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El gato negro

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Uno de los rasgos característicos de Edgar Allan Poe en su tratamiento del terror consiste en la mezcla de elementos terroríficos en sí mismos con otros que producen el mismo efecto por vía indirecta. En los doce relatos que integran este volumen -entre los que se encuentran algunos de sus cuentos más memorables- puede advertirse todo el arco de posibilidades y modos que t ...more
Paperback, Tus Libros-Selección, 224 pages
Published June 2001 by Anaya (first published January 1st 1842)
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GOODREADS POLL QUESTIONS: What did you think of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, THE BLACK CAT?

OUCH....well I didn’t hate this anti black cat hit piece as much as the unbiased poll respondents did, but I didn’t really like it either. Of course, as a member of the GLASS Association (Get Lousy Drunk and Sing Showtunes), I will say that I found the negative portrayal of excess alcohol consumption to be both misleading and offensive and may have allowed that anger to color my opi
An excellent short and macabre story about a human insane state.

Termine Notre Dame de Paris como a la8:00 de la noche y como estaba lloviendo casi diluviando se fue la luz, no tenia casi batería en el celular así que no lo toque porque lo ocupo para el despertador por lo tanto agarre la primera historia corta de las Obras Completas gratis para Kindle de Poe que me encontré. Y aquí estoy. :D

Muy interesante el aura de desesperación que se maneja. Muy buen relato con un gran final. Esero leer más d
I just read this particular short story on a Wiki site:
& found it truly gruesome. I can understand why some might not connect with it. Poe's tale of a descent into madness & violence is somewhat illogical for the normal person, but for the addict or alcoholic... well, he describes it perfectly - unsurprising when you consider his history of abuse. I believe he poured his soul into the telling.

The man's brief description of his prior life told me t
Poe is a literary genius. Maybe I am just a sucker for titles dealing with cats. But, Poe is famous for a reason. As much as I say Stephen King is the master of horror....I have to say, Poe is the original horror master. Such a creative mind, beautiful words and prose.
Althea Ann
I think I might have to give this one the Most Unpleasant Narrator of All Time award.

It's true, animal abusers tend to be psychopaths.

Here, Poe gives us a disturbing glimpse into the mind of a man who shows no remorse for his deeds and is eager to blame outside factors for his own decisions. The story, published in 1843, still has the ability to shock, even today.
Holy Cat-Paws! What Madness! Undeniably an appalling HORROR of a short story by the great Poe. (great illustrations to set the tone too, but unable to locate my edition on GR)
Sidharth Vardhan
One of best Poe I have read this far. This one was like 'Tell-tale heart' showing the working of a mind that has grown paranoid, sadist and incapable of thinking properly; all because of excessively drinking (kind of like that guy in 'Shining'). The black cat just happens to be the object that attracts his fear, probably because of mysticism attached to it and what he did to it; but it could have been anything. It is kind of why I like Poe, he can create a Gothic environment without needing ghos ...more
Ken Moten
Jul 10, 2015 Ken Moten rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poe lovers, cat lovers
Recommended to Ken by: 11th Grade English class
This is a story about THE CAT FROM HELLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!
Actually no.

This short story is actually about a man not controlling his impulses very well (a common Poe theme/character trait) and a cat that refused to let him get away with that fact. This story is very interesting to me because it leaves things open to interpretation (unless I'm missing something) as to whether events are supernatural or if the protagonist is simply insane. Like The Raven we have an animal that is obviousl
Funny story, really.

There I was two days ago, thinking that I better read something that is not part of my course's core reading. The black cat, I though; short, simple and will not take more than 15 minuets of my precious study-time-time. Wrong.

Absolutely haunting short story. The protagonist and narrator is an animal loving, kind, sympathetic and caring man; the sort I would fall face down for IF he EXISTED out there in real life. What happens? He turns in to an alcoholic bastard; mistreating
Ugh, this is the second time I read this story. I feel the horror just like i did the first time that was when in high school i was learning English. At that time i read an easier writing of the story. I never anticipated the beauty of the writing style, then. This is a well written, horrifying short story everyone should read at least once.
What a disappointing little story.

I was expecting a lot from this- Poe managed to make nightmare fuel out of a simple raven, so what terrific terrors might he concoct of a black cat, which already has a weight of lore and superstition behind it?

Well, sadly, The Black Cat really isn't about a black cat. It's mostly about the narrator/protagonist (unnamed, as always), who also happens to be the most unsavoury character I have ever read about in a short story. Because not only is he evil- the man k
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Amanda L
An immaculate though hard to swallow vignette of the power of one's guilt to gradually degrade character as a natural means for assuaging that guilt. By this process the good in a person is replaced by evil, the guilt is therefore less acutely felt, and living free from suffering seems within reach. The desire to live without the torment of guilt colludes with each increasingly perverse act that is committed and creates a vicious cycle.

At his most heinous, the protagonist finds he is content: "
Perfectly eerie and dark. The -allegedly- once friendly and loving narrator describes his decline into a wretched and hurtful human being, all due to alcohol abuse. In a way, he tries to justify his actions by appealing to an inherent primitive impulse residing in every person and later also blaming his cat, Pluto, which he eventually kills. However, the fault is his own – the malicious desires were too ravaging to suppress, and ultimately won over. Although he occasionally shows signs of remors ...more
Mona M. Kayed
يُصنف الكاتب إدجار ألان بو على أنه كاتب الرعب الأشهر (في العالم العربي على الأقل) ، شخصياً أظن أن هذا التصنيف ظلمه كثيراً ، فما قرأته لم يكن رعباً بقدر ما كان واقعية مخيفة تغوص بك في مجاهل النفس البشرية، ذلك الجانب المظلم من الإنسان الذي يتجاهله الجميع بالرغم من وجوده لدينا جميعاً .

تعبيرات الكاتب صريحة و مباشرة، قد تشكّل صدمة لدى القارئ لكنها حقيقية و موجودة ، مثال ذلك ما ورد في قصة الموت الأحمر حين وصف الكاتب أعراض المرض الذي يؤدي إلى الموت ، قال : يترك (أي المرض) بقعاً حمراء على وجه المريض مم
Liz* Fashionably Late

"Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?"

That's a good question.
Diane S ❄
A short story that is very representative of the darkness of Poe's writing. Drink turns a once loving and compassionate man into a monster. A story of cruelty and revenge with wonderfully descriptive writing and some very startling moments. I have not read Poe in a while but he writes some wonderful stories and it is almost Halloween. The perfect time for creepiness.
I was like 7 years old when I Read this book... I had nightmares every night. It's not like a scary movie, it won't make you scream, but it keeps on your mind forever. It's not a book you can easily forget.
Estoy segura de que en algún punto de mi infancia leí este libro en el colegio y estoy segura de que lo hice con el mismo horror del que lo hice hoy.
Todavía no sé si decir si el libro me gusto o lo odie, pero creo que las 3 estrellas se las merece; hay algo placentero en leer una historia tan morbosa como ésta aunque al mismo tiempo es terrible admirar eso, pero así es. Tal vez le de mas oportunidades a Poe, está bueno cada tanto cambiar el estilo de lectura.
I've had cats, I've had black cats. I love black cats the best. The way that the people and animals in this story were abused and murdered made me extremely uncomfortable. Yes, the violence was awful, and it probably does offend today's sensibilities. However, I was also uncomfortable because the narrator had once loved his pets and then became unhinged and tormented by their very presence, to the point that he was driven to murder. It really takes so little to drive us from love and adoration t ...more
أروى الشاهين
قرأت نسخةً مترجمة للعربية, إلكترونية و لا بأس بالترجمة, تكفي لأن تظهر أسلوب و مبتغى إدغار آلان بو و مراده من القصة ..
بدت طبيعة الروح الكتابية و القصصية عند إدغار في قصة القط الأسود : بروحٍ خيالية ميتافيزقية تشوبها السوداوية المعهودة عنه ..
يحكي فيها شخصاً كان يحب إقتناء الحيوانات الأليفة و المنزلية, و ما عُهد عنه أنه نشأ بطبيعة حساسة و مرهفة للغاية
لدرجة أنه كان مثار سخرية و تندّر من أصدقائه بإفراطه الشعور نحو حيوانات منزلية و قضائه أغلب وقته معها.
فجأةً يطرأ أمر ما بعد مرور سنين , و نتيجة إدمانه ا
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Glad to see this story is still upsetting readers today. The narrator makes it sound like he had lost all control due to alcohol but all through the story I feel that he is insane from the beginning. He is seemingly honest about his behavior and full of empathy but it seems that psychotic nature is always there beneath the surface. You do not start abusing animals after getting drunk unless there is something already amiss. The narrator doesn't seem to understand that at all. He see's the second ...more
Raeden Zen
"Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?"

The dangers of alcoholism combine with the macabre in this chilling tale about a man who loses his perception of reality and commits atrocious crimes in the process.

The bottom line: right up there with "The Pit and
Edgar Allan Poe has done it again! With yet another tale that's leaving me awestruck at how the plot unfolds meanwhile reminding me of The Tell-Tale Heart with just its starting paragraph.
Yet, mad am I not - and very surely do I not dream. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul.

Told to us on the eve of narrator's death, this is a short story of a man who changed himself, who became a different person, under the effects of alcolhism. He commits some heinous acts, and doesn't
Jim Ef
Είναι λεπτή η γραμμή ανάμεσα στην αγάπη και το μίσος

Στην κλασσική ιστορία του Πόε, η αγάπη προς ένα ζώο εξελίσσεται σταδιακά σε μίσος το οποίο καταλήγει σε φόνο. Το παράδοξο της ιστορίας είναι, πώς ο πρωταγωνιστής αφού σκοτώσει με βίαιο τρόπο την άμοιρη γάτα, ψάχνει να βρει μια άλλη για να καλύψει το κενό. Φυσικά όπως και την πρώτη φορά η αρχική συμπάθεια καταλήγει σε ανεξήγητο μίσος, αλλά αυτή τη φορά θύμα του δεν θα είναι η γάτα αλλά η γυναίκα του. Με εγκληματική σκέψη θα καλύψει τα ίχνη του,
Chiara Pagliochini
« And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS. Of this spirit philosophy takes no account. Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart - one of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of Man. Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? ...more
كان اول تعارف بيني وبين إدجار آلان بو من خلال (أسطورة بو) بقلم الكاتب الجميل د. أحمد خالد توفيق ... وفي هذا العدد من سلسلته الشهيرة (ما وراء الطبيعة) قام بنسج مجموعة من حكايات بو في سياق مغامرات بطل القصة بطريقة بديعة فعرفنا كل الأفكار الرئيسية لتلك القصص بأسلوب رائع وفيه تمكن وحرفية

أدى ذلك لأن أبحث بنفسي عن بو وكتاباته وبالفعل تحصلت على كتاب له بالإنجليزيةالصعبة قليلا وكان يضم معلومات عن حياة بو، والكثير من أشعاره، وعدد كبير من القصص القصيرة.. وعلى الرغم من صعوبة المفردات إلا أنني استمتعت بتلك
C. Maria
A true disturbing story. It made me cringe a few times, but it is still amazing written. But I had some problems with it and this is just me. I can read about murder and blood, but I just can't read about animal cruelty in any context it doesn't matter I don't like it and it makes me angry and sad.
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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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