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The Domain Of Arnheim

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Suspense, fear and the supernatural provide the center for this tale by the master prose writer.
Published (first published January 15th 1846)
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Lee
Jun 22, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
Read this thanks to two mentions by Julien Gracq in two books, A Balcony in the Forest and The Shape of a City -- also because the great writer in Musil's A Man Without Qualities is named Paul Arnheim and this must be its provenance. The description mentions suspense, fear, and the supernatural -- there's some suspense and mention of suspended minarets (they're not necessarily supernaturally floating) but there's certainly nothing to fear here, despite maybe minor Gothic undertones re: death. ...more
Shelley
Oct 29, 2009 Shelley rated it did not like it
Did not see the point of it. Maybe I really missed the point but I thought it was boring and pointless. Maybe he was just brainstorming and kind of left off without finishing? I don't know. Yawn!!!
Abby
Oct 04, 2014 Abby rated it it was ok
I always get lost in Poe when he doesn't really have a macabre theme to his stories. I am not sure what this says about my attention level...
zeez
Dec 12, 2012 zeez rated it did not like it
Okay, This was definitely the worst I've read by Poe, Other than the rich writing I didn't find anything special about it, It made me feel dull while reading!! :/
Ebster Davis
Aug 05, 2015 Ebster Davis rated it really liked it
The narrator says he's not trying to write an essay on "How to be Happy" but I kind of feel that's exactly what this story is about.

It wouldn't have been really great, except that I believe very strongly in Ellison's "Conditions of Bliss":

1) Free exercise in the open air
2) Love of woman ('xcept I am a straight female, but okey...)
3) Contempt of ambition
4) Have "an object of unceasing pursuit" (aka. A dream)


Most of the story has to do with Ellison pursuing his dream of building/finding the perfe
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Natalie
Aug 23, 2016 Natalie rated it did not like it
Here's the story,
Of a guy named Ellison
Who was busy taming nature to his will
All his plans were weird and wild
Oh that, Ellison,
He's a spoiled child.

It's the story
Of that crazy Ellison,
Who was bringing all his plans into the light
Ellison thought that he was so brilliant
Yet he was just so dumb

Then that one day came Poe had to write a story
And he thought it was much better than it was
He thought these words
Would somehow form a story
But it turns out this one is a great big dud.
A great big dud.
A gre
...more
Susan
Jan 03, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blah-blah-blah. It'd be beautiful and poetic and all that if all the beauty and poeticness didn't get lost in the torrents of superfluous ornaments.
Eduard
Read as part of the volume Edgar Allan Poe Complete Tales and Poems.

Other than the accustomed excellent writing of Poe, this short story offers nothing particularly memorable.
Neelam Babul
Apr 06, 2016 Neelam Babul rated it it was ok
This was an okay read not as appealing as other stories by the author. It was more of an essay on being happy.

It failed to grab my attention.
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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 hundreds of ...more
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“He admitted but four elementary principles, or more strictly, conditions of bliss. That which he considered chief was (strange to say!) the simple and purely physical one of free exercise in the open air. "The health," he said, "attainable by other means is scarcely worth the name." He instanced the ecstasies of the fox hunter, and pointed to the tillers of the earth, the only people who, as a class, can be fairly considered happier than others. His second condition was love of woman. His third, and most difficult of realization, was the contempt of ambition. His fourth was an object of unceasing pursuit; and he held that, other things being equal, the extent of attainable happiness was in proportion to the spirituality of this object.” 2 likes
“Les quatre conditions élémentaires du bonheur sont : la vie en plein air, l'amour d'une femme, le détachement de toute ambition et la création d'un Beau nouveau.” 1 likes
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