An inquiry will afford us amusement…”

The Murders in the Rue Morgue is considered the first detective fiction story. Poe's early detective fiction tales featuring C. Auguste Dupin laid the groundwork for future detectives in literature. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said, "Each [of Poe's detective stories] is a root from which a whole literature has developed... Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?"
The character of Dupin became the prototype for many future f
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Jonnie
He impaired his vision by holding the object too close. He might see, perhaps, one or two points with unusual clearness, but in so doing he, necessarily, lost sight of the matter as a whole. Thus there is such a thing as being too profound."

The story opens with two ways of solving a problem. There's the chess player, who looks at all the pieces on the board and decides what to do next. Then there's the whist player, whose objective is to deduce what cards the other players are holding through ob
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Stacy
Arthur Conan Doyle repeatedly cited Poe as a creative inspiration in his writing - particularly Poe's detective stories which are widely considered to be the first ever detective stories (Wilkie Collins is also attributed this honor with his book The Moonstone, but that was published several years later). Though I had read a few of Poe's short stories for school while growing up, I had not read his detective stories and was surprised to think of him as writing such stories as I had always consig ...more
Marialyce
This was a very strange tale from a man we have all been made to believe was a very strange, sinister type person. Poe, contrary to his writings, seemed to have been a man of sensitivity, a man much in love with his young wife, a man whose life took many sad turns as well.

The protagonist, Dupin, a forerunner of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, solves a very gruesome, mysterious case by the use of his intelligence and wit. The murderer turns out to be someone who the reader would never
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Simon Taylor
The much-hyped, greatly-revered “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” were a bitter disappointment.

The first and titular of the five short stories began with a long discussion of everything you never wanted to know about chess, simply to allow Poe to make clear the difference between observing and analysing. The case is outlined in the past tense, and solved immediately. There is no investigation, and none of the characters referred to actually appear. In fact, the long, repetitive and frankly monoton
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Katy
Part of The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, and one of the very first true detective stories written. A quote I quite liked: Books, indeed, were his sole luxuries, and in Paris these are easily obtained. There is also a scene in this book that is reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes story. Fascinating stuff.
Andypants
Whether or not this was the first work of crime fiction, this story is the grandfather of Holmes, Maigret and Marlowe. I'd say the combination of format, subject and pacing are what marks this story out as the most important originator of the style. If you haven't read it, its definitely a short and fast-paced (by 19th century standards) read. You won't like the ending.
Diana
Edgar Allan Poe, asesinatos, París, un personaje principal que constituye el modelo para crear a Sherlock Holmes. Una excelente combinación.
Mark
Not bad, not bad at all. Only thing, at this late date, it didn't seem very hard to solve the mystery, even though the events surrounding it were indeed out of the ordinary. I dunno if it's because Dupin's preliminary rundown made the reader susceptible to his august (see what I did there? har har) analytic method, or if the story has been in the public conscience so long that I've likely read something similar to this already, having finally today sat down to read the original. Still, Poe, as a ...more
Luis
El inicio de las novelas policíacas a cargo de Poe, un final rocambolesco y poco probable, no obstante ingenioso y entretenido.
Russell
The first recognized detective story is surprising light on the Poeisms. The beginning was very Poe-esque, but the rest of the story wasn't steeped in supernatural overtones.

The start, to me, reads more like a Rice Vampire proto-novel : "Seeking in Paris the objects I then sought, I felt that the society of such a man would be to me a treasure beyond price; and this feeling I frankly confided to him. It was at length arranged that we should live together during my stay in the city; and as my wo
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Matthew Coleman
While "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is certainly one of the first detective stories and C. Auguste Dupin was the inspiration for Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, I think the most striking element of the story is Poe's almost apathetic treatment of the victims. The crime was particularly heinous. The details are gruesome and terrifying. Dupin, though, is more concentrated on solving the mystery and freeing the wrongly incarcerated individual than he is with finding justice for the victims. It is no sur ...more
Kathy Worrell
According to Wikipedia, Murder on the Rue Morgue was one of the first modern detective stories.

I had a hard time getting into the story, the beginning was rather boring. The storyline and the murderer (IMO) is outlandish.

Not my favorite Poe story.
Benjamin Stahl
I enjoyed this much more the second time around. Very intriguing, the way it goes through Dupin's methods of deduction (you really get the sense that this story had a profound effect upon Arthur Conan Doyle and his subsequent detective character, who, unlike Poe's Dupin, everybody knows). The murders themselves were also much more graphic than I remembered them being ... not to mention being of a particularly morbid inventiveness, and even (I dare say) darkly comical nature. By that I make refer ...more
Sam Kasbrick
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The story was definitely the best out of the stories I've read for this challenge so far. It was awesome to experience the first ever Detective Fiction. I enjoyed it to a point.

Remember how I said I call myself a fan of Poe, but I wanted to read more of his tales to know for sure? Well, the way this is going so far, I'm not sure I am. I'm not a huge fan of his writing style. I don't really like how everything is told after the fact. For example, in this story, they visit the house where the inc
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Lola
Literary Showdown: Auguste Dupin vs. Sherlock Holmes

Auguste Dupin
-First real detective story
-Recluse with only one friend
-Deduces things from small details
-Little to no back story or character development
-Never leaves his apartment to investigate crime scenes
-Long explanation of crime at the end
-No wit, humor, or genuine emotion
-Movie? TV show?

Result? Fail

Sherlock Holmes
-Most popular detective story
-Recluse with a drug addiction and and only one friend
-Deduces things from small details
-Wel
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Bogdan
I wanted now to read again this short story in original, as I thought I have lost some details due to the translations. Anyhow, as I have read it initially some years back, I did not recall exactly the key to this mystery, thus I could enjoy it fully.

The premise can only be the usual one for the detective stories: the ones that do bad deeds will always be found and punished. This one is slightly different as it introduces some new concepts never used before, like analytical thinking that led to
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Sara
Este é um livro que se lê em poucas horas, de tão pequeno que é. Vem incluído no livro para além do Crime na Rua Morgue, o Mistério de Marie Rogêt. Adorei os contos, a forma como os mistérios são resolvidos pelo narrador e o seu amigo Dupin.
Este foi o primeiro livro que li de Edgar Allan Poe, e as expectativas foram excedidas! é realmente muito bom, quero ler mais de Poe de certeza!

Recomendo!
Ellen
This is looked at by some literary scholars as being the first modern detective story (though I've also heard Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone referred to as such), and I decided to read it for that reason. It wasn't a favorite, mainly because a) it was awfully grisly, b) I deciphered the mystery long before the reveal, and c) Poe is just weird.
María
Al principio me pareció agotadoramente aburrido. Al ir avanzando… Quizá encontré algo mas de ritmo en la narrativa, que aunque descriptiva casi en un 100%, tenía toques de conversacional adecuadas para el género. No puedo decir que no disfruto del género policial, pero éste no fue encantador.
Susan
Really interesting - read the Vintage Classic edition, which had a great introduction and a fantastic Appendix of other early crime books. The stories were dry and the characters not well developed, but this man invented a whole genre and I am glad that I read them.
Annabel Navarro
Un relato policíaco que presenta al lector un crimen aparentemente irresoluble, en el que todo gira entorno a una habitación cerrada. Un crimen sangriento y brutal resuelto por una mente privilegiada; muy a lo Sherlock Holmes. (De hecho, se considera a Auguste Dupine, creado por Edgar Allan Poe, como un personaje predecesor de Holmes).

Lo positivo- El planteamiento del crimen, las incógnitas; el detalle de los idiomas, en los testimonios de los testigos. El llamamiento del autor en ver más allá d
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Laura
In this novel, Poe shows Auguste Dupin's ability as a detective since he was able to deduce not only what people were thinking but could also read a murder scene as though it were a book.
Sabine
Assigned for class.
I really liked the way Dupin is asking the narrator once in a while if he finally understood, which is a bit like Poe giving us time to think and try to understand the riddle.
This is supposedly the first detective story ever, which makes it really interesting : it lacks some things we're used to, the characters are not interesting themselves, because the story is all about the mystery, the riddle and the explanation itself. The rest of it will come later in style, but in this
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Joana

"Os Crimes da Rua Morgue é considerado por muitos como a primeira obra policial de sempre."

Esta frase aliada ao facto de ser um livro de Poe foi o que me levou a pegar neste livro.
Este volume tem duas histórias, dois crimes cuja resolução foi levada a cabo por Dupin, um indivíduo com inteligência e atenção aos pormenores muito acima da média. A sua capacidade de raciocínio muito me fez lembrar Holmes mas as semelhanças acabam aqui. Estas histórias são mais uma narração de eventos e das conclusõe
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Sarah ( Paris )
النسخة التي قرأتها معدلة ..
ومنقحة وقصيرة جدا ..

حبكة غريبة ..

سأقرأها مرة أخرى عندما أجدها كاملة .
adlin
I had the opportunity to read this short story over Christmas. I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. Those short stories were my introduction to the murder mystery and I was hooked. This story by Poe is credited with starting the mystery genre, so I was glad to finally read it.

I was a little disappointed. The first part of the story ambles on about chess vs draughts (?), which I finally skipped over to get to the story. There was a reason for it - to demonstrate the reasoning ability of Dupin, but
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Norah Sumner
''That was the evidence itself,” said Dupin, “but it was not the peculiarity of the
evidence. You have observed nothing distinctive. Yet there was something to be
observed.
The witnesses, as you remark, agreed about the gruff voice; they were
here unanimous. But in regard to the shrill voice, the peculiarity is not that they
disagreed —but that, while an Italian, an Englishman, a Spaniard, a Hollander,
and a Frenchman attempted to describe it, each one spoke of it as that of a
foreigner. Each is sure
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Marinho Lopes
O livro incluía ainda “O Mistério de Marie Rogêt”, ambos protagonizados pelo célebre detective “caseiro” Dupin (que veio a influenciar a criação posterior de outros mais conhecidos: Sherlock Holmes e Hercule Poirot, por exemplo). Por um lado gostei das reflexões metafísicas que acompanhavam a análise detalhada de cada pormenor relacionado com os crimes, por outro lado acho que o escritor exagerou na estupidificação de todas as personagens com excepção do Dupin, para sobrevalorizar esta, quando n ...more
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