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The Tree

(The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft )

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On a mountain which was a chosen haunt for the Greek God Pan is an olive grove, and a fearful, human-like olive tree within it.
ebook, 77 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1921)
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Bill  Kerwin

This short early tale is notable for its classical Greek setting (unique in Lovecraft) and its stylistic use of archaic inversions—the kind Yoda of Star Wars is fond of—in order to summon an antique mood.

It tells the story of the esteemed scuptors Kalos and Musides, very close friends who live together, who have become rivals in the creation of a monumental statue of Tyche the Goddess of Fortune commissioned by the Tyrant of Syracuse. It is an old fashioned kind of story—a little Damon and Pythi
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
There are two ways you can look at this story. It can be either a story of a great friendship (it could even be more than that) between two artists that ends in the death of one or a story of revenge. The Tyrant of Syracuse makes them compete for the job, but it doesn't end well for either of them.
Whichever you choose to accept it can't be denied that the two sculptors Kalos and Musides have this profound connection that goes beyond simple friendship. No matter how I looked at it, this is one of
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juan carlos
Solamente Lovecraft puede crear el suspenso utilizando como elementos el arte de un escultor, una tumba y un olivo. Todo esto utilizando la antigua Grecia.

¿Para que leer el árbol de h.p. Lovecraft?

1. Para ver la relación de amistad que hay entre nuestros dos protagonistas y como está puede durar hasta después de la muerte.
2. Te explica íntegramente lo enigmático del arte y como las voces de la naturaleza pueden crear un gran suspenso.
3. Es una historia muy fluida que acabas en minutos.
4. Las ref
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Angela
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
2 1/2 creepy trees, greece, nature gods, sculptors, friendship, death. read for 7th grade english.
Luca
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: stati-uniti
Racconto breve dai toni misteriosi.
Colleen
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fantasy
This is a very sweet if sad story. One brother dies and the other never quite stops grieving. And it's all aade even sadder by the disappearance of both Musides and his great statue. It's a bit of a departure for Lovecraft at this period in his career. His stories had been terrifying and occult, but the sadness in this one sets it apart.
Joshua Shioshita
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
To be honest I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to take from this story. It's not Lovecraft's best, at least not in my opinion, and I suppose you could interpret the symbolism of the tree a couple different ways. Apart from that it just wasn't interesting to me.
Oleksandr
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
На горі Меналус, яка височіє над Аркадією, стоїть маєток, а в ньому живуть два скульптори - Калос і Мусідес. Попри те, що вони найвеличніші скульптори свого часу, вони не борються один з одним - вони найкращі друзі. Яклсь вони дістали замовлення від тирана Сиракуз на дві статуї. Тиран сподівався, що вдвох вони об'єднають зусилля і створять чудесні витвори мистецтва, які раніше не вдавалося створити навіть їм. Та згодом Калос помирає. Виконуючи його бажання, Мусідес саджає на могилі свого товариш ...more
Netanella
"The Tree" is an early work of Lovecraft's, and unusual in that it is set in ancient Greece and not his present day New England. Kalos and Musides, two renowned sculptors, compete against each other in a contest sponsored by the Tyrant of Syracuse. It's an interesting piece, I think, but certainly only for the completists who wish to say that they have read everything that Lovecraft wrote. Otherwise, it's a pass.
JamesBellaqua
Un cuento, bastante corto, que se disfruta y se lee en cuestión de minutos.
El cuento, a diferencia de lo que Lovecraft nos tiene acostumbrados, no es una historia de terror. En lo personal, lo considero, un cuento reflexivo, con ambientación de la Antigua Grecia.

Cuenta con un final a interpretación de cada uno; yo pienso–esta es mi humilde opinión y nada más– que el cuento nos incita a enseñar la importancia del arte. Especialmente, el arte de la naturaleza, de la amistad y amor.
Amy (Other Amy)
Pointless story set in ancient Greece.

(Moving 2015 review to separate work to make room under collection for review, September 2017. Seeing Bill's review, maybe I'll try it one more time and see if I'm missing anything.)
Sara
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
fearful, human-like olive tree .
it's good but nit great .. there some mystery i can't understand to Solve it .
Baal Of
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dried-squid
An unusual setting for Lovecraft, this very short story has the same kind of atmospheric vagueness that characterizes most of his fiction.
Roland
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
A meh story about a tree that grows from a dead man's tomb.
MARLENE RANTZ
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A VERY UNUSUAL BUT INTERESTING STORY ABOUT REVENGE!
Tiffany Lynn Kramer
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A surprising departure from Lovecraft's usual style.
Ryan McKenzie
It's a nice story, but I'm not sure how to interpret it...
Benjamin Stahl
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Another good story from Lovecraft. I liked the Greek setting.
Rcope61
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of Lovecraft's better stories and oddly a disappointing one. Most of his work is leads you to a clear conclusion, vengance, terror, odd cosmic justice all are common themes, but not here.

Friendship is evident in the story, there is not a hint of jealousy or fratricide. There is a close friendship that professional completion cannot destroy. Genuine concern and mourning of the sickness and loss of a close friend, followed by an outpouring of love in building a tomb.

Here is the only od
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Denise
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
A traveler to Mount Maenlus in Arcadia notices an olive grove and a ruined villa with a large tomb. Among the olive grove is a particularly large, misshapen olive tree with roots growing into the tomb. It looks almost like man, or perhaps a man’s body distorted in death. The locals give it a wide berth, assuming it has some association with the dreaded Pan or one of his associates. But an old beekeeper tells the traveler a different story.

Many years before, there were two friends who were both
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Thabata
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Na eerie olive tree is both fascinating and taunting. Recounting a story within a story (how meta), Lovecraft creates a narrative of this same Greek tree being noticed by two sculptors, one of which requests two of its branches to be laid upon his final resting place. The tree is all consuming growing upon the grave of the one sculptor, while the other, haunted by the strangeness of its forms and by the loss of his friend succumbs by the fall of a branch of the same tree. Was it ever haunted? Em ...more
Phil Slattery
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
An interesting tale and beautifully written, but not one of Lovecraft's best. The ending is not crystal clear, but I believe, after some contemplation, that I understand it. This is not really a spooky, horrific tale as much as a thoughtful, mysterious one with supernatural overtones. It's very brief (only four pages in my collection), so it doesn't hurt to read it when you have a few minutes.
Godzilla
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, kindle, horror
A tale of revenge once more from Lovecraft. This time set in an ancient world where two sculptors vie for excellence, their methods disparate and seemingly at odds with each other.

Not the tightest of Lovecraft's plots I've read, but still absorbing enough to make me turn the pages quickly.

A slightly disappointing ending for me, I've come to expect more from him, but better than more modern efforts I've read.
Marco
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
One of my least favorite of Lovecraft's short stories, set in ancient Greek, featuring two very talented and mythical sculptors, that loved each other as if they were brothers or more. They are set to compete against each other, but one of the two gets sick. Things take an unexpected twist from there.
Greg Schell
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
A mildly interesting tale about two renowned sculptors, seemingly the best of friends despite their different personalities and the fact that they often compete. The question left dangling throughout the story is... is this a tragic tale of friendship cut short or is it a story of revenge from beyond the grave?
Mark Barrett
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an apparently simple folk-tale, told in a very folk-tale style through the technique of having it narrated by a simple old man within the story itself. It is a take on the classic Greek tragedies, leaving you contemplating friendship, art, tyranny, competitiveness among others - but answering no questions.

A short, seemingly easy read that will stay in your mind for ages to come.
Fabio Vinicius Binder
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Gustavo Hernandez
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
De Lovecraft he leido mejores
Molly
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
i didnt understand it
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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