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The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether

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Deux nouvelles pour trembler et sourire extraites des "Histoires sérieuses et grotesques".
Published 2008 (first published January 3rd 1844)
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A comedic and dark short story about an unnamed narrator who visits a mental institute and partakes in a lavish dinner before things go awry. The narrator realizes alongside the reader that as his time at the hospital elongates, so does the suspicious behavior exhibited by the dinner guests, which leads to trouble. Soon, the soothing system discussed by Monsieur Malliard, the owner of the institute, comes into question.

Poe does a wonderful job of interspersing foreshadowing and bits of specific
Sep 09, 2015 Samin added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samin by: Hosna
دیوانه ای، برای دستیابی به هدف خود، با توهم رویارویی با عده ای به اصطلاح، عاقل، در با نقاب عقل، به جمع آنان پای می نهد، و نهایتا می فهمد: همه ی اطرافیان او نیز دیوانگانی چون او بوده اند....با نقاب.... با ادعای سلامت روان
کتاب را نمی دانم، اما فیلم را که ببینید، شوکه خواهید شد، تعجب خواهید کرد، در لحظاتی وحشت می کنید و در لحظاتی لبریز از لذت خواهید شد.... .
داستانی بدیع و خلاقانه.
قصه ای که در آن، دیوانگان بر تیمارستانی حاکم اند و پزشکان و روانشناسان در قفس!
داستانی که در آن غالب شخصیت ها دروغین اند
An original plot told in a light, whimsical manner. The story plays with the concepts of madness and normalness, as the protagonist is lead by one Monsieur Maillard through a mental asylum. You can really see what's coming in this short story, but it makes it no less entertaining.
Excellent short story worth reading, especially after watching Stonehearst Asylum.
I had to read this after watching Stonehearst Asylum...
which was good by the way. Different characters but a
similar storyline. It was a short...quick read through
that I found here-
definitely a goodread if you are a Edgar Allan Poetry fan.
Edgar Allan Poe wurde in das Irrenasyl auf Blackwells Island eingeliefert und in Einzelhaft genommen. In seiner Verzweiflung herauszukommen klopft er seine ganze Zelle ab auf der Suche nach einem Ausweg und findet tatsächlich eine hohl klingende Botenplatte unter seinem Bett.
In mühevoller Nachtarbeit schabt er die Fugen leer und findet darunter einen Geheimgang. Die Enttäuschung ist groß als dieser ihn nur in eine benachbarte Zelle führt. In dieser sitzt zu lebenslänglichem Aufenthalt im Asyl ve
Sep 20, 2013 David rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
The person relaying the story has a friend who knows Monsieur Maillard, the creator of a revolutionary system for treating the mentally ill. Together they travel to southern France to visit the mental institution run by Maillard. After introducing them, the friend departs and the storyteller stays for dinner where he learns that Maillard has recently abandoned his new system. As dinner progresses, our narrator notices a number of things that are slightly off, e.g., the way the other dinner guest ...more
Moataz Muhammad
شفت الفيلم الأول اللي بيستند لأحداث القصة دي قبل ما أقراها. طبعا كنت متوقع أشوف فيلم رصين مش علشان إنه فيه بين كينجسلي وكيت بكنسايل، لكن علشان مستوحي من أحد كتابات إدجار آلان بو، واحد من أعظم الكتاب اللي ولدوا علي هذه الأرض.
حبكة القصة رائعة بالطبع وفيها تحولات درامية كتير, الفيلم مش ماشي علي السياق الحرفي للقصة، لكن الاتنين في مجملهم رائعين جدا.
Well, we can say that it took our friend quite some time to realise what was really going on, he seriously din't see it coming :D
A story about a"Maison de santé" ruled by some special staff, no spoilers, enjoy the reading ;)
Bill Lynas
Although not one of Poe's classic tales this short story, set in a mental asylum, is very amusing & quirky. It has just been made into the feature film Stonehearst Asylum, although I'm not sure how such a slight tale will work as a full length movie.
Diego Claire Ulthar Sideral
Cómo entiendo a Poe cuando se deja llevar por la locura y ya no hay nada que lo pare para escribir un cuento bastante hilarante y paranoico. Adorable. <3
Se lee de una sentada. Cómico bajo mi criterio, tiene ese toco humorístico. La prosa de Édgar Allan Poe se distingue. Se pasa buen rato.
Read as part of "Tales of Death and Dementia."

This was an entertaining little story.

Maria Velb
suspence is exceeding in all his works. for those who are fond of detective and mystery stories
One of those rare cases, when the movie is better than the book.
"No creas nada de lo que oyes y solo la mitad de lo que ves"
Moataz Muhammad
شفت الفيلم الأول اللي بيستند لأحداث القصة دي قبل ما أقراها. طبعا كنت متوقع أشوف فيلم رصين مش علشان إنه فيه بين كينجسلي وكيت بكنسايل، لكن علشان مستوحي من أحد كتابات إدجار آلان بو، واحد من أعظم الكتاب اللي ولدوا علي هذه الأرض.
حبكة القصة رائعة بالطبع وفيها تحولات درامية كتير, الفيلم مش ماشي علي السياق الحرفي للقصة، لكن الاتنين في مجملهم رائعين جدا.
Mad just mad!!!!
Very cute and funny short story about a man visiting a mental institution on in one of France's southern provinces. You can see the ending coming a mile off, but that didn't make it any less fun. :) Also, I did love the Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether notes. :)
This was a great story of a man going into a mental institution and eating a "civilized" dinner with the guests. I loved the narrators descriptions of the occupants and even though I could see the twist at the end coming, I really enjoyed watching it play out. Great read.
Cerita Poe ini menjadi inspirasi film "Stonehearst Asylum".
Walaupun akhir cerita dapat ditebak, Poe masih mampu menyajikan cerita dengan cukup menghibur.

"When a madman appears thoroughly sane, indeed, it is high time to put him in a strait-jacket"
Cristina (a book away from an episode of hoarders)
I thought this short story was light and amusing, in a grim Poe sort of way.

When I found out there was going to be a movie based on this short story, Stonehearst Asylum, I immediately found it online and read it.
Tied for my favorite Poe story. It deals with a man going into a mental ward. That's all I'm going to say. Just read it, it's brilliant and funny.
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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 hundr ...more
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“I was cautious in what I said before the young lady; for I could not be sure that she was sane; and, in fact, there was a certain restless brilliancy about her eyes that half led me to imagine she was not.” 13 likes
“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” 4 likes
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