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The Sphinx

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  360 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews

The Sphinx is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe about a man who decides to visit a relative living near the Hudson River north of New York City for two weeks during a cholera epidemic that occurred during the summer of 1832. One day during this visit, the man is reading a book near the window revealing a scenic view of the Hudson River. His attention is focused upon

6 pages
Published 2008 (first published January 3rd 1846)
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Apr 03, 2016 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, horror, own
One of the few dependable comforts is snuggling into bed with my tome of Poe tales. While this is short, there is a a clever use of distraction to trick the reader as the horror unfolds. There was an uncanny feeling of having read this, but I think that is because the beginning reminded me so very much of "La Rue Morgue", albeit nineteenth century New York.

Not the best or most diverting, but enough to bring a moment of pleasure.
Sanjay Gautam
Mar 05, 2015 Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it
The story is something that you won't believe at all, but you will believe all the same that's the paradox of story.
Apr 09, 2016 Nathan rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Oh, Poe! What a fun little story!
Ahmed Ibrahim
من الاخر كده
متاخدش بالمظاهر :)
Andrei Tamaş
Dec 21, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it did not like it
Dacă scopul prozei a fost umorul, Poe a eşuat...
Apr 12, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
Short and sweet! Well...maybe not sweet, but a great short story.
Diego Claire Ulthar Sideral
Aug 23, 2015 Diego Claire Ulthar Sideral rated it it was amazing
Breve pero con una intensidad notable referente a la sugestión provocada por los rumores y las leyendas de los pueblos que se escuchan desde tiempos muy lejanos. El efecto óptico y el miedo latente agudizan mucho los sentidos. El terror psicológico que maneja Poe en todos los cuentos de terror es excelente y continúa causando ese pavor influyente aunque se lea y relea las veces que sean necesarias. <3
Ken Moten
Sep 22, 2012 Ken Moten rated it liked it

One has to admit, (view spoiler). This book also shows me just more proof as to how good a story-teller in the way of description Poe was. Not even I with my best cynicism could predict the ending to this one!!
Jun 18, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un típico caso de lo que el consumo excesivo de opio puede generar en las personas. Y Poe sabía mucho de esto. La Esfinge demuestra el paroxismo que generan sus efectos...
Dec 15, 2014 Safae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually googled the sphinx in the book before i finished it and thought to myself hmm poe you need to get your facts straight but then I was the one who was wrong
Nov 12, 2013 Mackenzie rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics, 2013
Obviously not some of Poe's best work...
Dec 19, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Well, this is the beginning of my Edgar Allan Poe reading. I started with “The Sphinx” because it was toward the beginning of my ebook copy of the complete stories. I pulled out the giant print book I have and I’ll probably go in that order from now on. I’m going to try reading some of the poetry too, even though poetry isn’t usually my thing. I’ve read a few of Poe’s popular poems, and liked them.

I really enjoyed the introduction to this leather bound edition. There were plenty of things about
Daniela Pinos
Jan 05, 2016 Daniela Pinos rated it really liked it
Creo que a mi querido señor Poe le encanta confundir a los lectores un poco, antes de soltar la bomba y boomm llega tan fuerte que te sorprende muchísimo, hay veces en las que no logro comprenderlo del todo puesto que tiene pensamientos super profundos, pero me encanta la forma en la que usa cosas un tanto extrañas que pueden resultar hasta terroríficas para expresar sus ideas, es algo único. <3
Jun 30, 2015 Shacoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not find this short story to be very interesting. It was bland and forgettable. I would advise lovers of Edgar Allan Poe to skip this story. I would advise everyone else to skip it as well.
Mar 26, 2014 Jean-baptiste rated it liked it
Smart short story about point of view and superstition. This said, it is a bit difficult to actually believe the narrator in his tale, or the ending... Readers will understand what I mean, I think.
Kate Flynn
May 02, 2016 Kate Flynn rated it really liked it
Listened to this on Audible channels around this time, I forget the exact date
Heaven Yassine
Petite nouvelle sympa, mais pas la meilleur d'E.A.P
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
After reading so many works by Poe,this one seems a bit dull. We feel something big is going to happen next second,he keeps on building,and in the end we find that it's all for nothing. The description of sphinx was good but then we find that it's the narrator's imagination that assumes a sphinx out of an insect. It wasn't an enjoyable read.
Ebster Davis
Sep 14, 2015 Ebster Davis rated it liked it
Its all about perspective
Mar 18, 2011 sabisteb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörspiele
Wieder ein Teil, der sich nur mit dem Haupthandlungsstrang beschäftigt, als einer der Teile die ich liebe. Poe findet einen Priester, der bezeugen kann, dass er von Dr. baker auf einer Insel bei New York einer Hirnoperation unterzogen wurde.
Er findet weitere Hinweise auf das, was Baker vorhat und kommt seiner Vergangenheit wieder ein Stück näher.
Viele neue Informationen und Hinweise, die jedoch mehr Fragen aufwerfen als klären. Wunderbar!
Jan 09, 2015 Eduard rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, horror, 2015
Read as part of Edgar Allan Poe Complete Tales and Poems

Acherontia lachesis, more commonly known as Death's-head Hawkmoth.
Sep 28, 2012 Abby rated it liked it
Fear of omens, the perception of something big when it is really small like an actual bug crawling on a window pane.
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