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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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Nayra.Hassan
Apr 27, 2016 Nayra.Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تعرض معظمنا لهذا الموقف..يتم دعوتك لزفاف إحدى قريباتك بمحافظة اخرى ..وما ان تنتهي الضجة .. حتى تكتشف انك نسيت ان تاتي بكتاب وان النوم في استحالة رؤيتك للعنقاء..وكانت كاميرا الموبايل في هذا العصر خيال علمي ما بالك بالكتب المحملة بالإنترنت
..تفتح الدرج على نور ضعيف لتجد كتابا صغيرا هارد كفر..بالإنجليزية....لم اكن خبيرة بعالم الرعب كما انا الان..فانطلقت في رحلة قصيرة مدهشة مع هذا المخلب المخيف..الاماني الثلاث..وكم من اماني تمنيناها وتحققت و وددنا لو زالت من حياتنا

..الرعب كما يجب ان يكون موجز :غامض
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Fahad
Apr 12, 2013 Fahad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Marvin
Jul 12, 2012 Marvin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-fiction
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
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Amber
Mar 13, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
This was a pretty good audiobook about a monkey's paw that grants wishes and what happened when an elderly couple made their wishes on it not knowing the consequences of them. I listened to the audiobook on Gutenberg.org . Definitely check out this scary short story out for yourself.
Abdulrahman
May 02, 2015 Abdulrahman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, horror
Suspenseful atmospheric horror short story, with quality prose.
Zajafary
Oct 21, 2015 Zajafary rated it really liked it
تو چطور میتونی انقدر غمگین باشی کتاب؟ چرا انقدر فصل پنجت خوب و تلخه؟
من با خانم و آقای وایت ابراز همدردی میکنم.
Ruth
Jan 06, 2009 Ruth rated it did not like it
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Monkey's Paw (Oxford Bookworms), Diane Mowat
عنوان: پنجه میمون؛ نوشته: ویلیام وایمار جاکوبز؛ بازنویسی: دایان ماوت؛ مترجم: حبیب الله آتشی؛ اصفهان، جنگل، 1382، در 61 ص؛ شابک: 9646089853؛
Melissa
Mar 25, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
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
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Edwin Arnaudin
Oct 14, 2008 Edwin Arnaudin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
fatima pure
Dec 30, 2013 fatima pure rated it really liked it
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
Sara
Apr 10, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, e-book, 2014
"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
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Miriam
Jun 24, 2009 Miriam rated it did not like it
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
Vivian
Nov 05, 2014 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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!
Michicachan999
Nov 30, 2010 Michicachan999 rated it it was amazing
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!
Isabelle is on hiatus!
When Herbert died I was just like:

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.قصة رعب قصيرة جدا ، كانت اقتراح من الكاتب أحمد توفيق في كتاب أسطورة رعب المستنقعات ، قصة مخلب القرد وثلاثة أمنيات ، أعتقد مراجعة الأخ فهد يشرح كل القصة
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.الشئ المستفاد : احذر ماتتمني ، ولكل امنية ثمن.
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Kathy Worrell  ツ
Excellent story for October......creepy.
Nehal Gupta
Apr 21, 2015 Nehal Gupta rated it it was amazing
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W Jacobs is one of the best horror stories I’ve read in a while. It is a story which relies on a sinister and creepy setting rather than on cheap thrills and chills. It is not a story which has much violence, gore or blood; rather, the matter-of-fact way of narration sends a chill down your spine. There is not much action or drama, but the quiet, lingering narrative hooks you completely to the narrative. The story depicts how we must be careful of what we wish and how our o ...more
Soobin Park
May 23, 2014 Soobin Park rated it liked it
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
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Realini
Feb 26, 2014 Realini rated it it was amazing
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
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Bettie☯
Opening: 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 the fire.

One of those brilliant tales that had my troop of Girl Guides happily squirming at the bonfire burnt sausage
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Raven Hall
Nov 08, 2014 Raven Hall rated it it was amazing
Loved it to the core. It actually gave me chills. The whole atmosphere created in it was beautiful! a MUST READ BOOK.
Jitendra
Jul 06, 2015 Jitendra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Great story. you can call it a short horror story. short and scintillating !!!
Lilyan
May 17, 2012 Lilyan rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2014 Moe Hosokawa rated it really liked it
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
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Emily
Mar 03, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ugh, I love this story. It's just wonderful. I remember reading it several times throughout high school and loving it each time. I remember my junior year, my teacher said we'd be reading it and I realized what it was and I got excited to read it again. I need to find a copy to refresh my memory on it.
Julia
Apr 22, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it
Esto me dio a entender que si quieres algo debes luchar por ello, nadie viene fácil porque si fuera así la vida no tendría sentido.
Me preguntaron si tuviera esos tres deseos que me gustaría, la mayoría dijo que paz mundial pero un amigo dijo que la vida no tendría sentido. Otra dijo que tendría que pensarla muy bien porque la magia es engañosa y te da lo que quieres pero debes pagar un precio.
El final me dejo confundida, casi no entendí pero creo que es un final impactante que nadie espera.
SPOI
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Merary
I like how incredibly suspenseful and provoking this short story is.
It shows that you should be really, REALLY careful on what you wish for.
The Whites should have known that a long time ago.

By the way, you're a jerkass, Mr. Sergeant-Major Morris. THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!!
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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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“The other two wishes," she replied rapidly. "We've only had one."
"Was not that enough?" he demanded fiercely.
"No," she cried, triumphantly; "we'll have one more. Go down and get it quickly, and wish our boy alive again.”
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