FERRADA AGUILAR, Andrés. Ficción y metaficción en la narración de Arthur Gordon Pym de Edgar Allan Poe. Rev. signos [online]. , vol, n 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. Richard said: Dear The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, I love you. I.. Capisco l’ intento e mi posso immaginare che spostare in narrativa, in letteratura gli orrori.

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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and Related Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Return to Book Page. Published inthis rousing sea adventure follows New England boy, Pym, who 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 goedon. Poe imbued this deliberately popular tale with such allegorical richness, biblical imagery, and psychological insights that the tale has come to influence writers as various as Melville, James, Verne and Nabokov.

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Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. PaperbackPenguin Classicspages. Published June 1st by Penguin Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view arthyr [Which Chapter does Poe’s infamous quote, “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality,” live?

Also, the quote seems consistently quoted as “[ Mayumi Amargo I went ahead and found the quote.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and Related Tales

Lists with This Book. Jan 27, Richard rated it liked it Shelves: You confuse me because you evoke within me such conflicting emotions. I really got into a relationship with gordkn because I thought that you would be a straight-up maritime adventure novel a la “Master and Commander. That’s what I was looking for. What I got was Here’s the thing, Gordy: That was your strength and I naracin liked that about you.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

I liked your gruesome tales of cannibalism, the ship of dead people, the mutiny, the shark attacks, killing a polar bear with a knife and the sprays of blood, etc. But then, oh God, there were the parts where you devolved into long passages about nautical terminology.


For pages and pages you rattled off longitudes and latitudes and the way the sea currents were running.

I gordno left you then. You were elegant as hell, but I was bored off my ass. I think this has to do with your origins, how you were published episodically in a newspaper and had to appeal a variety of readers. And while I admire your versatility, I think you should just stick to who you really are, deep down: Or maybe, again, that’s just who I wanted you to be and I’m projecting my expectations on you. If you feel smothered by me, that’s fine. And you are a pa son of a bitch, too.

All the black guys are either mutineers or knuckle-dragging savages? Arthur, I’m sorry it didn’t work out. I wanted to love you so bad. I want to compare you other lovers: Nagracin I just can’t look past your flaws. And maybe that’s my fault.

I think our age difference is a chasm between us. You come from different generation. I can’t help but judge you by my modern standards of tolerance and post-Hemingway appreciation for strong, brief sentences and that’s not fair to either of us. I’m sure there’s a better reader out there for you, somewhere, Arthur.

We had some good times this past week and a half, but I’m glad to move on. I’m eager to start a relationship with another book. Me and Raymond Chandler have been seeing each other lately, and I think I might pursue that a little. I’m eager to start a new chapter in my reading life sorry for the pun. Don’t take any of this personally. Sincerely, Richard Porter P. View all 8 comments. Jun 13, Sr3yas rated it liked it.

Instead, it’s a type of tale which acts as a forefather for many tales to come and it’s a hell of a weird ride. The narrative introduces Augustus and our narrator, Arthur Gordon Pym. The first chapter tells a drunken adventure of these two boys. Not sure why that chapter is there, but it’s there. The next couple of chapters tells one of the best sea adventures I’ve read in a long time! As Augustus and his father decided to set sail for open ocean, Pym decides to join them anonymously with help of his friend.

Well, things went south quickly on that ship. Filled with scenes of macabre, bloodletting and survival, those initial chapters were beautifully crafted by Poe. I especially loved the scene with the ghost ship. They were daunting and my imagination went wild there! But then the story changes direction. Instead of sticking with the crazy atmosphere the story created in the initial chapters, Poe switches to an exploration and speculative narrative which reminded me of Jules Verne stories.

It seems like Jules Verne was really influenced by this style. Verne was a lifelong fan of Poe and he even wrote a sequel to this novel in later years.


Anyways, we are now chilling with Pym and his gang in a new ship and they decide to explore the unexplored Antarctic region. They find a mysterious Island populated by a tribe of black Even their teeth are black.

The Island itself is a wonder as it is filled with undiscovered flora and fauna. This part reads like Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, the lost world. The previously undiscovered land with strange natives and bizarre environments? That’s Doyle right there.

Now, this is a work that clearly inspired many writers. But as a novel, the narrative suffers from inconsistent story and styles. To be honest, after the 13th chapter, the story sacrificed its momentum and failed to gain it back. narrscin

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

So I’m thinking 5 stars for the first half and 2 stars for the rest. Also, the ending was What was the ending? It felt like one of those weird deaths we hear about in news: The ones where people die abruptly as they were typing a senta View all 11 comments. Nov 20, Paul gordo it did not like it Shelves: This is an odd novel.

Arthur Gordon Pym and ;ym friend Augustus are teenagers in search of adventure. A voyage is in the offing and Augustus contrives to enable Pym to stow away.

A series of adventures ensues; each more farfetched than the previous. There is a bloody mutiny, followed by a shipwreck with 1. There is a bloody mutiny, followed by a shipwreck with Pym and a arhur number of survivors left on oym wreckage of the ship.

A long period of floating around leads to cannibalism, an encounter with a ship floating aimlessly with only corpses on board and finally rescue by another ship.

This ship is on a fur collecting expedition and it continues to slaughter lots of seals. It sails into the Antarctic regions, which prove to be surprisingly warm. Poe attempts to invent lots of new species of bird and when habitable islands are reached invents a few mammals as well.

They prove to be unfriendly and most of the crew are killed and the ship destroyed. Pym and three others manage to escape in a canoe and head for the South Pole as the descriptions become increasingly surreal. The ending gives a nod to Reynolds and the hollow earth theories popular at the time. On the surface this reads like one of many nineteenth century adventure novels by writers such as Haggard, Stevenson and Kipling; comparisons are also drawn with Moby Narraccin.