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The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  500 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
This award-winning collection of adapted classic literature and original stories develops reading skills for low-beginning through advanced students.
Accessible language and carefully controlled vocabulary build students' reading confidence.
Introductions at the beginning of each story, illustrations throughout, and glossaries help build comprehension.
Before, during, and
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Paperback, Oxford Bookworms Library New Edition: Stage 2: 700 Headwords: , 56 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1st 1845)
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Preferring to retain my childhood memory of enthralled terror I refuse to re-read this. As a little girl my parents gave me a boxed set of classics for Christmas one year, Heidi, Black Beauty, books of that ilk, can't remember the others but I sure remember this one! They were bound in what appeared to be red leather & gold embossed, I felt very privileged & grown up. Honestly, I don't believe I'll ever be as thrilled with any gift again. I was very young, perhaps 10 or 11 at the time. H ...more
Jana
Dec 29, 2015 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Napostá klasika a záruka kvality.
Peter Labrow
Feb 25, 2011 Peter Labrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t often listen to audiobooks – I hate abridged content with a vengeance and I find that narrators want to showcase themselves and not the story. Not so with this audiobook.

And Poe – goodness, that’s hallowed ground. Poe is one of my favourite authors and, over one hundred and fifty years after his death, his style of writing can easily come across as hammy and pseudo-gothic in the wrong hands.

Add to that the choice of narrator – David Soul? Surely he’s a bit, well, lightweight?

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Hiroki Yasui
Nov 05, 2014 Hiroki Yasui rated it really liked it
1,The pit and the pendulum 2,Chemical secret
11/5 (35minutes, 2=50 minutes

Tomb, pit, pendulum, prison, death, ceiling, scream

" Come! Cut me! Be quick, give me death!! "

All of stories were gloomy. In the first story, a man was in a tomb and wandered. A man didn't know he is alive or dead, and that is real or dream. However, in my thought, he was dead, and he was in the hell. As you can see from some pictures, that tomb cam be seen like a hell. It is said that after we are died, we will go to the
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Rebekah
Mar 20, 2016 Rebekah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I still don't hate you, EAP.
gauldy
Feb 04, 2013 gauldy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poe je pro mě jedním velkým nepříjemným překvapením.
Nečekal jsem avizované horory (dá se u čtení bát? To člověk asi musí mít hodně divokou fantazii, nemusí?), víme jak to před sto léty chodilo, ale to, čeho se mi dostalo...

"Když jsem se jednou vnoci vracel značně opilý zjedné zmých
oblíbených putyk kdesi ve městě, vzal jsem si do hlavy, že se mi kocour
schválně vyhýbá. Popadl jsem ho aon ze strachu, že mu ublížím, se
mi lehce zahryzl do ruky. Okamžitě mne posedl ďábelský vztek. Vtu
chvíli jsem nevěd
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Yasmin
Oct 03, 2012 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though these are the short stories of Edgar Allen Poe they are quite enjoyable. Although having seen first movies that were supposedly based on Edgar Allen Poe and all they managed to convey to me was that the books must have been more creepy and disturbing than the films. As it turned out that was not the case at all. At most the stories could be called mildly bizarre in the fact that the story lines are different to others of their time. However, the story The Pit and the Pendulum did manage t ...more
Nhi Nguyễn
Reading this book again and I have to give it 4 stars this time, because now I realized how good they really are. The way each story ends just feels like the author tried his best to capture the horror, chill and scary moments, keeping them there in the last lines. Really impressive!
Francesca
Poe non mi ha convinto del tutto, sarò sincera. La prosa è buona, gli elementi horror e soprannaturali ci sono e sono anche ben resi, eppure, non tutti i racconti mi hanno convinto, perchè li ho trovati inconcludenti. In alcuni casi sembra di avere a che fare con ottime descrizioni di scene horror un po' fini a se stesse. A volte non conosciamo il background dei personaggi, altre volte non capiamo perchè compiano quell'azione, altre volte il finale è così netto da lasciarti un po' così. Un effet ...more
Manuela Cavallaro
Ottima raccolta che ci fa immergere nelle pozze più profonde e stagnanti dell'animo umano. La crudeltà e il senso di colpa sono temi portanti, ma non a scopo didattico. Non c'è, infatti, neanche la parvenza di moralità in ogni racconto, nessuna giustificazione. La cattiveria umana è del tutto gratuita e immotivata...ed è proprio questa la parte più agghiacciante!
Non do 5/5 perché non tutti i racconti sono dello stesso livello.
Rita
Nov 03, 2015 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nadie narra los cuentos de terror como Poe. Nadie. Siempre es bueno aprovechar la noche de animas para leer dos o 3 cuentos de este maestro.
Yuna Tatsuoka
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12/18=40 minutes 12/19=40 minutes

7 words summary: terro, deathe, herat, darkness, stories, fear and bad dream

disccsion question:
1, if you were in the dark square room and you could not see anything, what dou you feel?
- I wii be affraid and be mad.
2, have you ever dreamed a bad dream?
- yes. when I was a high school student, I dreamed that I fell the entrance examination for a university. then I was very sad.

this book has a few storie. they were v
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Mio Takasaki
1. OXFORD&2
2. 05/14=10minutes,05/15=10minutes, 05/17=80minutes
3.darkness, terror, party, noises, fear, coffin, portrait
4.a. This story's situation was a prison. You heard some strange voice from this prison. The person who was in the prison became frightened all the time.
b. My favorite passage was that the person fell senseless because a new incident started after that.
5. This story was so scary and difficult for me. This story was also written about history of Europe. I felt like a reality.
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Colleen
Some of these stories are classics and some I had never read before. What a macabre and clever imagination Poe had. I loved the grim, mysterious watercolor illustrations and explanatory notes that accompanied the story. The Tell-Tale Heart is still probably my favorite but I enjoyed The Gold-Bug, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Now I know where the orangutan comes from in the book Borges and the Eternal Orangutan!) I struggled understanding some of the endings. I thi ...more
Mariana
Sep 29, 2014 Mariana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Loved this book. So dark.
Catharina
Some of them I liked a lot, some of them I didn't like at all, which is maybe the problem with reading a collection of one author's short stories. Also, I was slightly annoyed with Poe's "it was a family with rich fantasy and imagination...", since he kept repeating it in about every story he described a family. Ugh, at some point I just wanted to scream "Use something else!"
But I really liked "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Black Cat" and also the one with Orangutan as a murder.
Alex Devero
Nov 03, 2015 Alex Devero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beletery
Výborné čtení, obzvlášť před spaním :-). E. A. Poe je klasika, která nezklame.
Michela
Apr 28, 2016 Michela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, horror, tales, gothic, 800s
Un racconto tira l'altro. Il genio di Poe si ben manifesta in questa raccolta di racconti, alcuni di rapido intrigo, altri di più lenta digestione.
Il mio preferito è "Una discesa nel Maelstrom" per la dettagliata descrizione e per l'orrore crescente che non sembra avere - come il maelstrom stesso - fine.
Ewril Christinne
Konečně dočtený. Pokud mi ještě někdo bude tvrdit, že jsou to hororové povídky, tak mu tu knihu omlátím o hlavu. Nejsou. Takže povinná četbo mám tě konečně za sebou, a jdu se vrhnout na něco, co chci číst konečně já.
Jaroslav Petřík
Některé povídky (Černý kocour) se mi líbily a hltal jsem je na jeden dech, jiné jsem četl dny nebo je dokonce po pár stránkách úplně přeskočil.
Poe ale nezklamal a už se těším na Zánik domu Usherů.
Katerina
Sep 12, 2011 Katerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miluju jeho povídky o temných zákoutích lidské duše, zvráceném jednání postrádajícím logiku... Podle Poea je tou nejděsivější bytostí na světě právě člověk samotný. Hm, něco na tom bude.
Leonsky Grange
Jul 25, 2011 Leonsky Grange rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the first Edgar Allen Poe works I read.
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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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“At length for my seared and writhing body there was no longer an inch of foothold on the firm floor of the prison. I struggled no more, but the agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long, and final scream of despair. I felt that I tottered upon the brink -- I averted my eyes --” 3 likes
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