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La Caida de La Casa Usher

(Izbrana dela #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  39,580 ratings  ·  1,079 reviews
Dive into this classic from the singular mind of Edgar Allan Poe, who is widely regarded as the master of short horror fiction. "The Fall of the House of Usher" recounts the terrible events that befall the last remaining members of the once-illustrious Usher clan before it is -- quite literally -- rent asunder. With amazing economy, Poe plunges the reader into a state of d ...more
Paperback, 26 pages
Published December 8th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published September 1839)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, gothic
"There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart—an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it—I paused to think—what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?"

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A gothic house that instantly made me think of the House of Usher.

When our narrator has been summoned to the bedside of his sick friend Roderick Usher, he finds a household overcast with gloom. If an environment can perme
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Michael
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
Wow, what a fantastic story. You have all the gothic elements crammed in here: a haunted (perhaps even sentient) house, a mysterious illness, madness, death, entombment, a dungeon, a violent storm, a cursed family, hints of possible incest (?), resurrection, bizarre poetry, and a story-within-the-story about a knight slaying a dragon. And binding this all together is Poe's inimitable style and narrative drive. It's horror of the creepy, atmospheric kind (the best kind, IMHO), the kind that gets ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of the original haunted house tales. This story embodies old-fashioned gothic horror.

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The unnamed narrator tells of his visit to the dreary country home of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher. He notices (and describes at length) how both Roderick and his house are crumbling at the edges. Roderick is a deeply mentally disturbed person; his sister Madeline, who wafts past the two men once without regarding them, se
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J.L.   Sutton
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Along with the unnamed narrator, we as readers are summoned into the macabre to witness the fall of the House of Usher. Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher is a nearly perfect short story. It creates tension as events unfold and the once familiar takes on the visage of the ghastly and wild. Poe successfully evokes a feeling of dread which is inescapable. And while there is closure in the story, the narrator is unnerved by the sorrow and recognizes that he will carry the terror the r ...more
James
3.5 of 5 stars to The Fall of the House of Usher, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, written in 1839. I found myself a slight bit bored the first time I read it. It seemed to only be about some guy that went to go visit an old school buddy. When he arrives, some type of curse or disastrous mood hangs over his house and looms until the man is a bit fearful. Then, his best friend is dying of some odd disease. They watch his wife die, but only when the man is about to die himself does he reveal that ...more
Tom Lewis
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the creepiest, eeriest haunted house stories I’ve ever read. From the first few lines, a disquieting sense a dread begins to build, and it never lets up. The story has the narrator being summoned to a remote decaying mansion where his childhood friend – the last of a great dynasty, is near death. And just wait until something stalks the mansion’s dark halls in the dead of night. Like HP Lovecraft, Poe’s choice of words brilliantly teases the imagination with its dark terrors.
Bionic Jean
The Fall of the House of Usher (published in 1839) may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre, although Ann Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho", for instance, had been published much earlier in 1794. Apart from its parody in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey", Radcliffe's work has now largely been forgotten along with other great gothic works from the time. Yet The Fall of the House of Usher remains perennially popular and influential. Poe regarded ...more
kohey
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This dark,somber and melancholic world makes my head spinning.
Aishu Rehman
It was my first time I read Poe, and I have to say, I can see why he is so hyped. This story is mysterious and breath taking. Told from the perspective of a curious friend. Good read, I will recommend it to anyone who has an interest in horror.
Exina
I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart--an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it--I paused to think--what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?




"The Fall of the House of Usher is considered the best example of Poe's "totality", where every eleme
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Rebecca McNutt
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Edgar Allan Poe sure knows his way around a great story! The Fall of the House of Usher is a mad little tale drenched in gothic undertones, a book that offers up a dark portrayal of a dysfunctional family's rapid descent into chaos and neurotic self-indulgence, but it's the narrator, a kind man who becomes involved with this family as they suffer through unnamed mental illnesses and impending death, who becomes the most interesting figure here, especially in that sudden explosion of a powerful e
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Morgannah
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***This entire review contains spoilers***
Every detail of this story, from the opening description of the dank tarn and the dark rooms of the house to the unearthly storm which accompanies Madeline's return from the tomb, helps to convey the terror that overwhelms and finally destroys the fragile mind of Roderick Usher.

Terror, even this extreme which results in madness and death, is meaningless unless it is able to somehow illustrate a principle of human nature. Upon reading the tale we learn
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Eliza
*Read for class*

In terms of Poe, I pretty much loved this. Definitely my favorite by him! The writing and scenery is absolutely lovely.
Ivan
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I plan to dive into works of Poe so expect spam of short stories and poems from me in next few days.

David Schaafsma
“The Fall of the House of Usher” is a classic Poe story, and helps us define just what it means to be “gothic” in nineteenth century literature. Continuous dark, stormy weather, a huge decaying gothic-style house, continuous pervasive gloom, humans infused with all this.

Roderick Usher, pale and wild-haired owner of the house. Sick, maybe from the waters seeping from the tarn into the house? The fungi on the building? Is Roderick an opium eater? Living with his also pale and wild-haired wraith tw
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Luís C.
The Fall of the House of Usher: the narrator describes a mysterious house. A house where lives his childhood friend Roderick Usher. After several years away, he returned to his friend, only this one seems badly in his skin that has difficulty to find his old friend. He sinks into a kind of hypochondria. He explains that he no longer going well since the death of his sister. But the mystery that encompasses the Usher house in ruins arouses bitter curiosity to our dear narrator who is in the desir ...more
A. Dawes
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

Although this novelette was published in 1839, Poe is not the founder of the gothic horror genre, in fact Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho was published a good deal earlier - and thankfully is enjoying a mini-revival of late.

But "The Fall of the House of Usher" could be seen as a successful model for novelette length gothic-horror works. This is relatively slow-paced when compared to modern day Seanan McGuire stories or Ellen Datlow anthologies, but it still had me utterly gripped.
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classic reverie
When reading Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm, Flora compared the family dynamics to Poe's The Fall of The House of Usher, so I had to read this short and disturbing gothic read which leaves lots to imagine about the siblings and their state of mind.


OTR, The Weird Circle, August 29, 1943.
https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com...

Another radio version from Escape October 22, 1947

https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com...
Justin
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of a better way to kick off the month of October.
Tayler Steele
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That. Was. Fantastic.

It's been so long since I've read Poe, or anything like Poe, and that was just so refreshing. It was so great to be confronted with a story that presented a challenge in so many ways: the diction, the sub-meanings, the sheer horror of the plot! After such a long YA binge, this was just wonderful and exactly what I needed to get out of my reading slump.

I love everything about Poe's writing. The long and winding sentences that make you sit back and think, but also grip you wit
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Sara
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers or Poe, horror, or Boris Karloff
Oh come on, how is this not fun. Read on a dark night, one when the lights are out because there is a furious storm beating on your rooftop and windows, it would make you shudder indeed.

It is not my first reading, but it might be my most appreciative one. I reveled in the description, the careful choice of words, the building agitation of our narrator. I picked up on one tidbit I might have missed before. Very early on in the narrator's description of Roderick Usher (who doesn't love that name?)
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Antonio
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Poe's stories I've read. I came across an astonishing reading, as so many of my friends have early described.

Poe's style shows us how every element of a short story is meaningful. I've recently read a meta-linguistic narrative in which the author said "No useless words, all of them, the absolute totality, loaded with signification. Novel readers have time to lose; short-stories readers, don't." While reading this book, I couldn't agree more.

I adored the gothic style, just
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Quirkyreader
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an intense creeper.
Vanessa J.
Ugh. I just love Poe's stories so much. Good thing he wrote many, so I still have more to go.



The narrator goes to Roderick Usher's house because he's summoned due to his friend's illness. There, he starts to notice some strange things, some of which include Usher's sister weird behaviour and subsequent death.

Even when this was so short, I found Usher to be an intriguing character. Utterly creepy but really interesting. His condition of hypochondria and axiety made him even more intriguing, and a
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Brian
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read again, June 8, 2017:

When I read the last word I exhaled a breath of awe and felt like a child who had ridden his first roller coaster -- "Woe! That was so freaking awesome. Oh my God!" I said this with whispering, quivering excitement. I read this in elementary school but just now, at 39, understood the connection of the story, the slaying of the "dragon," the power of this house to turn fantasy into reality. Poe relies heavily on setting, a Gothic masterpiece in the beginning, which has a
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Lör K.
Read as part of the Terrifying Tales collection.

Original Rating: 1 / 5
Original review below rewrite

Reread Rating and Review: 4 / 5 stars

I reread this helping one of my friends out with their English report on this, and pulling things out of the text in order to help analyse the sentences really allowed me to see this story in a whole different light. Poe has written in this a stunning, chilling short story that leaves goosebumps shooting up and down my spine.

With poetic sentences, beautifull
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Freesiab (Bookish Review)
I love me some Poe. His masterly descriptive powers were at their best here. When he was describing Usher's maladies I felt a twinge of hypochondria and later as night fell in the story my heart raced with the unknown suspense of what terrors would be in store for me. All done in 10 pages. If he isn't the king of spooky, I don't know who is.
Connie G
Classic horror story with a dark Gothic atmosphere.
Gloria Mundi
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tim Burton
Recommended to Gloria by: 1001 book list
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Sean
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This atmospheric horror story is great example of how an author such as Poe gets straight to the point. He doesn't bore the reader with lots of filler, but rather only describes every detail that is important to the story. This writing style is a great example why Poe can be read over and over again. Each sentence is a diamond that shines brighter and brighter with each subsequent reading.
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