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The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  12 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.
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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
Peter Labrow
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
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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Yasmin
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
Fille Fleur
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
Yuna Tatsuoka
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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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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
Loved this book. So dark.
Michela
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.
Yoichi Takihana


It took 58 minutes to finish this book.
7words: prison terror awake dream met woman
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1.Have you ever seen terrible dream?
2.If you met dead person, what would you do?
Leonsky Grange
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 hundr ...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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