Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Burying people alive, ghosts, macabre deaths of usually delicate and young women, dark magic, effects of inebriation and hallucination, torture, whirlpools sucking people out of their time, fatal plagues, abnormal psychological states, obsessional behaviors... William Blake in prose.
If D.H. Lawrence was any close to right about his predicament I wouldn't have liked to be in Mr.Poe'...more
As the title of the book says, there are many different stories in here, and admittedly, they are not all of the same caliber. It seems that Poe generally became a better writer as he wrote more and more stuff, and I think his later work...more
The tales are all kinds of subjects, like death and the fear that precedes it, the guilt and conscience to commit a crime, and also presents some mysteries that surround hypnotism.
Poe is a masterful writer, best known for tales of terror, but it also ga...more
I now recognize his brilliance in a different way. Yes, there are the wicked, macabre tales that are classic Poe. But, he also was a maestro of sci-fi, mystery, adventure and romance. And talk about humor -- The Spectacles is now one of my favorites!
I am huge fan of Poe. And although I am only required to read three short stories of his in this anthology, I read the whole book. And boy, did that make my head hurt.
Originally I was only going to read:
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum and
The Purloined Letter
So these are the stories that I will refer to in this review.
I tend to find with Poe that I can either devour his stories in one sitting, or I struggle to so much as understand what he is trying...more
Overall a pretty good anthology that showcases most of Poe's well-known works as well as many that I had never heard of before. While I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, it is a classic and scratches a gothic...more
Wasn't expecting too much from this as I was really only reading it as I'd never read them before. People rave about him all the time so I thought I should give him a bash. Turns out they're right! The language can sometimes be a barrier and found myself re-reading parts to understand what had been said (especially with Dupin in Murder at Rue Morgue) but the horror and dreadful excitement in all of his stories transcends the difficult language and actually grips you....more
I found Poe's writing mechanical and stiff in a lot of the stories, which at times made it difficult to finish, whereas in others the story flowed easy and reminded me more of his poetry - the Poe I knew and loved.
One needs to stick it out with this particular collection, and perhaps not read them in their listed order, as I found a lot of the stories I didnt enjoy so much (such as 'A Descent i...more
C.Augustine Dupin stories are great crime stories. Timeless character,stories.
Este foi o meu primeiro contacto com o trabalho de Edgar Allan Poe, o seu talento é bastante reconhecido mundialmente, mas agora é que descobri o porquê. A forma como Poe escreve, detalhadamente, não atrapalha a leitura e contribu...more
These three stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of...more
Here, then, are 11 of the most recognised of his 66 tales, including all three Auguste Dupin stories, The Fall of the...more
Uma história de amor macabra, à boa maneira de Poe, sobre um homem que não é capaz de esquecer a sua primeira mulher.
A Queda da Casa de Usher (4/5)
Uma casa assombrada pela estranha relação de dois irmãos. É admirável a forma como Poe descreve a casa, quase como se a usasse, subtilmente, como uma espécie de p...more
As a 'collected works' volume, any rating or review would apply to Edgar Allen Poe's short fiction and poetry as a whole, and given that the oeuvre has some ups and downs, this is likely to end up either deceptive or a bit vague.
That said, he clearly has a knack for short fiction, and a deft hand with macabre or grotesque subject matter. His use of language is harder to judge, given that to a modern reader the simple fact that his style is centuries old is likely to give his work a distinctive,...more
Dos 15 contos do meu livro, os que mais me fascinaram foram O Coração Delator, O Gato Preto e Berenice. Acho que a obsessão doentia e louca dos narradores dos contos e a sua inteligência foi o que mais me cativou, assim como o suspense e o cálculo cuidado de todos os pensamentos e ideias do autor ao desenvolver estes "relatos". O Poço e o Pêndulo é diferente dos anteriores, no que diz respeito a um narrador assassino e obcecado, mas igualmente um favorito meu, por revelar a capacid...more
Esta historia, un tanto humorística, nos cuenta sobre Simpson, un hombre con problemas de visión que se resiste a usa...more