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Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by t...more
Paperback, Oxford Bookworms Stage 1, 30 pages
Published August 25th 2006 by Not Avail (first published 1902)
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Stephen
Atmosphere, subtlety, thought provocation, quality prose and lingering horror…these are the “Table of Contents” of the best of the classic early horror stories. Admittedly, my “modern” 21st century sensibilities and the red-meat need for high body counts, buckets-o-blood and levels of in your faceness that go to 11 occasionally has me looking at the early spook tales with PFFT on my lips.
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But then I stop being so dense and remember how much the classic chillers have much to offer in the way of...more
Shovelmonkey1
Aug 24, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans but not monkeys
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: goodreaders and Le Fanu fans
Shelves: read-in-2011
As a general rule of thumb (or paw), magical charms dished out by sombre old men are usually more trouble than they're worth. And if said sombre old man says "listen up folks, this thing will only get you into trouble and running around wishing for wealth and power will only end in tears", then it's probably best to listen. Literature has a well established tradition of morose old codgers who know what they're talking about... although since they seem to be the source of the charms they should p...more
Fahad
مخلب القرد

في مراهقتي كان الدكتور (أحمد خالد توفيق) مؤلفي المفضل، ذلك المزيج المذهل من السخرية والرعب في (ما وراء الطبيعة)، وذلك المزيج المبهر من الخيال والسخرية في (فانتازيا) كان يدير رأسي، ويجعلني أتلهف لأعداد السلسلتين وأحصل عليها كما يحصل العاشق على قبلة – يتخيلها، ينتظرها ومن ثم تدير رأسه لأيام عندما يحصل عليها -، لا أظن أني أعدت قراءة مجموعة من الكتب، كما أعدت قراءة هاتين السلسلتين ومراراً.

كنت ولازلت مبهوراً بفن الدكتور أحمد، أسلوبه، أفكاره، الجمال الذي صاغ به شخصيتيه (رفعت إسماعيل) و(عبي...more
Marvin
What is the most anthologized piece of short horror fiction ever?

I'll give you a hint. It is not anything by Poe.

That's right. The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacob. Say whatever you want about this old warhorse. However, it was often the first real horror story many of us had read. It is responsible for a lot of nightmares throughout its more than a hundred years of scaring people. Not to mention it is responsible for one of the best parodies from The Simpson's Halloween episodes.

If you have never r...more
Sarah
i love short stories .... and liked this one so much ..
moral of the story : it is never good to change things and sometimes what u wish for can be the end of ur life or the end of people u love the most ...
but wait a second
only 3 ppl who actually used the monkey paw given by an indian old man ... the first man they told us nothing about his wishes except his third wish which is his death because he suffered enough from his first 2 wishes...
now Mr. morris wished for a car and money... he lost...more
Ruth
This book is an unsettling tale of being careful what you wish for. It is morbid and depressing. When I listened to it in school, the fact that the audio included sound effects like rushing wind didn't help either. Creepy things are not for me.
April
"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."

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Throughout this story those words by Frederic Brown rang in my head. The Monkey's Paw delivers the same cutting-edge tension and
horror, wrapped in fear of the unknown and somewhat humorous irony. It's blatantly obvious the amount classic chillers can offer, especially the shorts. 10 pages of this will almost without doubt have you on the edge of your seat up until the last line. A little beauty for fans of the horror g...more
Latie
"It had a spell put on it by an old fakir," said the sergeant major, "a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it." -Sergeant Major Morris

A chilling ghost story with the age old moral- beware of what you wish for. I have seen a few parodies of this story (example: The Simpsons) however I had never read the original tale until no...more
Melissa
My school teacher read this to our class for Halloween one year when I was in junior high. For years, I remembered neither the title nor the author. But I remembered the story. Recently, I came across a description of The Monkey’s Paw on Amazon. I sat up, recalled it from school, and exclaimed at my computer, “That’s it!”

The Monkey’s Paw is a short story about a family who has a visit from a man possessing a strange monkey’s paw. The paw is supposed to grant three wishes. But be careful what you...more
Amy
I listened to this with my daughter today. This was a wonderful story when I read it about 20 years ago, and it was just as wonderful listening to it today. What I loved about it the most was watching my daughter's eyes widen as she realized what was happening.

A book like this that has the ability to affect people of all ages over such a long span of time is a classic worth reading over and over again. I hope to be able to share this story with my grandchildren one day.
Edwin Arnaudin
The "Never-Ending Book Quiz" reminded me of this fascinating short story that I read sometime back in the day (middle or high school?). Rediscovering great mandatory reads like this makes me wonder what other short stories I've read in class, loved, and have forgotten.

Has this happened to anyone else?
Sara
"A mão do Macaco" trata-se de um conto de terror à volta de uma mão de macaco que consiste num objeto capaz de conceder 3 desejos ao seu dono. À primeira ninguém acredita em tal coisa mas há sempre quem queira tentar, e este alguém é o senhor White. Quando pedem os desejos, nunca pensam nas consequência que ele poderá trazer, e é este conto que nos mostra quais são essas consequências e quanto aterrorizadoras podem ser.

Como conto de terror estava à espera de um pouco mais, que fosse mais assusta...more
Nick
How is it that I have never heard of this before? Although this story did seem somewhat familiar I don't have any recollection of it. Very creepy!
Lemar
This story scared the hell out of me as a kid. My Dad is a great reader and hearing this one, in a cabin in the woods, worked.
Andy Bork
The Whites run an inn, which is for people to stay in. The monkey’s paw is a magical relic that grants someone three wishes. Sergeant- Major Morris visits the White’s household with the paw. Sergeant-Major Morris explains to the Whites what it does. The Whites wish for 200 pounds, the currency not the weight unit. Their wish comes true, but its not how they wanted to get it. The way they got it wasn’t really pleasant though.
Mr. and Mrs. Whites son Herbert died in a accident at work. He got al...more
Bryce Akey
The Monkey’s Paw is a short story written by W.W. Jacobs. The main characters are Mr. and Mrs. White, Herbert, and Sergeant Major Morris. The story starts at the White house hold when they invite Sergeant Major Morris over for dinner. The sergeant starts telling stories about when he was in India, and how he found the monkey’s paw. The monkey’s paw was magical and gave him three wishes. After they talked some more, Sergeant Major Morris tried throwing the monkey’s paw in the fireplace, but Mr. W...more
Vivian Archer
Part of an awesome curriculum in our English literature for 6th grade. Gotta love a school that thinks this, The Lottery], and The Most Dangerous Game were good pieces for us to read. YES!
Bonnie
Like The Yellow Wallpaper, this short story shows that writers a century ago knew how to pack a punch with very few words. It took me only about 10 minutes to read and it still sent shivers down my spine.

This is the story of a happy, loving family who deal with the horrors of getting what they wish for. A "friend" comes back from India bearing a cursed monkey's paw. As he puts it: "It had a spell put on it by an old fakir...a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and...more
fatima pure
It is a very interesting horror imaginary short story!!<3. What I like the most is the fact that it is suspenseful and attractive because of the unexpected events that took place all along the story .it is about a curst paw of a dead monkey that has the power of granting its possessor three wishes. The story is about a family that asked for more then what they needed ;as a punishment to their greedy and selfishness ,they lost more than what they asked for .It also reflect the era of the indus...more
Miriam
This was a scary story! I had to read this a while back for an english class and I was creaped out. I hate the ending and the climax.... I can still picture it in my head to this day...the way the son's dead body must have looked, banging on the dorr, while the mother tried to open the door... the father desperately looking for the monkey paw... scary is the word. I am only giving this a1 star because I didn't like the story, nothing against the way it was written or the style... in fact this wa...more
Katie
This is one of my favorite short stories. It's an Edgar Allen Poe-like story. The monkey's paw can grant three wishes for three people. At the start of the story, a Sergeant-Major visits the White family and tells them about the paw. He is quick to get rid of it and Mr. White is quick to take it. The epigram for the story is "Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it", and it perfectly fits the tone. The Whites discover that what they wish for is not necessarily what they want. It is susp...more
Alejandra
Uno de esos cuentos que leen en clases y te encantan.
Hannah
The Monkey's Paw by W.W Jacobs is a short story of a monkey's paw that will grant you three wishes. However, the creator of the paw made it so whomever took a wish they would know that fate ruled their lives. Many people, though, ignore the warning and go ahead and make a wish. Some of those who made wishes do not get hurt, while others do. Most of the people that made wishes already have loads of riches. Overall, the point the author was trying to make was that people should be content with wha...more
Soobin Park
This story made me so exited. I got goose bumps while i was reading.
There was a warm, confident house which Mr&Mrs White and their friendly son lived. One day a visitor of Mr. White visited their house. He was a soldier in India for 22 years, so he had great, funny stories of his life. One of the story was about monkey's paw. "If you hold it in your right hand and make a wish, it becomes true. However, it also brings unhappiness. You can make only 3 wishes" Then the visitor showed the paw to...more
Realini
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs

This is a very good short story, by an author I had been unaware of, before reading The Monkey’s Paw.
Superstition is not my cup of tea, but there are stories that make me wonder and doubt. Even if this is fiction, there are some “real stories” which can be explained by coincidence, placebo effect and other natural causes. But it is difficult not to think of dark powers.
The guests come in this house with a monkey’s paw, brought from a distant place, with strange peo...more
Mizuki
I remember reading this story (or a slightly modernized version of it) as a child, and I'm happy to tell you after reading the original version of the story it is still as impressive and outstanding as I'vw remembered.

It's a peerless piece of short story, the elements of horror and suspense are used masterfully by the author, it's nearly impossible to add more words into nor taking words away from the text within damaging it---The Monkey's Paw is perfect as it is. No wonder it's a classic.
Shannan
This story is from 1902. I find it interesting how Jacobs writes, his style.

The White family are given a monkey's paw which gives you three wishes.

But when the White's use the paw, the results are death and misery.

You could say I enjoyed this story, it starts off calm but then a bit rough. And the tension increases throughout the story.

Overall, this story would be a hit for people who like a bit of a scare and history. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Michicachan999
This is a great short story. What I believe the moral is trying to say here is that you can't have everything at the snap of a finger (no pun!). There has to be a consequence if you're going to get something without earning/working for it. It starts off slow and very inconspicuous...but around the middle of part II starts to get creepy and send chills down your spin. Don't read this story alone in the dark..it may scar you for a while!
Lilyan
Oh My God! The Monkeys Paw! I was randomly browsing good reads and came upon this. I read this in elementary school, I LOVED it. It gave me the creeps. I actually own a little monkey's paw necklace that always reminds me f this book. I like to pretend my necklace grants me wishes... HARMLESS ones :P. I think this is a great school read with a moral behind it.
Moe Hosokawa
1. Oxford level1

2. 6/1,2 = 60 minutes ( Huckleberry Finn = 45minutes )

3. family, paw, wishes, son, money, wife, died

4. There was a family. A friend of the father came and gave a monkey's paw as a souvenir. They could make wishes with the paw instead of losing an important thing. The son made a wish, but he died. The mother became crazy because of her son's death. She made a wish to see her son. The father made a wish to let his wife become as before. However, she said "my son is in front of th...more
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William Wymark Jacobs was an English author of short stories and novels. Quite popular in his lifetime primarily for his amusing maritime tales of life along the London docks (many of them humorous as well as sardonic in tone). Today he is best known for a few short works of horror fiction. One being "The Monkey's Paw"(published 1902). It has in its own right become a well-known and widely antholo...more
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“Neither spoke, but lat silently listening to the ticking of the clock. A stair creaked, and a squeaky mouse scurried noisily through the wall. The darkness was oppressive, and after lying for some time screwing up his courage, he took the box of matches, and striking one, went downstairs for a candle.

At the foot of the stairs the match went out, and he paused to strike another; and at the same moment a knock came so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door.

The matches fell from his hand and spilled in the passage. He stood motionless, his breath suspended until the knock was repeated. Then he turned and fled swiftly back to his room, and closed the door behind him. A third knock sounded through the house.”
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“It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled and twigs and leaves scuffled and rattled past the house. Mr and Mrs White sat in the parlour of their cosy home, in front of a blazing fire. Mr White played chess with his only son, Herbert. His wife sat in a rocking chair knitting and watching as they played.” 2 likes
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