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Preview — The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen
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": its descriptions ...more
Picture to yourself a mysterious prologue, in which we are introduced to two men and a ...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
"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
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
This book has its good horror moments, but it is basically a demonstration of the authors of 19th-century London! The revolving characters of Dyson and Phillips is singular; the sense of a constant hidden horror is very frequent in the stories; the approach of archeological objects grants the stories with a twist of old, ominous.
These are the main stories:
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 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
The best way to describe these stories is that they are all foreplay and at the end you do ...more
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
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
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
I read this as I work on compiling a Chronologica ...more
|How important is the "Impostor" portion of The Three Impostors? (spoilers, to some degree, more of a kind than definite sorts)||1||12||Nov 12, 2010 07:36AM|
At the age of eleven, Mache ...more