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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (Penguin Classics) Paperback – June 1, 1999
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This Modern Library Paperback Classic reprints the text of the original 1838 American edition. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Altogether, a delightfully disturbing story. One of the best I have read.
"Narrative" sometimes reads like a series of tall tales and requires a complete suspension of belief, but if you're able to do so, then it's a terrific story. I read most of the novel on a long train trip and it held my attention completely. I'm not normally a fan of "adventure" books, but "Narrative" is an exciting, brief read. Adults of all tastes are likely to enjoy this book as well as older youngsters who enjoy sea-faring stories and adventure. Finally, the introduction, by Richard Kopley, does a great job explaining the novel's subtext, which adds greatly to the reading experience.
I'd have to say that this story is "classic Poe". If you are a fan of Poe's short stories, you'll definitely like this book. I only had a few problems with the story. There were times that the story dragged, but this is far outweighed by the times that the story was very exciting, and I couldn't put the book down. I won't go into the ending, but it left me unsettled.
I found that the explanatory notes were very helpful. I'm not a great scholar on any level, nor will I ever claim to be. The explanatory notes were very simple to understand, and it helped me understand portions of the story that caused confusion, particularly the end.
The audiobook ends at the end of the character's account, but does not include the faux publisher's note. That note at the end is PART OF THE NARRATIVE and gives further story information and partial conclusion beyond what the character recounts in his document. So the audiobook cheats you of the full story. Anyone listening to just this audiobook would not know that the story isn't quite over yet.
Thankfully the part they left off is short enough it can be easily read from text by most listeners and the full text is easily available.
But this is a poor oversight on the part of the audiobook producer's and should be made clear here for anyone planning to listen to this edition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as popular as Poe's poetry and short stories, but I think it is excellent quality. It's probably not as popular due to the fact that his other works are so good that they... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jonah D. Conner
Terrific story, but Edgar's poetry is better...still a must read.Published 11 months ago by Smith Family
Poe's 2nd novel, the others were lost. This is a superb tale.Published 12 months ago by Bartok Kinski
I've enjoyed Poe's short stories and The Raven, but this novel is terrible, not even finished. It's one adventure story and then lots of page-filling full of latitude and longitude... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andy San Diego
I read this in the Library of America volume of Poe’s Poetry and Tales but would have read it otherwise in the Modern Library edition of the Narrative (under which I post this... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sam Adams
The book was in excellent condition, at a great price and arrived at my home in a timely fashion. Book takes you to the heyday of the whaling industry in Nantucket and is a... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Albert H. Manus
Mostly, we hear about his poems and short stories so it was fun to discover a novel with lots of wild, imaginative scenarios. It was entertaining and historically fascinating.Published on August 29, 2013 by Prunella