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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  2,624 ratings  ·  260 reviews
After reading an 1836 newspaper account of a shipwreck and its two survivors, Edgar Allan Poe penned his only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, the story of a stowaway on a Nantucket whaleship who finds himself enmeshed in the dark side of life at sea: mutiny, cannibalism, savagery—even death. As Jeffrey Meyers writes in his Introduction: “[Poe] remai ...more
Paperback, Modern Library Paperback Edition, 224 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Modern Library (first published 1838)
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Richard
Dear The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym,

I love you. I hate you. You confuse me because you evoke within me such conflicting emotions. The truth? I really got into a relationship with you because I thought that you would be a straight-up maritime adventure novel a la "Master and Commander." I heard you inspired Herman Melville when he was writing Moby Dick. That's what I was looking for. What I got was... well, what are you, Arthur?

Here's the thing, Gordy: you were always good as an adventure n
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Aramys
Le tengo que dar las cinco estrellas a Poe, pese a la jugada del final. El libro es una pasada, todas las partes, salvo la central con el capitán Guy, son sublimes, con una acción trepidante y una sensación de peligro siempre flotando en el ambiente, que hacen que no puedas dejar de leer. De verdad que he disfrutado como un niño bajo una sabana y una linterna leyendo este libro, imprescindible.
Keely
There is something in the reader in me that constantly drives to seek out the unusual and inexplicable. Authors who try to achieve this effect deliberately are always a bore, for the same reason that a man who wears a tophat as an affectation is always infinitely dull compared to the man who wears one unselfconsciously. Iconoclasm may owe its birth to the need for difference, but any iconoclast who fails to find a deeper inspiration is a rudderless rebel.

Difference is not, in itself, interesting
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John
Surprisingly, this is Poe's most compulsively readable work, and I would have given it five stars, except for the lack of an ending, moments of sheer unbelievability, and the occasional ultra-boring chapter describing various animals or islands. As far as the ending goes, apparently Jules Verne wrote a sequel, so I will be able to have closure on the story eventually. This may not be one of Poe's most artistic works, but I found it to be his most suspenseful story, ironically despite its being a ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 06, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who enjoy Poe's writing and love classic adventure
Being a fan of Poe's tales, I decided to experience his only novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" written in 1838.
In classic Poe style of course it was quite interesting and enjoyable, on many an occasion I felt I was actually with Pym experiencing the adventures. The tale is about the young Arthur Gordon Pym who stows away aboard a whaling ship called Grampus. Pym experiences a series of adventures including shipwreck, mutiny, and cannibalism. He is eventually rescued by the
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Miquel Codony
La mayor parte del libro es absolutamente brutal y perfecta, imposible mejorarla. El tramo final, a pesar de ser apasionante, tiene algunos problemas de ritmo (malditos infodumps) que se notan aún más después de la maravilla (el horror, según se mire) que lo precede, y por eso le escatimo una estrella. He leído quejas del final. A mi me gusta lo enigmático que resulta... por más que maldiga a Poe por no seguir explicando las aventuras de Arthur...

Este libro es una joya.
Ben Loory
a man is involved in a terrible boating accident and as a result conceives of a great desire to go to sea. this one of the strangest books i've ever read-- a nightmare in the form of an adventure novel, where life and death are consistently confused, everyone appears to be sleep-walking, and the author seems bored out of his feverish mind. it's got some great imagery and a fantastic ending... plenty of mystery... but no drama or tension. an aura of great meaning all the way through, though... yo ...more
James
Poe's only full length novel. A tale of a young boy's adventure aboard a whaling ship as it heads into the southern seas. Interesting insight into thoughts at the time of the peoples and animals near Antarctica. The end of the book...
Interestingly Arthur Pym's story continues in Jules Verne's "An Antarctic Mystery, The Sphinx of the Ice Fields". I discovered the Verne book first but learned I needed to begin with Poe's novel. Think that is a must. Interesting comparing the styles of the two aut
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Franco  Santos
Soy aficionado a las obras de Poe, pero, lamentablemente, tengo que decir que este libro se me hizo insoportable. Demasiado pesado: un tedio total. No obstante, tiene un buen final: es lo que más me gustó. Y también alguna que otra cosa de la mitad.
Shannon
I read The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym for the first time when I was nine years old, after receiving a volume of the Complete Edgar Allen Poe as a gift. While I devoured the short stories and the poetry multiple times, this, Poe's only novel, was read by me once, and I'm not even able to remember if I finished it. I picked this up to read in preparation to read Mat Johnson's satire, Pym (excellent, 5 stars btw.) Man, did I ever hate this. It was so excruciating to read, whether by design (to ...more
Kori Klinzing
I cannot believe that Jules Verne was inspired by this nonsense. I am very rarely tempted to put a book down before finishing this, but several times throughout the novel I just didn't know how I would go on. There were painful page-long descriptions on boats and sailing, which, as the main character wasn't really a professional sailor and seemed completely inept in the first bit of the story, seemed completely implausible, and only served to distract from the only good part of the novel: the ad ...more
Jay Daze
Mr. Poe is definitely messing with us on this one. It just gets odder and odder: cannibalism (don't pick the short splinter), racism (an evil black cook and the treacherous natives), and gotta have some being buried alive (twice if you include being trapped below decks). Some of the aping of explorers journals gets tired and a couple of the chapters are just non-fiction essay (which may be trickily mucked up by Poe, but I don't have the heart to check them). He may be using the forms of adventur ...more
Jon
I was inspired to read this (Poe's only novel) by an article in the New York Review of Books by Marilynne Robinson, praising both it and Poe very highly, and noting that unlike all his stories written before this novel, the stories written after it depict "the inescapable confrontation of the self by a perfect justice, the exposure of a guilty act in a form that makes its revelation a recoil of the mind against itself." The act of writing this novel was apparently a turning point for Poe. Maybe. ...more
Carl Alves
In the only full length novel that Edgar Allan Poe ever wrote, he tells a tale set at sea of Arthur Gordon Pym. He sails around the globe, and during his misadventures at sea, he experiences a mutiny on board, a terrible storm resulting in a shipwreck, and a run-in with a tribe of cannibals. In order words, all sorts of madcap mayhem fun. As far as the novel itself goes, I wasn't wildly impressed. It seemed to ramble at times and most of it wasn't terribly compelling. I'm not the biggest fan of ...more
Sandra
L’unico romanzo scritto da E. A. Poe rappresenta una continuazione della tradizione letteraria delle avventure marittime, congeniale allo scrittore che in vari punti dell’opera mostra una conoscenza approfondita delle imbarcazioni e delle attività marinare, infondendo nel romanzo contenuti realistici: Gordon Pym si imbarca clandestinamente in una baleniera per spirito di avventura, affronta traversie e molteplici esperienze, fino ad approdare nell’Antartico, terra ancora oggi misteriosa e affasc ...more
Benjamin Stahl
Oct 27, 2014 Benjamin Stahl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Without Mental Deformities
I'm not exactly sure how much of this was actually written by Poe himself. The preface seems to state that Arthur Gordon Pym penned the majority of this book himself. I kind of wish it was mostly Poe, and that it was, to a larger extent, fictional ... because in that case, I would then say that this is one of the most ingeniously devised accounts of adventure ever written. Despite how remarkable the events detailed are, they are always conveyed in such a way that I believed every moment of it. I ...more
Sarah
Not too bad. Just a bit confusing. The ending is very strange and blurry. I'm not too sure what Poe was trying to accomplish with this novel because it felt very unfinished. The adventure scenes were pretty exhilarating though. About 60% of it was fun to read.
Elizabeth Rhea
After reading this tale of a high-seas adventure to the South Pole, it isn't difficult to surmise why Poe never wrote another novel. It's simply not his form; the work had a few riveting Poevian descriptions, but such enjoyable instances were highly episodic. The work was pushed past redemtion by its colonialist and racially-heirarchical plot devices and character descriptions, which may be more interesting to students of history and the humanities than those in search of great literature.

Some t
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Luxor
Me ha parecido un libro extraño e inclasificable, pasa de la aventura al terror, del relato marinero a la divulgación científica. Alternando capítulos realmente terroríficos con otros realmente aburridos. Hay momentos escalofriantes como el del barco cargado de cadáveres o el capítulo en el que los protagonistas aceptan el canibalismo como modo de supervivencia, pero en cambio, en otros momentos, los interminables datos sobre las coordenadas del barco, la climatología y diversas cuestiones poco ...more
Maria
O primeiro livro de Edgar Allan Poe que eu leio!
E para primeiro aqui está um que já ficou nos meus favoritos. Este livro é extremamente interessante, com um final surpreendente e nada, nada, esperado...completamente "surreal".

Este livro conta as aventuras de Gordon Pym, um jovem rapaz. O livro é contado por Pym, posteriormente à aventura que viveu no mar. Ou seja, a aventura começou no ano de 1827 e o relato é feito em 1838.

Neste relato, Pym conta como começou as suas aventuras. Fala da amiza
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Stacia
Poe's only novel, this is a unique mix of seafaring adventures & misadventures (many to the point of horror), travel narrative/diary with the sort of flora/fauna/navigational notations that were popular on exploration trips of the day, fantastical locations/peoples/creatures, allegory, allusions, & a very strange, abrupt ending, all built on Poe's special scaffolding of creeping dread. Though I've read conflicting reviews on this book (& I agree that parts of it are uneven), there is ...more
Patrick McCoy
I was inspired to read Edgar Allan Poe's lone novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Paul Theroux's description of it in The Old Patagonia Express. He called it the most frightening book he had ever read and later when he met Jorge Luis Borges in Argentina, Borges called it Poe's greatest work. I'm not sure I would go as far as either of those writers, but it was an entertaining read. It was chock full of disaster: mutiny, castaways, cannibalism, and murderous blood-thirsty natives. I reall ...more
Ben
An adventure story. A work filled with all kinds of symbolism and allegory. An inspiration for writers like Melville (so many elements in this work are similar to Melville's Moby Dick -- the closeness of the sailors sharing the same bed, the whaling voyage, etc. -- and even "Benito Cereno" with its racist elements -- the villainous black cook and the barbarous dark-skinned natives) and Jules Verne. Several stories in one (the second, dealing with the perilous [mis]adventures on the whaling ship, ...more
Gustl
Magnifico romanzo di avventura marinaresca, scritto in modo più scorrevole rispetto ad alcuni racconti nei quali il nostro tende ad eccedere in pedanteria. L'atmosfera morbosa e soffocante pervade tutta l'opera, il ritmo tiene viva l'attenzione senza perdersi in fastidiose descrizioni tecniche come nel caso del Moby Dick di Melville, che in qualche modo si può considerare il suo seguito.
Oscar
Edgar Allan Poe fue uno de mis padres literarios. Junto a Arthur Conan Doyle y H.P. Lovecraft, hizo que empezase a amar la letra impresa. Este libro de Poe no me ha gustado nada. Tal vez sea por la malísima traducción. Tengo una edición tan mala que no aparece ni el nombre del traductor. No exagero, hay frases que parecen trabalenguas. Lo he terminado por orgullo y como homenaje al 200 aniversario del nacimiento de este genio indiscutible.

La trama es sencilla, un joven, Arthur, que junto a su am
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Leah
As I was reading this book, I first thought I would give it two stars, then three, and finally four. It does not have the perfection of Poe's short stories, but it was a compelling read with moments of absolute brilliance. I was surprised by the humor in the book--leave it to Poe to make cannibalism funny and ironic. It is a gruesome book in parts, but it is also beautiful. The writing in the last chapter earned its 4th star. There is so much to say about this book,and it can be read on so many ...more
Santanu Dutta
The book has a good theme especially considering the time of writing. However in many occasions too much descriptive nature brings the pace at a halt and jerky. The only novel by Edgar Alan Poe however ends in haste. The ending however is good one keeping the reader for a guess "What happened to Pym" on the south seas when he with Dark Peters were floating through the south seas in a canoe.
Rachel Glenn
This is one of the weirder things I've read in a while. Super dense and often so absurd I couldn't suspended my disbelief. Had neither time nor patience to finish it so I read a summary online to pass the reading quizzes. #noshame
Tuệ Trần
Một chuyện phiêu lưu vui vui, kiểu Đảo giấu vàng hay Robinson Crusoe. Bị cái là Poe viết nên nhiều đoạn khá u ám và đáng sợ.
Rex Snyder
Poe writes well & always has some interesting things in his stories. This one is too complex and not very direct. The ending is unusual and quite unique, but leaves one wondering if he had any original direction for it in the first place. In fact, the ending and the complexity leave me wondering if the whole story is just a rambling adventure with no end in sight. It is easy to see the influence this story had on H. P. Lovecraft's, At The Mountains of Madness. While this story is easy to rea ...more
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