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review 2017-05-22 13:42
Gathering to Revel While Others Die
The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe

I am rereading this story as well. I read this over the summer in high school because I was interested in other Poe stories and whenever possible I tried to watch Vincent Price in Poe made movies. 

 

I have just finished rereading this after reading "The Bone Garden" by Tess Gerritsen and many things came to mind. One was that the Prince had gathered his friends in a castle and sealed everyone inside to party while many were dying horrible deaths outside. Two was that in "The Bone Garden" Rose was encouraged to bathe and get rid of her clothing that was very old and very dirty because everyone staying in the doctor's house needed to be clean so that no one brought an illness. 

 

It seemed that while the courtiers were enjoying all the good in life, they still stopped to listen to the clock and maybe hear the stillness from outside, listening to life leaving. 

 

This is another book that I will be using in the lessons this year. See what the girls think after reading the story. 

 

On a side note, I did look up to find that Red Death was fictional and a disease created by Poe, but there had been many who died from many different plagues. 

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review 2017-03-08 18:55
Well written.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales - Edgar Allan Poe,Matthew Pearl

An interesting short novella from Edgar Allen Poe.

 

While reading it I realized I must have read it before, as I started to guess the solution and that is truly impossible without knowing it.

What I mean by this is, that the solution is precluded by hints and enough different facts to give the impression that the reader can reach the conclusion with thinking it through like the genius analyst/investigator himself.

But as said, the solution is so ludicrous that it is impossible to really guess it in my opinion.

 

But still - very smooth writing, interesting and also a quick read.

 

It feels like a sketch, lin comparison to other detectives in novels like Poirot or even Sherlock Holmes.

 

Enjoyable enough.

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review 2017-03-03 15:08
Dark Graphic Tales
Dark Graphic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe - Denise Despeyroux

These were supposed to be Dark Graphic Tales according to the cover but I thought otherwise. Perhaps I went in with high expectations but these three stories fell short for me and they were far from spooky, evil or mysterious. I thought The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether was rather comical. As the guests around the table discussed the patients they once had, I was laughing for these individuals really not only talked about it but some of the them were acting out the part. The panels were wonderfully illustrated as the characters performed for each, as the others around the table added their own remarks. It was the final page of this story, that sealed the deal and made me revisit this story a second time.

 

The Gold Bug was a long drawn out story which finally got interesting when Legrand reveals how he unravels the mystery behind all the clues that he discovered to his friend and Jupiter. How Legrand put this all together was amazing and surprised the heck out of me. The last story was The Fall of the House of Usher and there was really nothing in this story that I enjoyed except the full-page illustration of Roderick’s sister. This page made a statement and was warranted at this time in the novel, it wrapped up the story nicely. I didn’t like a majority of the faces that were illustrated in the novel, many of them looked droopy and some of them looked as if they had been stung by bees (all bloaty and dimply). I enjoyed the text font that was used as I think it showed the age of this script.

 

I was hoping to read this novel to a class of sixth graders and now, I am still debating this option. Since graphic novels are a popular choice amongst this age group I was hoping to show them some of Poe’s work but I am wondering if they would understand it. Perhaps I would have to read it to them a couple times for them to fully comprehend it. I know that I appreciated it more when I read it through a second time.

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review 2016-10-28 00:00
The Complete Tales and Poems
The Complete Tales and Poems - Edgar Allan Poe Man. This was a struggle. The last several hundred pages (400) were just hard. I think at one point I was ready to call for a DNF, but since this is on my horror list read I wanted to finish it. Now I just feel stabby.

So Poe did write some great works (The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, and the Raven) but he wrote a lot of...not so good poems, terribly long meandering stories, and essays. I think my brain has tried to block out a good portion of this because it just got mad at me at one point last night. It wanted to go to sleep, but I was all, no you will finish this because I am sick of this being on my currently reading list for Booklikes and Goodreads.

I would honestly say that this complete works is good to have in your library though. You can pull it down and just read any of Poe's stories instead of having to pay for single stories. But, I can see why some people rather do that, because this thing is pretty big, it takes up valuable shelf space, and a good 70 percent of the works are not good.

I honestly feel like for the most part when you look at everything Poe has done, he was kind of a one trick pony. Most of his stories revolve around similar themes, losing a loved one, someone going slowly or not so slowly mad, something supernatural making an appearance, etc.

My favorite poems from this collection were definitely Annabel Lee, and The Raven.

Here is the Annabel Lee poem:
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;--
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
She was a child and I was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love--
I and my Annabel Lee--
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud by night
Chilling my Annabel Lee;
So that her high-born kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me:--
Yes! that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of a cloud, chilling
And killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we--
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in Heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:--

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea--
In her tomb by the side of the sea.

Everything else....no.

My favorite stories were ones I had already read before. I skipped over them, but honestly I did go back and read them again later because none of the other stories stuck with me. My favorites are: The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tell-Tale Heart, and the Cask of the Amontillado.

I really did not care for any of the essays, and frankly an essay maybe in my mind is not long. His essay on Eureka: A Prose Poem was about 40 freaking pages. I just felt horror trying to wade through that.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-23 19:20
Final Bingo Square: Grave or Graveyard
Dracula - Bram Stoker,David Suchet,Tom Hiddleston
The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe

Changed my mind (yet again) and switched books for my final bingo square, as I'm not sure I'll be in much of a mind to finish my previous choice for "Grave or Graveyard," Umberto Eco's Cemetery of Prague.

 

So I switched to the 2016 BBC audio adaptation of Dracula, starring David Suchet in the title role and Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Harker; combined for good measure with Edgar Allan Poe's Cask of Amontillado: Dracula for the crucial Whitby graveyard scenes (and the fact that Whitby Abbey actually inspired the whole novel, which has drawn the goth scene to the town, which in turn has given rise to plans for a mock Whitby graveyard so as to restore some respect to the real place); and The Cask of Amontillado for the fact that ... well, one ironically-named Fortunato does end up in a grave of a very particular sort at the end of the kind of story only Poe could have come up with.

 

The Dracula adaptation is an abridged one; David Suchet makes for a great Dracula, but not all of the book's profoundly somber atmosphere translates well here – I couldn't help being reminded of some of the camp movie additions of yesteryear.

 

Poe's Cask of Amontillado OTOH is one of my favorite short stories (by Poe, as well as overall); it's a concise, perfectly-executed piece of mounting tension and dread, laced with irony and merciless resolve.

 

Anyway, so that concludes my bingo reads – wrap-up post coming separately.  Thanks to Moonlight Murder and Obsidian Blue ... I've had a blast!

 

Whitby Abbey and Graveyard (photos mine)

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