The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

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Penguin, 1999 - Fiction - 245 pages
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New England boy, Arthur Gordon Pym, stows away on a whaling ship with its captain's son, Augustus. The two boys repeatedly find themselves on the brink of death or discovery and witness many terrifying events, including mutiny, cannibalism, and frantic pursuits.

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This is an amazing novel, and it is baffling that it isn't better known. I still can't believe Poe wrote it in 1838, as it would have seemed current in the 1950s Scifi era. The ending is rushed, and I wonder if Poe simply ran out of ideas. Read full review

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First of, after reading The Cask of Amontillado, Hop-Frog, MS Found in a Bottle, I became a fan of Poe's. Even though some of his stories felt boring (pardon), it was always the end of the story that got me, that was spine-chilling. So I decided to read this novel of his one day and there. I felt a little disappointed with this novel not because of its violence but it felt boring at some parts especially when Pym was giving info about this oyster or something. Those parts with the explanatory stuff was just boring, Poe could have minimized it. I wished that Poe added more adventures in the savage island segment like encountering more natives or vicious animals. Despite the novel being boring at some parts, it did havesome good parts like the sea story segment (On board the Grampus). That part, made me feel sympathy for the characters who were suffering and filled with despair. The ending was abrupt but it was basically like the ending of MS. Found in a Bottle, so it didn't feel new. Overall the novel was readable for a few more times (it depends) and I'll give it 3.7/5 stars. I really want to love this novel because of its impact but sigh... I wish it was better. 

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American poet, short-story writer, writer of detective fiction, and critic. After publishing this novel he wrote TALES OF THE GROTESQUE AND ARABESQUE (1840) and THE RAVEN AND OTHER POEMS (1845).Richard Kopley isProfessor in the Department of English at Pennsylvania State University and Vice-President of the Poe Studies Association.

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