Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XIV

Hi all!

I’m back with the last part of the Poe shortstories series and there are only 3 of them left. As it turns out, Poe also has a novel entitled “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” and it is the only know finished novel by him. But since this series is about his shortstories, I’m going to leave that for another time.

So here are the three remaining stories, and as usual, the titles are links to where you can read them online.

Shadow–A Parable

This story is a rather short one and not much happens, but I guess the emphasis isn’t really on the actions.

The story presents a group of people, who try to lock themselves away from the raging “Pestilence”. Then, one night, they have an unexpected visitor who fills them with terror, by his appearance and voice.

Von Kempelen And His Discovery

This story is again a shorter one, and presents, as the title says, the discovery of Von Kempelen.

The narrator presents his acquaintance with the main character, and claims that although they had more conversations, he never suspected him to have scientific aspirations. After this introduction, he presents an “anecdote” about Von Kempelen, and this anecdote is the story itself. The main idea is that Von Kempelen is arrested for counterfeiting, but it soon turns out that the case is something very different and much more interesting πŸ™‚

Morning On the Wissahiccon

This story is a pretty short one and it starts out as a description of the valley of Wissahiccon, which is a small brook in America. The scenery presented is beautiful, and it is put in contrast with the populated parts of England for example.

The narrator tells about the time he visited the brook and saw an elk, but as he went closer, his visions of untouched and unspoiled nature became immediately shattered.

So it seems I’m finally done with the series and I have to say that I’ve learned a lot while reading these stories. Not only did I get more familiar with the person of Poe, the way he thinks, the things he knows (which is amazing :D), but I also had the chance to get to think about various topics I never before considered contemplating on. And I think that is a definite plus if a writer, or anyone in fact, can make you really think πŸ™‚

So I guess this is all for now and I’ll be back shortly with something different for a change: Stephen King’s “The Eyes of the Dragon” πŸ˜€

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

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Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XIII

Hi all!

I’m back with part 13, and as I said before, there’s not much left. And this is definitely a good thing, because as I have also mentioned, I’m done reading them, but not so much with the review part. Actually, I’ve already read another book, for which I can’t wait to post a review, because I really liked it. But first, let’s finish this series πŸ˜€

This time I’ll be presenting 6 works again, and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online πŸ™‚

Lionizing

This story is a pretty funny one, and quite short, so definitely worth reading.

The main character and narrator is Robert Jones, who was said to be a genius from a very early age, because he “took hold of his nose”. He then studied Nosology and saw that as his true calling. And his nose was indeed admired by everyone who saw it.

But sadly, a change in his fate occurs, when he shoots off the nose of Bluddennuff in a duel.

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall

This story is a quite long one, but it’s actually pretty interesting. It presents the adventures of Hans Pfaall, who becoming very poor and in debt, decides to do something no one has done before: travel to the moon. And he does this in a really strange way. By balloon πŸ˜€

What I liked about the story was that this again presented another side of Poe, because it has a lot of astronomical and geographical references to it. Of course, the suppositions made about the moon are mistaken, but I can’t really decide if Poe just made that up or that was indeed what was believed at that time.

Anyways, I liked this one and I would recommend it πŸ™‚

King Pest

This is an interesting story of two seamen, who try to run from an inn, because they drank but didn’t want to pay.

They are chased into the part of the town that was quarantined because of the plague. They don’t hesitate in entering the district and they soon find an interesting company in one of the buildings πŸ™‚

The Landscape Garden (another title is The Domain of Arnheim)

This is a mostly descriptive story, that presents a friend of the narrator, Mr. Ellison, who has always been of good fortune, and therefore happy. Here, Poe describes the conditions of happiness, one of them leading to Art.

Mr. Ellison chooses landscape gardening as his form of art, and describes what this means to him. We witness as an artist speaks of his art, which alwaysΒ  seems a beautiful thing to me, because I consider myself an artist and I think there is no greater beauty than presenting a part of your soul through your own creation. And this certainly leads to a form of happiness πŸ™‚

Landor’s Cottage

This story is a quite beautiful one, but it is again rather a description, than a story with an actual plot.

The narrator presents in great detail a beautiful and dreamy valley with a charming house. And as he describes it, you can actually feel his love for nature and art, and this, as I said before, is something I like to hear (or read, in this case :P).

The Power of Words

This story is much like The Colloquy of Monos And Una, having the same style (has the form of a dialogue between the characters) and has a similar philosophical theme.

The two characters Oinos and Agathos speak about the large effect that people have even by the wave of their hands or the words they speak. It’s a really beautiful story and it makes you think of what we really are capable of doing without even knowing it πŸ™‚

So I guess that’s all for now, and I’ll be back soon with the last part of the Poe series.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚