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The Three Impostors (The Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen #1)
The Three Imposters is a strange little book, a narrative about a secret society's efforts to retrieve a Roman coin ("The Gold Tiberius"), but this "novel" appears to be little more than a convenient device for telling a series of marvelous, horrific tales. Two of these tales--"The Novel of the Black Seal" and "The Novel of the White Powder"--are first-class works of imaginative fiction, and the entire book itself is entrancing, reminiscent of Stevenson's New Arabian Nights in its descriptions o ...more
Picture to yourself a mysterious prologue, in which we are introduced to two men and a ...more
This is volume one of a three volume set and contains the novella "The Great God Pan", two short stories "The Inmost Light" and "The Shining Pyramid" and t ...more
The book consist of several short horror stories (woven into a frame story) told to Phillips and Byron, the one a determined rationalist and the other somewhat a dreamer. Thematically the stories revolve around the decay of moral and the arts, somehow connected to a secret society possibly worshipp ...more
Reading it today it is hard to imagine what the fuss would have been about. But Mac ...more
Or I'm dumb, which is also possible.
"The Three Imposters and Other Stories" contains the title novel, plus the novella, "The Great God Pan," and two short stories, "The Inmost Light" and "The Shining Pyramid." I would rate the novella and short stories as four out of five, with the novel being a three.
The novel holds the same structure as the short stories, more or less, with one character (a man named Dyson in all but one of the stories contained in this book) investigating and being told a strange story by another characte ...more
These fantastic tales are firmly placed in the urbane and modern life of Victorian London, in particular the regularity of the new suburbia, and the scepticism of the scientific man, which sharpens the contrast to the tales of the uncanny, providing a troubling hint of darker currents beneath daily life and a darker nature constrained within each of us.
There is a st ...more
The style of writing reminded me of that of Arthur Conan Doyle, which should not surprise me, as he and Arthur Machen were contemporaries. The language is very descriptive and somewhat flowery. Occasionally, that gets a bit boring, but mostly it is, for me, beautiful prose.
There appear to be three main characters, but they converge on a fourth. There is much mystery a ...more
No obstante, las siguientes historias me permitieron entender que cada una de ellas estaban entrelazadas y formaban parte de un gran todo en d ...more
"Los tres impostores fue considerada como una obra muy especial, tanto por su estructura, como por la temática que adelantaba. Sin romper definitivamente con el aún vigente estilo gótico del terror victoriano, Machen introducía el horror cósmico y esa visión materialista del origen del miedo, aderezado con un marcado ambiente ocultista".
However, this work made me feel like I have the attention span of a pea. I don’t know if it’s the 19th century English or the neverending prose or even the fact that the stories are linked but not in an obvious way, but it struck me as extremely dull most of the time. I found myself constantly going back to reread the last line or even paragraph, feeling utt ...more
The best way to describe these stories is that they are all foreplay and at the end you do ...more
La grande villa dell'antica famiglia dei Tannahill si leva solitaria e misteriosa presso la città di Almirante, in California. Bizzarre ed oscure vicende vi hanno luogo da quando il capostipite della famiglia, uno spagnolo, certo capitan Tanequila, aveva fatto naufragio con la sua nave Almirante su quella parte della deserta e selvaggia costa californiana, nel lontano 1643. Molte strane cose cominciano ad accadere al giovane Allison Stephens, amministratore della casa senza tempo. Innanzi tutto,...more
"The Three Impostors", on the other hand, poses a riddle. While the component novels (as they are termed) follow the convention ...more
The book is set out rather interestingly with a bunch of stories with intersecting characters. Most of the stories include Dyson, a 19th century London gentleman with an inquisitive demeanour not dissimilar to Sherlock Holmes.
I tre impostori è un geniale romanzo gotico costruito sull'intrecciarsi di molteplici racconti, ognuno un piccolo gioiello di tensione e orrore.
Dyson e Phllips, giovani intellettuali le cui principali occupazioni sono oziose passeggiate per le vie di Londra intervallate da amabili dissertazioni filosofiche più o meno sul nulla, incappano in curiosi personaggi sbucati misteriosamente da non si sa dove ...more
Extremely mild sensual imagery pops up from time to time, which seems quaint now but probably titillated Machen's Victorian readers. Somewhat stronger and darker suggestions of actual rape by supernatural beings also play a part. As questiona ...more
|How important is the "Impostor" portion of The Three Impostors? (spoilers, to some degree, more of a kind than definite sorts)||1||13||Nov 12, 2010 07:36AM|
At the age of eleven, Mache ...more