Алтан цох
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Алтан цох

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Los tres relatos pertenecen a lo más consagrado de la obra de Poe en cuanto al género policial. Cada uno plantea un misterio fascinante. que el frío razonamiento de los respectivos investigadores terminará por dilucidar.
Paperback, 2, 48 pages
Published 2011 by Monsudar (first published September 13th 1842)
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Exina
The Gold Bug tells the adventure of Mr. William Legrand, a recluse and entomologist, who finds a gold bug which eventually leads him to a buried treasure of pirates.


He had hunted down and secured, with Jupiter's assistance, a scarabaeus which he believed to be totally new, but in respect to which he wished to have my opinion on the morrow.
"And why not tonight?" I asked, rubbing my hands over the blaze, and wishing the whole tribe of scarabaei at the devil.

The narrator is very skeptical, and do...more
حسام عادل
قصة ممتعة وشائقة جداً,بها من المفردات التى أحبها ما جعلتها تحتل مكاناً مميزاً فى مكتبتي:الغموض والتشويق وبعض الرعب,رحلة بحث عن كنز قديم مدفون,شفرة ورسالة غامضة وصور لجماجم ورموز غريبة.
لن أحرق لك الأحداث فهي جديرة بالقراءة وتمتعك الكامل بها بدون كثير شرح أو ثرثرة.
قضيت معها وقتاً ممتعاً حقاً برغم أنها إحدى الأعمال القليلة التى قرأتها مرتين متتاليتين,قرأتها بالإنجليزية أولاً تحسيناً للغتي التى مازالت تحبو من ناحية,وتعرفّاً فى نفس الوقت - كما فعلت مع قصص شيرلوك هولمز - على بو وأعماله بلغته الأصلية;ق...more
Pam
I first read The Gold Bug several years ago, when I was only about ten years old, maybe even younger. I remember making -- or more accurately, trying to make -- my own treasure map and riddle after I finished it. At that time, I didn't know who Edgar Allan Poe was, but I decided after reading this story that he is a brilliant writer. I can see now that The Tell-Tale Heart is better written, words- and tone-wise, but The Gold Bug was what made me like Poe as a writer. No doubt, The Gold Bug stren...more
Stephen
Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Gold Bug” is set on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. He had spent a portion of his short military career at Fort Moultrie on the island that overlooks Charleston Harbor and knew the location well. It served as atmosphere for this exotic tale of buried treasure, secret messages and gold beetles that look like human skulls.

So what better place for me to read the short work? I spent two weeks on Sullivan’s Island and nearby Isle of Palms, which is where I bought and read...more
Urangoo
Аз гэдэг сохор юм. Гэхдээ хүрээд ирсэн азыг тосоод авах чадвар тухайн хүнээс л хамаарна. Зохиолын баатар Легранд гайхалтай ажигч, мэдлэг өндөр, юмны учрыг тайлан олох чадвартайнхаа ачаар нэгэн цагт өөрийг нь орхин одсон аз, эд баялагийг олж авдаг. Харин гогцоо сэжүүрийн учгийг тайлахаар зорин бодолд автан байхад нь түүний найз, дагалдах негр зарц нь хүртэл сэтгэл мэдрэл нь муудаж гэж бодоцгоож байдаг. Тайлагдалгүй үлдсэн нэг зүйл нь энэ бүхний эхлэл болсон алтан цох. Мэдээж алтан цох байгаль дээ...more
Denise
This was a great short story. I'd heard and seen it in different forms, but reading it was special, and I learned something. I would bet that I could now solve a cryptogram puzzle thanks to the detailed lesson in the book! To add to the entertainment value, I listened to the text to speech Kindle option as I read along, and it was a laugh hearing Jupiter's lines. Not bad, the pirate angle, too. Pirates, code cracking, Poe- what could be better? I know it sounds like I am being facetious, but I r...more
Lou
This short story was very "short" for me. I loved the explanation about the cryptography and how was discovered the secret treasure of Captain Kidd. Only it seemed too short and with an abrupt end because it doesn't mention what happens after share the treasure, but I loved the story from beginning to end. It was pretty entertaining.
Alyssa
I went through a Poe phase when I was young. This is one of the stories that got under my skin. I liked to sit in the sun and read it out loud, using my 'I am reading Poe' voice, which sounded kind of creepy. I wanted to write like him when I grew up, but unfortunately I am still waiting!
J
I read this book when I was eight or nine. It was one of the first pieces of fiction that made me suspend my disbelief. Now that I write about it and remember the joy I felt in reading it, I have the urge to read it again.
Luis
Lo mas interesante de este cuento, fue la resolución del criptograma, el estilo narravito es muy similar al de Jules Verne, obviamente, el segundo se inspira en el primero para crear sus historias.
Jacqueline
Very different from the traditional doom, gloom, gore, and horror that we all expect from Poe. This tale is about cryptology and has a nice little ending that makes you go "Hmmmmm...".
Marts  (Thinker)
Here Poe tells the tale of William Legrand's gold quest after he gets an insect bite
Jason
I thought The Gold Bug was a lot of fun. Even though I had never read it, it felt nostalgic - like it was the kind of short story that should have been in one of my old grade school textbooks.

I don't have a lot of deep thoughts - it's a fun little mystery tale, of pirates and codes and buried treasure. It's actually a bit more static than that, because it's mostly about after-the-fact explanations and deductive reasoning, but I still found it clever and light (also making it the only Poe tale I'...more
Janet
This collection actually contains three short stories, although the only mention of this fact is inside the front cover!

The main story is narrated by an unnamed friend of Legrand who observes how his friend becomes obsessed with finding treasure after being bitten by a golden coloured scarab-like beetle. After finding said treasure, Legrand then explains how he went about solving a cipher which would eventually lead him to the hiding place.

Legrand’s servant Jupiter is a black man, whose dialog...more
Andrea
I was intrigued enough by the mention of this book in The Information to give it a try. Poe's fascination with cryptography and the apparently lasting effect the story had on Claude Shannon (the father of information theory) had me expecting an exciting and ingenious puzzle. Alas, the cryptogram at the heart of this story is astonishingly simple and the characters' ability to solve it depends mostly upon dumb luck and improbable occurrences (the tree never grew in all those years?). Worst of all...more
Lena Chilari
,,E sigur că acest Kidd - dacă într-adevăr Kidd e cel ce a dosit comoara, lucru pe care eu nu-l pun la îndoială - e sigur că trebuie să fi avut ajutoare. Dar o dată treaba isprăvită, se poate ca el să se fi gândit că e mai bine să se dezbare de toți cei ce erau părtași la taina lui. Poate că vreo două lovituri de cazma să fi fost de ajuns, în vreme ce ajutoarele lui lucrau încă în groapă. Poate că a fost nevoie chiar de mai multe... cine oare ne-ar pute-o spune? ,,
Jo Littlelulu
A short and "simple" story with the first reading.
When you finish it and close the book then you might start thinking about "what was the point in this one"? Then, when you find out you"ll love a little bit more, Poe. You might probably see it as "the young Poe" - it's the way I saw it. In truth he was playing with 3 characters between reality and illusions. In one sentence Poe says to us: One person's reality -which might be illusion for some other- maybe is the reality. We might thinking a lit...more
Katsumi
When the narrator of this story receives a plea from a man he knows to come visit him quickly, he leaves immediately. A strange mania seems to have befallen the poor man, and he sets off on a strange mission. But, when the man digs up a fortune in gold and gems it seems that the man is not mad after all!

Instead, it seems that finding a golden bug and a seemingly blank piece of parchment, the man soon realized that he had found the directions to Captain Kidd's long-lost treasure. In the first lev...more
Sasha
Enjoyed the Gold Bug immensely. Edgar Allan Poe's description of Legrand makes us think he is really insane and the suspense of the golden bug as well as Legrand's perculiar habits end in an amazing conclusion worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Jupiter adds a bit of comic relief and the cryptography was very enlightening of the fascination with it at the time
Nathan A. Wright
Feb 28, 2014 Nathan A. Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
If you want to know how to crack a code without a key, this story is for you. If you're looking for a treasure hunt story, this story is for you. If you're looking for a brilliant adventure story, or a story at all, this is for you! Very deep and complex, and in a fantastic setting! Nice little irony at the end, too.
Jenna
A short story by unnamed narrator about a fellow William Legrand from an Ancient Haguenot family took residence at Sullivan Island, near Charleston North Carolina. He built himself a hut with his companion Jupiter. Jupiter's "Massa Will" loves gunning, fishing or sauntering along the beach, in quest of shells or entomological specimens.

Legrand's friend an unnamed narrator one day visited him, and telling him his finding of scarabaeus/beetle a gold-colored, who's bitten him, and made him sick. Th...more
Michael
I had no idea Poe wrote stories like this, it reminded me of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. An interesting combination of analysis, ratiocination, and adventure. One star taken off because of the mocking portrayal of the African American servant.

Original Publication June, 1843
Vainilla
Un cuento que se aleja del lado negro al que Poe nos tiene acostumbrados, pero que precisamente por eso me ha sorprendido. Siendo fan de enigmas y misterios, este cuento no podía dejar de gustarme. Me hubiera gustado incluso más explicación sobre qué pasó después, se me ha hecho corto :D
Tabatha
This starts out kind of slow and boring, but turns out to be a great story about buried treasure. It's definitely not his most dark and horrific story. It reminds me of his work of The Purloined Letter. Though they are not two of his most known works, these ones are quite amazing.
Mia McInnis
I dunno...not bad for probably being on a short word count, but certainly not engrossing or life changing. Not his best work, but worth a read as a bedtime story.
Debbirella
Not my favorite by this author (I prefer his dark stories) but still amazing. I mean... it's Poe! Such a genius mind.
Ümit
"Kızıl Ölümün Maskesi", "Kara Kedi", "Uzun Sandık" ve "Altın Böcek" gibi güzel Poe'lar var burada.
Paula.
Me ha encantado.
La narración es perfecta y tiene de todo un poco, me gusta el como se maneja el suspenso y la trama, me gusta que sus personajes sean complejos y que todo sea tan... ¿Surreal?
Riona
I think I actually read this short story for the first time in middle school, but I didn't remember anything about it until I read it again this afternoon. It's a pretty decent story, one that gets better as it progresses. I thought the riddle was quite interesting, and who doesn't like a treasure-hunting adventure story? There is some tough dialect and old school racism in here though, which might make a lot of readers uncomfortable (the whole "black people are stupid and don't know their right...more
Ed
Pirates, Poe, and Sullivan's Island. What more can you ask for?
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