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The Raven (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics Book 14) Kindle Edition

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Length: 81 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 6251 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Top Five Books (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FAVTEMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I wanted to reread The Raven and so downloaded this book. The good news is it does have the entire poem--which I read and enjoyed. The bad news is I had to page through 66% of the manuscript (to location 271) to find it. The first two thirds is a commentary which I cannot fairly review as I did not read it. Finally after the poem are a number of poorly formatted pages with mostly just numbers and snippets of the poem. All in all a very poor edition of a very great work.

There are a few other free editions available, I plan to delete this one and try the others.
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The Raven is an awesome poem and one that will be used by teachers for decades to come for students to ponder over.

I gave this 4 stars because I couldn't go lower since it did include the poem; eventually. This freebie has about 70% of someones very indepth thoughts and the rest is the poem. If you need it broken down and have someone elses thoughts included, then this is for you. But if you're just looking for the poem itself..pass.
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This is totally worthless. It consists of various verses of the poem, followed by a person's name (presumably the person who downloaded the verse). Then, for example, the next verse is not even included. Then the third. Then a portion of the fourth. Etc. (I memorized the poem in high school, so I recognize missing portions thereof.) After the "poem" (in snippets), is a lengthy analysis of the poem, then an analysis of poetry in general, then poor analyses of other poems, etc.--all of which is totally useless and confusing.

If you want the poem in its entirety for free, look it up on the computer, where there are many versions of the poem available. But, for God's sake, do not read this and expect to find the poem in an intelligible form.

AVOID!!
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This book is really poorly formatted. The biggest by far part of the book is Commentary on the poem (even comes before the poem itself). The Raven is formatted oddly with an indent at the start of each verse and then left-justified till the end of it (so no visible spacing between verses, and the final verse is not indented as well). The illustrations are where the real disaster starts - they are extremely low contrast (I have recent kindle dx and newspaper pictures beat the ones in this book with their eyes closed, I won't even mention 'screensaver' pictures) and what's more important - each illustration is at its own page, and then there is a quote, which the pic is supposed to illustrate *on a page of its own*. So it looks like: whole page is taken with gray rectangle of uncertain features, you flip a page and see a line from the poem and the rest is white!
At least one illustration is repeated twice (locations 374-75 and 376-77), the very first one is rotated 90 degrees. Save yourself a dollar and cents, buy something nice.
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I had to memorize this poem years ago. For years I believed that everyone did. Maybe it's a shame that they didn't.
This is classic Poe. It's not long. It is tight, straight to the point, and foreboding. And that is not the reason to buy the book.
The book really worth buying because of the classic illustration's by Dore. They are fantastic. They perfectly catch the tone of the poem. In a time before movies, animated cartoons, or TV, these illustrations showed the poem that was being read (probably out loud by an adult). They worked then. They still work.
Your children, your grandchildren, and your siblings will enjoy it as much as you will.
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[Note: This refers to the eBook only.]

The ebook has been updated and now the typesetting is sensible. The poem is there, and is quite readable. It is preceded by a lengthy commentary, which may or may not be of interest.

Note that the illustrations are still omitted, but lines mark their absence in the text, jarring the flow somewhat.

The poem is now quite readable, but could still be presented better.
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Format: Paperback
Not only is this book about intense emotions, but it takes you on a trip through madness. All the pieces are so well interwoven that you come out of it trembling with the central character.
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The Raven is obviously one of Edgar Allan Poe's must read masterworks, and thankfully, this edition encourages you to not only experience it once, but twice! Yes, Poe's macabre but ever delightful poem appears in duplicate in this wonderful book from Top Five Classics.

After a brief introduction by co-publisher Alex Lubertozzi, the poem is first presented accompanied by 25 beautiful, but really rather haunting vintage illustrations by French artist, Gustave Doré. These ethereal and remarkably evocative engravings first published by Harper & Brothers in 1884 surely seem all the more supernaturally charged by the fact that the artist died soon after completing them.

The only catch really, is that stopping to view all those deliciously spooky works of art is a bit of a distraction from the natural flow of the poem itself. But never fear! The Raven is of course, just waiting to quoth "Never more" again and again, as you are obliged to read the mournful tale a second time.

And believe me, that second reading actually makes the poem seem even more vivid and riveting without the illustrations. Perhaps because all those wonderfully spooky images are still so fresh in your mind, making Poe's immortal tribute to long lost loves come all the more alive. And all while goading the reader to ponder the heart wrenching emptiness and finality of death, just as Poe himself was so often forced to experience it.

So perhaps even more interesting for me, is the last part of the book, which is a detailed biography of the author. Such a sad character, that po old Poe! Seriously though, the guy really had it rough.
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