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The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales

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ב-1841 פורסם לראשונה "הרציחות ברחוב מורג", ואתו נולד הסיפור הבלשי. אדגר אלן פו, גאון פרוזה, סופר חודר נפש ותודעה, הוליד את הבלש אוגוסט דופאן והמציא ז'אנר ספרותי חדש. שלושת הסיפורים המרכזיים בקובץ הזה מציבים בפני דופאן אתגרים קשים: גופותיהן של אם ובת נמצאות בחדר נעול; מכתב בעל חשיבות עצומה לעתידה של צרפת נגנב על-ידי אישיות פוליטית בכירה; צעירה יפת מראה נעלמת לפתע וגופתה שטה ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Penguin Classics (first published 1841)
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Simona Bartolotta
As is often the case with short story collections, some tales are exceptional, others I found absolutely uninspiring. I don't particularly love Poe, but I'm firmly convinced his imagination was madly —madly— fervid, and I admire him for it.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I checked this audiobook out to celebrate the October Spooky mood. I have been an admirer of Poe since I was a grade school student, and what I've read by him, I've loved. I have been meaning to read more by him, but haven't taken the time. Audiobooks are such a good way to maximize my time because I can listen and do other things, so I grabbed this one. In all honesty, it wasn't very scary or even eerie (with the exception of "The Raven. " I am glad that I did listen to it though. I had never r ...more
Puck
"I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind."

October is the perfect month for Edgar Allan Poe, and so I read one of these stories a day to get myself in the Halloween spirit. While some of them fell flat, most of Poe's tales are dizzying and disturbing, and show clearly how our dark emotions or thoughts can take control over us.
The sound of a beating heart, grief for a lover that won't pass, a curiosity towards a stranger on the street...the worst demons are often the ones
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Reading Badger
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
After presenting you a list with book suggestions for this Halloween, we decided to offer a full article to the one who was the father of morbid and horror stories: Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.

Why Edgar Allan Poe?
His name is always associated, nowadays, with unusual stories that include murders, burials, and women who return from the dead. However, during his life, he was a very versatile writer. His works include short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory
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Sarah
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had a lot of trouble getting used to Poe's style. I think for me he's a denser writer. I'd get drawn in, then the slightest disturbance or noise would draw me out. I had this happen over and over, get a few good pages, get pulled out. I don't normally have that problem, so I wound up only reading this at night, right before bed while my husband was catching up on his shows. Once I took that approach I found myself actually enjoying it.
My favorite story by far was The Gold-Bug, but I love an
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Nnenna
3.5 stars

I hadn’t read Poe since high school, but I remembered being introduced to his work for class and loving it. October seemed to be the month of switching up my reading habits, as I don’t read many graphic novels and I don’t read many short story collections. I was craving some old school horror though and decided that Halloween was the best time to read the master of the creepy short story.

I’d read a few of these stories before, but many were new to me. Even for th
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Stuart Kenny
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Worth spending as long reading the first few pages as it is the rest of the book. Not to be attempted on a hangover.
Sunny
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this short story was really impressive. I remember watching a black and white version of the film when I was really young and being really scared by it. Who would have known that I would read the book behind it one day. It’s a story about a murder that takes place in Paris which is almost unsolvable because they cant work out why the perpetrator would leave without any money, the killings are almost inhumanely gruesome and the police cant work out how the individual got in and then got ...more
*❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
For this I only read five short stories, all for uni purposes. They definitely some stories that I loved, some that were weird and others I really didn't like. But overall it was interesting to read other works from Poe. Hopefully I'll read the rest of the short stories of the text soon.
Pia Sophia
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Let me begin by saying that I had never read anything by Edgar Allan Poe. And I was very pleased by our encounter!
Some stories I didn't like a lot, but there were more that I fancied. Some made me shiver (The Fall of the House of Usher and The Black Cat) and some simply took me by the throat (Ligeia, which is one of the best short stories I have ever read, and Eleonora) or sucked me right in (The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar).

* In Manuscript Fou
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Natassa
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest and say that I went to great lengths in order to find audiobooks of each individual tale to listen to (since I couldn't find an audiobook version of this exact collection). I read a couple, some I read along as I listened to the audiobook, but mostly I just listened, which probably made me miss a whole lot of the plots. But I couldn't help it. I feel as if Poe's writing style isn't for me unless I sit down and really concentrate, which I haven't had the time to do. But let's ...more
Lucie Goroyan
1. Manuscript Found in a Bottle
2. Ligeia
3. The Man That Was Used Up
4. The Fall of the House of Usher - 4*
5. William Wilson- 4*
6. The Man of the Crowd - 5*
7. The Murders in the Rue Morgue
8. A Descent into the Maelstrom
9. Eleonora
10. The Oval Portrait
11. The Masque of the Red Death
12. The Pit and the Pendulum
13. The Tell-Tale Heart - 5*
14. The Gold-Bug
15. The Black Cat - 5*
16. The Purloined Letter
17. The Fac
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Rosemarie
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read Poe and can go on with my life. I'm glad they were short stories. Pretty creepy.
Celine Huizer
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. Especially the stories considering Monsieur Dupin, the Sherlock Holmes of the times before Sherlock Holmes himself was invented. The true Poe-style macabre horror stories are a brilliant read as well. Thumbs up.
Christine
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars, really: averaging 3 for this audiobook version, and 4 for the intense and intricate language of Mr. Poe. I definitely prefer reading him on paper, though.

The narrator in this audiobook had a very talented voice for portraying different characters, but in and of itself that became quite distracting. Poe's style is too verbose and complicated, I feel now, for listening on audiobook. (Having seen The Raven recited/performed aloud previously, it may be the one exception.)

More to foll
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Christopher Lewis
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Giving this one four stars on the strength of about half the stories. As you might expect, the Poe tales you've heard of ("Tell-Tale Heart", "Fall of the House of Usher", "Pit and the Pendulum", etc.) are wonderfully gothic and fun to read, whereas the more obscure titles tend to be duller and/or problematic ("The Gold Bug"). There's a hidden gem here and there though, so all in all a worthwhile collection.
Pieter Swier
Manuscript Found in a Bottle ~ ★★★
Ligeia ~ ★★★
The Man that was Used Up ~ ★★
The Fall of the House of Usher ~ ★★★★
William Wilson ~ ★★★
The Man of the Crowd ~ ★★★
The Murders in the Rue Morgue ~ ★★★
A Descent into the Maelström ~ ★★★★
Eleonora ~ ★★★
The Oval Portrait ~ ★★★
The Masque of the Red Death ~ ★★★★
The Pit and the Pendulum ~ ★★★★
The Tell-Tale Heart ~ ★★★★
The Gold-Bug ~ ★★★
The Black Cat ~ ★★★★
The Purloined Le
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Rebecca
Manuscript Found in a Bottle ★★
Ligeia ★★★
The Man that was Used Up ★★.5
The Fall of the House of Usher ★★★
William Wilson ★★★
The Man of the Crowd ★★
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
A Descent into the Maelstrom
Eleonora
The Oval Portrait ★★★
The Masquerade of the Red Death
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Tell-Tale Heart ★★★★
The Gold-Pug
The Black Cat
The Purlioned Letter
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
The Cask of
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Chloe
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm just not the Edgar Allan Poe type of person, I guess, but to me these stories didn't seem to have much substance (except for the Dupin ones): they're mostly all just set-up for a shocking revelation and lacking much of a plot. At least that's how I feel about them.
Jonathan Giammaria
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poe has a thing for monkeys~~~~
Hobby

My first acquitances with Poe's works really surprise my-self, because some of them are reaaly unique and I cannot describe it how precisely the feeling I have after finish each one of its stories. So instead doing recap-post on all of them, I put my thought on each stories and how I feel or how I reacted on them.

Chapter 1 : Manuscript Found In A Bottle

Chapter 2 : Ligeia

Chapter 3 : The Man that was Used Up

Chapter 4 : The Fall of the House of Usher

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Tabitha
If you read and appreciated Poe’s original stories you would likely find this illustrated re-imagining enjoyable but don’t expect that same feeling you would get from reading Poe’s work. I have always been a fan of his dark fiction and this graphic novel definitely delivers an element of that. However, I found it a bit more playful than I expected. Perhaps, that was just my interpretation of the illustrations or maybe it was done this way to appeal more to the targeted age range – either way it ...more
Malin
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's very difficult to rate a volume of short-stories. I'm giving it 2.7 stars and below I'm rating each tale.
The main reason why I didn't give it 3 stars is because most of the tales were hard to get a flow in when starting to read each tale.

Manuscript Found in a Bottle - 1 star
Ligeia - 2.5 stars
The Man that was Used Up - 4 stars
The Fall of the House of Usher - 2 stars
William Wilson - 1 star
The Man of the Crowd - 2 stars
The Murders in the Ru
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Alex
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This collection features most of the all-stars of Poe's short stories. "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher"...they're all here, along with an illuminating essay by DH Lawrence which pierces Poe's psyche and his life's main obsession: the search for never-ending and passionate love.

While I don't love all of the stories in this collection, there is something to enjoy in each and every one of them. If you're into the macabr
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Seán Rafferty
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't know what Poe was imbibing when writing these tales but it was definitely more than a glass of Guinness. They are bonkers, dark and unsettling. I chose the book as I wanted to read the first detective in English literature in 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue'. You can definitely see where Conan Doyle got his inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
For good measure he throws in a little misogyny liberally mixed with a touch of racism ['The Gold Bug']. But some of the tales are genuinely distu
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F. J. McGill
Whenever I think of madness in fiction, the two who come to mind first are Lovecraft, and, a major influence of his, Edgar Allan Poe. If anything, Poe is a voice; a moody, macabre atmosphere so thick it's oppressive, even suffocating. His characters, of whom I cannot remember most even having a name, are less so believable individual human beings, as they are the vehicles of expression: a terrific doom, anxiety induced depravity, obsessive love, uncomprehending awe. It is none of the stories the ...more
Sandro Filipe
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Srdan Dukic
Poe's style is evident throughout the book. Though the critique at the end of the book rightly calls out Poe for lack of artistry in his writing, depicting a man merely applying the scientific method and elaborate language to the darkest topics of human existance.
Pedro Ribeiro
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic. Edgar Poe's writing takes us to the middle of the daily living of nineteenth century. Its all there: all the misconceptions and prejudices of an "illuminated" century. A quick but delicious reading.
Aimee
I bought this book mostly for the titular story and ‘The Purloined Letter’ because I finally finished reading the complete Sherlock Holmes stories last year and I heard that Poe’s character Dupin had inspired Conan Doyle to create his own gentleman detective. (Holmes and Watson even discuss Dupin in one story but I can't remember which one.) 
There are some key similarities between Dupin and Holmes: both of them have strong analytical abilities, use deductive reasoning, are consulted by fri
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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 hundreds of essays and ...more