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The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
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Jun 04, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2010
Read in November, 2010

Poe is very good at relating the feeling of claustrophobia; it was very easy to put myself in that pit and feel the walls closing in on me, but I found his style rather verbose. I don’t know if it’s because I read the story in installments, but it felt like the story could have been told just as effectively in half the words. By the end, I was tiring of the tale a little, but it seemed to end very abruptly, which annoyed me somewhat.

I found some elements very chilling (the thought of getting the rats to do their work was rather nasty, despite the fact that I rather like rodents), but by modern standards, I found it a tad tame.

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