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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 1843)
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Stephen
GOODREADS POLL QUESTIONS: What did you think of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, THE BLACK CAT?
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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
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Bookworm Sean
Dec 31, 2015 Bookworm Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, poe, horror
This depicts a man who has completely lost himself to his illness. He was once happy. He was once sane. He had a loving wife and a warm home full of pets. But, his illness took over; it sent him into fits of blind rage in which he abused that which he professed to love; he neglected his animals and beat his wife. However, for a time, he left his favourite amongst them in peace. He left his beloved black cat alone. Well, until one day where he was sent over the edge and decided to stab the poor c ...more
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Τι παραπάνω θα μπορούσα να πω για τον Poe από όσα λέει ο ίδιος στον μαύρο γάτο...

«Η διαστροφή είναι ένα από τα αρχέγονα ορμέμφυτα της ανθρώπινης καρδιάς - μια από τις πιο αδιαίρετες πρωταρχικές δυνάμεις ή συναισθήσεις, που δίνουν μια κατεύθυνση στο χαρακτήρα του ανθρώπου. Ποιος δεν έπιασε τον εαυτό του, εκατό φορές, να ’χει κάνει μια ποταπή ή ανόητη πράξη, για το μόνο λόγο πως ήξερε πως δεν έπρεπε να την κάνει; Μήπως δεν έχουμε μια αιώνια τάση, όσο κι αν είμαστε άνθρωποι με κρίση, να παραβαίνουμ
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Denisse
Sep 25, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Claudia
Dec 25, 2015 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I dont find words over this nightmare. My heart is pounding, my hands are ice-cold. I think, I need gloves. Not for the weather.....:) ...more
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
I love karma. The Black Cat is Poe at his best macabre, creepy self.



Also, don't mess with cats. They're evil.

Jim
Dec 28, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2fiction, horror, 1paper
I just read this particular short story on a Wiki site:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Sat...
& 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
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Kathryn
Jun 07, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classics, horror-read
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
Nov 04, 2015 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Brian
A sociopath struggling for normalcy balks against the love of a black cat. His urges lead him to cut out the eye and eventually hang it. In remorse he brings home another black cat with a white patch on the chest. His urges lead him to murder. Will he get away with it?

I don't recall one thing I found with a critical eye. The words pulled me into a trance of pleasure. I feel impressed. Poe may quickly make way to my favorites list. What an incredible talent!
Carol
Apr 06, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe
متن کامل داستان گربه سیاه ادگار آلن پو
گربه سیاه
عجیبترین و در عین حال ساده ترین داستانی را که هم اکنون میخواهم بنویسم، نه توقع دارم و نه تقاضا میکنم کسی باور کند. اصلا باید دیوانه باشم که چنین توقعی داشته باشم، در حالی که مشاعر شخص خود من شواهد را رد میکنن. اما، دیوانه که نیستم و بی گمان خواب هم نمیبینم. ولی فردا میمیرم و امروز میخواهم خود را سبک کنم. قصد من در حال حاضر این است که یک رشته وقایع صرف خانگی را مختصر و مفید و بدون تفسیر در برابر دید جهانیان بگذارم. این
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Ken Moten
Jul 10, 2015 Ken Moten rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Tayler Boswell
Dec 22, 2015 Tayler Boswell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Horrifying. Totally horrifying.

As a cat lover and cat mom, I squirmed and almost walked away whenever the narrator detailed his cruelty. It was a struggle to get through this one just for that reason.

But the ending made it worth. Never a better "serves you right" moment than that.
Katerina
Nov 22, 2015 Katerina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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Michaela
Oct 23, 2010 Michaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dimitris
Feb 07, 2016 Dimitris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η εν λόγω έκδοση περιέχει τέσσερα διηγήματα: Ο Μαύρος Γάτος, Μετζενγκερστάιν, Σαλταπήδας και Εσύ Είσαι ο Δολοφόνος. Εξαιρετικά και τα τέσσερα, αν και ο Μαύρος Γάτος κερδίζει στα σημεία.
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
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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Ahmet
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.
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: "
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Dejan
Feb 01, 2014 Dejan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2015 Mona M. Kayed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ⛄
Oct 05, 2013 Diane S ⛄ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carmen
Nov 20, 2008 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Agustina
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.
Andrei Tamaş
Dec 22, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Supranaturalul în habitatul lui!!! Motivul pisicii (şi negre!) în contrast cu nenorocirile naratorului.
Ceea ce am remarcat la Poe, în toate scrierile în care naratorul înfăptuieşte o crimă, e dorinţa lui de a tăia cadavrul în bucăţi şi a-l îngropa sub podea sau în perete.
Amy
Jun 19, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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