Pym: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket/An Antarctic Mystery
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Pym: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket/An Antarctic Mystery

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Pym brings together two classic novels: first, Edgar Allan Poe's polar adventure, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, and then Jules Verne's sequel, An Antarctic Mystery. These stories are part nautical adventure, and part "lost race" mystery. (The original sketched figures are included in Poe's novel, which are missing from some recent reprints.)
Paperback, 412 pages
Published August 22nd 2008 by Coachwhip Publications (first published 1837)
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Dear The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym,

I love you. I hate you. You confuse me because you evoke within me such conflicting emotions. The truth? I really got into a relationship with you because I thought that you would be a straight-up maritime adventure novel a la "Master and Commander." I heard you inspired Herman Melville when he was writing Moby Dick. That's what I was looking for. What I got was... well, what are you, Arthur?

Here's the thing, Gordy: you were always good as an adventure n...more
Le tengo que dar las cinco estrellas a Poe, pese a la jugada del final. El libro es una pasada, todas las partes, salvo la central con el capitán Guy, son sublimes, con una acción trepidante y una sensación de peligro siempre flotando en el ambiente, que hacen que no puedas dejar de leer. De verdad que he disfrutado como un niño bajo una sabana y una linterna leyendo este libro, imprescindible.
There is something in the reader in me that constantly drives to seek out the unusual and inexplicable. Authors who try to achieve this effect deliberately are always a bore, for the same reason that a man who wears a tophat as an affectation is always infinitely dull compared to the man who wears one unselfconsciously. Iconoclasm may owe its birth to the need for difference, but any iconoclast who fails to find a deeper inspiration is a rudderless rebel.

Difference is not, in itself, interesting...more
Surprisingly, this is Poe's most compulsively readable work, and I would have given it five stars, except for the lack of an ending, moments of sheer unbelievability, and the occasional ultra-boring chapter describing various animals or islands. As far as the ending goes, apparently Jules Verne wrote a sequel, so I will be able to have closure on the story eventually. This may not be one of Poe's most artistic works, but I found it to be his most suspenseful story, ironically despite its being a...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 06, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who enjoy Poe's writing and love classic adventure
Being a fan of Poe's tales, I decided to experience his only novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" written in 1838.
In classic Poe style of course it was quite interesting and enjoyable, on many an occasion I felt I was actually with Pym experiencing the adventures. The tale is about the young Arthur Gordon Pym who stows away aboard a whaling ship called Grampus. Pym experiences a series of adventures including shipwreck, mutiny, and cannibalism. He is eventually rescued by the...more
Miquel Codony
La mayor parte del libro es absolutamente brutal y perfecta, imposible mejorarla. El tramo final, a pesar de ser apasionante, tiene algunos problemas de ritmo (malditos infodumps) que se notan aún más después de la maravilla (el horror, según se mire) que lo precede, y por eso le escatimo una estrella. He leído quejas del final. A mi me gusta lo enigmático que resulta... por más que maldiga a Poe por no seguir explicando las aventuras de Arthur...

Este libro es una joya.
I read The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym for the first time when I was nine years old, after receiving a volume of the Complete Edgar Allen Poe as a gift. While I devoured the short stories and the poetry multiple times, this, Poe's only novel, was read by me once, and I'm not even able to remember if I finished it. I picked this up to read in preparation to read Mat Johnson's satire, Pym (excellent, 5 stars btw.) Man, did I ever hate this. It was so excruciating to read, whether by design (to...more
Kori Klinzing
I cannot believe that Jules Verne was inspired by this nonsense. I am very rarely tempted to put a book down before finishing this, but several times throughout the novel I just didn't know how I would go on. There were painful page-long descriptions on boats and sailing, which, as the main character wasn't really a professional sailor and seemed completely inept in the first bit of the story, seemed completely implausible, and only served to distract from the only good part of the novel: the ad...more
Ben Loory
a man is involved in a terrible boating accident and as a result conceives of a great desire to go to sea. this one of the strangest books i've ever read-- a nightmare in the form of an adventure novel, where life and death are consistently confused, everyone appears to be sleep-walking, and the author seems bored out of his feverish mind. it's got some great imagery and a fantastic ending... plenty of mystery... but no drama or tension. an aura of great meaning all the way through, though... yo...more
Jay Daze
Mr. Poe is definitely messing with us on this one. It just gets odder and odder: cannibalism (don't pick the short splinter), racism (an evil black cook and the treacherous natives), and gotta have some being buried alive (twice if you include being trapped below decks). Some of the aping of explorers journals gets tired and a couple of the chapters are just non-fiction essay (which may be trickily mucked up by Poe, but I don't have the heart to check them). He may be using the forms of adventur...more
Not too bad. Just a bit confusing. The ending is very strange and blurry. I'm not too sure what Poe was trying to accomplish with this novel because it felt very unfinished. The adventure scenes were pretty exhilarating though. About 60% of it was fun to read.
This would have recieved more Stars had the whole style of the book been more in the vein of Jules Vernes section of the book.
From what I understand this is the only 'novel' by Edgar Allen Poe though in respects of the version I have(an older copy not pictured)it would be more a Novella being 70 pages only.
The Poe story was largely dismissed by the author later on although has been attributed as being of interest to Herman Melville and undoubtably Jules Verne who provides the second part/sequel...more
O primeiro livro de Edgar Allan Poe que eu leio!
E para primeiro aqui está um que já ficou nos meus favoritos. Este livro é extremamente interessante, com um final surpreendente e nada, nada, esperado...completamente "surreal".

Este livro conta as aventuras de Gordon Pym, um jovem rapaz. O livro é contado por Pym, posteriormente à aventura que viveu no mar. Ou seja, a aventura começou no ano de 1827 e o relato é feito em 1838.

Neste relato, Pym conta como começou as suas aventuras. Fala da amiza...more
Poe's only novel, this is a unique mix of seafaring adventures & misadventures (many to the point of horror), travel narrative/diary with the sort of flora/fauna/navigational notations that were popular on exploration trips of the day, fantastical locations/peoples/creatures, allegory, allusions, & a very strange, abrupt ending, all built on Poe's special scaffolding of creeping dread. Though I've read conflicting reviews on this book (& I agree that parts of it are uneven), there is...more
Patrick McCoy
I was inspired to read Edgar Allan Poe's lone novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Paul Theroux's description of it in The Old Patagonia Express. He called it the most frightening book he had ever read and later when he met Jorge Luis Borges in Argentina, Borges called it Poe's greatest work. I'm not sure I would go as far as either of those writers, but it was an entertaining read. It was chock full of disaster: mutiny, castaways, cannibalism, and murderous blood-thirsty natives. I reall...more
An adventure story. A work filled with all kinds of symbolism and allegory. An inspiration for writers like Melville (so many elements in this work are similar to Melville's Moby Dick -- the closeness of the sailors sharing the same bed, the whaling voyage, etc. -- and even "Benito Cereno" with its racist elements -- the villainous black cook and the barbarous dark-skinned natives) and Jules Verne. Several stories in one (the second, dealing with the perilous [mis]adventures on the whaling ship,...more
Edgar Allan Poe fue uno de mis padres literarios. Junto a Arthur Conan Doyle y H.P. Lovecraft, hizo que empezase a amar la letra impresa. Este libro de Poe no me ha gustado nada. Tal vez sea por la malísima traducción. Tengo una edición tan mala que no aparece ni el nombre del traductor. No exagero, hay frases que parecen trabalenguas. Lo he terminado por orgullo y como homenaje al 200 aniversario del nacimiento de este genio indiscutible.

La trama es sencilla, un joven, Arthur, que junto a su am...more
As I was reading this book, I first thought I would give it two stars, then three, and finally four. It does not have the perfection of Poe's short stories, but it was a compelling read with moments of absolute brilliance. I was surprised by the humor in the book--leave it to Poe to make cannibalism funny and ironic. It is a gruesome book in parts, but it is also beautiful. The writing in the last chapter earned its 4th star. There is so much to say about this book,and it can be read on so many...more
Rex Snyder
Poe writes well & always has some interesting things in his stories. This one is too complex and not very direct. The ending is unusual and quite unique, but leaves one wondering if he had any original direction for it in the first place. In fact, the ending and the complexity leave me wondering if the whole story is just a rambling adventure with no end in sight. It is easy to see the influence this story had on H. P. Lovecraft's, At The Mountains of Madness. While this story is easy to rea...more
Роман Евлоев
Здравствуйте, друзья!
«Повесть о приключениях Артура Гордона Пима» -самое неоднозначное произведение Эдгара Аллана По. Можно долго рассуждать о внутренних противоречиях этого романа: о неоднородности структуры, противопоставлении реалистической и фантастической фабул, о разночтениях авторских метафор и толковании символизма белого цвета в жизни и творчестве автора…

Можно спорить о десятке других аспектов «Повести», но, честно говоря, мне слегка неуютно выходить на поле, где уже играли такие гигант...more
Non si ha idea dell'et�� di Gordon. Questo ragazzino che vaga per il mari del sud per�� �� davvero intraprendente! ���Sentire parlare tra i banchi del romanticismo europeo non ha nulla a che fare con il leggere proprio quelle opere. ���"A questo punto tutta la ferocia di una tigre mi invase il cuore e provai per Parker, il mio povero compagno e mio simile, il pi�� intenso e diabolico odio. Ma fu il sentimento di un minuto, quindi chiusi gli occhi e preso da un tremito convulso gli tesi il pugno...more
This was *almost* like nothing else I've read. I say almost because in hindsight it is clear that a *lot* of stuff I've read was very heavily influenced by this strange, gory, pedantic, surreal narrative. Without "Pym" we would probably not have "Moby Dick," "At the mountains of madness," or a number of Borges' stories... not to mention a vast number of pulp "weird tales" that take cues from this. Many other authors have of course used the unreliable narrator/fiction presented as factual memoir...more
I bought an older copy of this book and I have to say it wasn't what I was expecting. The title page for the book only gives part of the title. I was mislead to believe this was going to be a macabre tale. To my surprise, and liking, it turned out to be an adventure story! I couldn't put it down!
I loved this book for the first 1/4 or so, then I wearied of Poe's/Pym's encyclopedic detailing of ships and seas. Part of me wants to blame myself and my TV-induced short attention span. Part of me wants to blame Poe for writing three pages to describe something that could have been handled in a sentence or two.

I wanted Pym dead. Spoilers, I was very happy that the story remained unfinished due to the death of Pym. Nice touch, Poe. There are some interesting elements to the way in which Poe pre...more
Интересна приключенска книга. Не мислех, че ще ми хареса, тъй като става въпрос за морски авантюри, но бях приятно изненадана.
Първата половина на книгата беше особено разтърсваща. Описват се случки, доста невъзможни (както е заявено и в самото начало), но така разказани, че просто си го представяш и не задаваш въпроси.
Втората половина не ми хареса толкова, тъй като имаше тегави описания на флора, фауна и разни експедиции. Самото развитие на случките също не ми беше много ясно (по-точно местополо...more
Flawed in several ways. Poe was wise to stick with poetry and short stories as his only novel is truly not up to his usual standards.
Leonard Pierce
Poe's longest sustained narrative, and it's a very very weird one -- a strange blend of Melville and Lovecraft.
One of my favorite works by Edgar A. as well as one of my favorite books ever. Never did I read anything near as haunting as this tale. A bizarre send-up of 19th century "exotic travel literature" that gets progressively weird and ominous with every page until it becomes downright apocalyptic by the end. And what an ending it is!

It seems people get torn between loving it or hating it. Myself? There's nothing inherently wrong with a "non-ending", if you can pull it right. Which I think Poe does w...more
"El relato de Arthur Gordon Pym tiene la peculiaridad de ser la única novela escrita por Edgar Allan Poe. Y es, se ha de añadir también, una novela extraña, envuelta en cierto misterio. Echando la vista hacia atrás, parece como si su doloroso parto prefigurara el curioso enigma encerrado en sus más de doscientas páginas. Poe nos ofrece un texto quebrado y roto por las guías que precisamente deberían contenerlo y fijarlo: el prefacio y la nota final...more
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