[[ books pdf ]] The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and Related TalesAuthor Edgar Allan Poe – Multi-channel.co

Low 3 If I didn t know this was written by Poe, I would never have guessed it We don t get the creepiness vibe like we do in his short stories We don t get the overflowing emotion like we do in his poetry This felt like a generic 19th century novel, and along with that came the long digressions on subjects not terribly relevant to the plot Really Poe, do you have to spend a chapter each discussing cargo stowage and albatross penguin cohabitation You are the master of terror and suspense, but I m not feeling it at all It actually felt a lot like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Verne was strongly influenced by this novel and moved just as slowly with brief moments of excitement.There are also some glaring inconsistencies in the book Specifically, if Pym, the narrator, dies in the last chapter, how on earth did he ask Poe to write out his adventures, as he explains in the Prologue Pym and company encounter an island inhabited by savages who have never before seen a white man, but they seem to speak French Maybe I set too high a standard for Poe, but come on I didn t necessarily need swashbuckling, but a bit tension would have been nice The characters got themselves into plenty of life or death situations, but I never felt moved.Please excuse me while I go read A Tell Tale Heart. The majority of this novella is a rollicking sea adventure that seems to include many of the elements that I rightly or wrongly associate with Poe In the first chapter helpfully marked with the Roman numeral I, as was required in 19th century literature , the narrator s friend, with a strange enthusiasm, gets him up in the middle of the night to go sailing It isn t until the two are a good distance from land that the narrator, Arthur Gordon Pym, who knows nothing about sailing, realizes that his friend, now almost unresponsive and with a vacant look in his eyes, is stone drunk, and that by morning they ll be out of sight of land I think this novella, the only one Poe ever wrote, may be an example of the exact opposite of Aristotle s advice about the unity of action, time and place, but it does maintain a psychic unity characters due to drink, confinement or entombment , as Poe would say , starvation or interior compulsions seem to be in various states of intoxication, hallucination or madness There are no real scenes, no character development one crisis simply leads to another The story passes like a strange dream four men draw straws to determine which one of them will be cannibalized by the others an incredibly muscular dwarf appears there are mutinies and counter mutinies someone is thrown overboard minus a leg, and devoured hungrily by waiting sharks below the narrator discourses on the singular friendship between penguins and albatross The ending is strange and moving I don t understand it Some reviewers complain that we don t learn what happens , but I m glad that the story finally abandons the will they escape or won t they episodic structure, which is not the sort of thing I ever remember about books PS my brother informs me that there s a German funeral doom metal band called Ahab, and that one of their albums is a concept album about this novella all of their albums have nautical themes, or are based on works of nautical literature, as of course is their name I m glad they exist. Poe himself summed up my thoughts about this novel when he said it is a very silly book The prologue sets up the work as being written by two authors, Poe ghostwriting the first two parts and Pym himself finishing the rest The work is split into a preface and 25 chapters First 14 chapters This is a rousing narration following Pym as he stows away on a vessel which is taken by mutineers and eventually with Pym s help retaken Poe gives a resounding description of terrible circumstances which befall Pym Horrors including entrapment, captivity, near drowning, nightmares, brutality, grief, starvation and subsequent cannibalism, and many others befall our protaganist This part of the story is well paced and rates with some of my favorite Poe stories Chapters 15, 16, and 17 Pym and a comrade are rescued from their first ship and take spots upon another vessel under Captain Guy These chapters are a slog of technical information and bland, overdetailed descriptions of various sights in the southern seas Poe s descriptions, especially related to parts of a ship, are minute but unelpful to the layman Often times when talking about the ship Poe would string together so many unexplained technical ship related terms that it became a complete mess this would not be so severe to a reader with knowledge of ships and sails.Poe admittedly borrows long generally boring excerpts from other authors related to technical information such as the nesting of various birds Chapter 18 end Pym has become, with no explanation given, a great influence on Captain Guy and encourages an exploration of the antarctic ocean A mysterious set of islands is discovered, in what appears to be an out of place temperate climate The crew sets about to ravage the resources of the land, paying the natives with trinkets brought south The natives end up being resourceful and end up ambushing all but Pym and his original comrade Pym is very mad at the savages for this duplicity.Pym, his comrade, and a single native hostage, escape in a large canoe and continue south The novel ends with a series of strange anomalies of the supernatural variety Overall Thoughts I was quite excited by the beginning of this novel Poe s writing about fear generally shines The whole story is disjointed and a bit mad Character development is wonky or nonexistent and the depiction of the fictional natives in the latter portion is nothing but a racist caricature In trying to understand this novel I have come upon the theory that view spoiler Pym goes crazy upon being forced into cannibalism He then dies when the ship of death passes The journeys around South America with Captain Guy represent a kind of bland purgatory The section amongst the antarctic natives is hell, which Pym escapes, and finally the ending is Pym finally beholding god hide spoiler This book is fun but flawed It s far from a consistent work and feels somewhat fragmentary and exploratory at times, but any novel that includes mutiny, shipwreck, cannibalism, strange and threatening natives especially ones with black teeth , fascinating creatures from identifiable animals like sharks, polar bears, and penguins to unidentifiable ones like the white creature with red teeth that they come across late in the book , and a healthy dose of adventure, horror, and mystery is worth reading.This is in some ways a shorter, interesting Moby Dick both texts include lightly disguised philosophical ideas and quite a few details and digressions apparently unrelated to the narrative, both take place at sea, and both end with images of whiteness the white whale itself at the end of Moby Dick and, at the end of Pym a shrouded human figure, very far larger in its proportions than any dweller among men 217 Each novel also leaves us with at least one survivor of the carnage someone has to tell the story, after all. Part sea story, part adventure story, part horror story A young man who runs away to sea and gets than he bargained for Mutiny, shipwreck, cannibalism, and that s just for starters It s really in some ways a tall tale the indirect way Poe tells the story, in the form of a story told to him by Pym, draws attention to the fact that it is a story and that the reader has no way of knowing how true it is As the tale progresses it gets weirder, as Pym finds himself exploring the Antarctic, which turns out to be stranger than anyone had expected I believe this novel inspired Lovecraft s choice of an Antarctic setting for his own novel At the Mountains of Madness The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is in some ways a lost world story, with a strange Antarctic civilisation What I like most about the book is that Poe doesn t try to explain everything he reports strange and mysterious events and hints of things that may be even stranger, but they re left ambiguous There s also some intriguing use of colour symbolism, with white being very significant as you d expect in a story about the Antarctic, but not in the way Poe uses it I didn t like this novel as much as I ve liked some of his short stories but it s still a fascinating little book. The legend that is Poe as well as perfecting the detective story and the horror tale originated another unique, though little acknowledged, artform that of the weird novel.The titular narrator, smuggled aboard a brig by a friend, on a journey to the then unknown South Seas, falls victim to mutiny, recapturing the vessel, wreckage in storms and starvation prevented by cannibalism , as well as an encounter with an all corpse crewed vessel, on the drifting, slowly sinking hulk Eventually escaping with fellow survivor Dirk Peters, they are rescued by a British schooner and continue on to Antarctic mystery.Proceeding beyond the ice bergs finding the carcass of a new weird animal species indicating warmer climes they come to the all black and all black peopled isle of Tsalal The natives appear friendly at first, then ambush and slaughter the schooner s crew as soon as confidence is gained Pym and Peters hide in the surrounding mountains, in gorges apparently artificially carved hieroglyphs for Shaded , White and Region to the South as revealed in the epilogue and eventually escape Tsalal, whose people mortally fear white animals and objects with the terrorized shriek of Tekeli li Tekeli li At the oneiric climax Pym s narrative is cut short, and Poe s longest tale ends But his influence began Inspiring two fan boy sequels from Jules Verne s An Antarctic Mystery 1897 and Charles Romeyn Dake s A Strange Discovery 1899 , as well as inspiring and templating great originals from M.P Shiel s apocalypic The Purple Cloud 1901 and William Hope Hodgson s maritime horror opus The Boats of Glen Carrig 1907 through the overlooked Medusa A Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy, Strange Horror 1928 by E.H Visiak to H.P Lovecraft s At the Mountains of Madness 1930 and Basil Copper s The Great White Space 1975. De cuando en cuando, me cruzo con gente a la que le gustan las creaciones del maestro Poe, lo cual siempre me resulta gratificante ya que no hay nada m s hermoso que compartir gustos en el campo literario Lo malo es que, cada vez que consulto por este libro, solamente un bajo porcentaje lo ha le do La raz n Tienen miedo de no entenderlo, que sea complejo, que sea mon tono o aburrido, que no cumpla con sus expectativas, y miles de excusas m s Si alguien esta pensando as y lee esta rese a, por favor, no se nieguen la oportunidad de disfrutar de este maravilloso libro porque no tiene desperdicio alguno No es ni de lejos lo light que algunos creen que es, cuenta con las sorprendentemente gr ficas descripciones de situaciones h rridas y macabras tan t picas del autor Podr a releer este libro mil veces m s y no cansarme, y en cada una de esas mil veces recordarme por qu admiro tanto a este hombre. A grand macabre 19th century adventure that inspired Melville and a league of sequels tributes including H.P Lovecraft At the Mountains of Madness which Charles Stross gave a sequel with A Colder War Jules Verne Sphinx on the Ice Field an Antarctic Mystery which I m sad to report is pretty boring Howard Waldrop and Steve Utley Black as Pitch from Pole to Pole Rudy Rucker Hollow Earth The only novel written by Edgar Allan Poe and for me, this is one of the most satisfying What can you say to a book that inspired Herman Melville to write his masterpiece Moby Dick I am still to read it but based on the positive feedbacks that are coming from my friends here in Goodreads who are reading that book this month, I will definitely be reading that in the next few months It so happened that The Tell Tale Heart and Other Writings is my first Halloween read this month and this novel is included in that book.This book is a narrative of a young man Arthur Gordon Pym and it tells about his sea and land, but mostly sea, adventures The latter includes a shipwreck, a mutiny, death and even cannibalism The former includes encounters with tribal black people who are savages I particularly enjoyed the first person narration because of that distinct voice that only EAP had I have never encountered a writer who writes flawlessly, easy to understand yet it feels old And that archaic tone does not alienate bore the reader because his words and lyrical tune are classy and his plot is nicely crafted This characters are like men who you can visualize in black and white or like moving human being in sepia yet they can be the next young man standing with you when you get on to a cruise or at the pier while waiting for the dispatcher for you to ride on a motorboat to an island.Almost from the beginning of the novel, what might be a straightforward sea faring adventure is revealed to be anything but With the help of the captain s son, Pym stows away on a whaling ship, the Grampus and is entombed without food and water in the hold for two weeks From then on murder follows mutiny, with shipwreck and cannibalism in close succession The pace of the narrative and the horror were subdued yet it the story is not boring It is in the form of a journal that traces Pym s gradual desensitization to the horrors that beset him, from terror early in the book to casual curiosity towards the end.The ending is not satisfying but because of what Pym has went through, it is enough for me It could be that EAP felt that having a whooping denouement would be an overkill because all the hardships have been experienced by the young man and sailing to the South Pole somehow gives the readers something positive to look forward to I can live with that thought instead of having one last backbreaking tryst with danger that would look like a forced and artificial ending.I really liked this book. Edgar Allan Poe S Only Novel, The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket Is A Pivotal Work In Which Poe Calls Attention To The Act Of Writing And To The Problem Of Representing The Truth It Is An Archetypal American Story Of Escape From Domesticity Tracing A Young Man S Rite Of Passage Through A Series Of Terrible Brushes With Death During A Fateful Sea Voyage Included Are Eight Related Tales Which Further Illuminate Pym By Their Treatment Of Persistent Themes Fantastic Voyages, Gigantic Whirlpools, And Premature Burials As Well As Its Relationship To Poe S Art And LifeContentsThe Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket MS Found In A Bottle Loss Of Breath Mystification How To Write A Blackwood Article Nov A Descent Into The Maelstr M Apr The Pit And The Pendulum The Balloon Hoax Apr , The Premature Burial Jul ,