- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,091 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Raven (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics Book 14) Kindle Edition
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There are a few other free editions available, I plan to delete this one and try the others.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Really an introductory volume to Poe more than anything else, Del Toro transcribes all the right notes on the drowning piano of Poe's life, starting with "Morella" and working his way to "Metzengerstein" before giving the coup de grace: a good and revelatory portion of the author's poetic work.
Del Toro's introduction gives us an idea of how much an inspiration Poe has been for his cinematic output, something I wasn't really aware of. He hopes that other youngsters will share his precocious love for one of the greatest writers of uncanny/horror fiction to ever live. He also dispels some of the more excessive and distorting legends about Poe's life.
He has also released a fascinating collection of Ray Russell's horror stories, and some Lovecraft. I hope he does a collection of EF Benson as well. Recommended for those obsessed with Poe, and for newcomers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Dore' illustrations are up to Poe's standard. Wonderful!Published 1 month ago by Michael Caudle
Great book! I will order from this seller again. I got it on time and in great condition.Published 1 month ago by Shawn U Hall
The language is beautiful and the imagery is astounding. I've heard it recited but never read it myself. I'm glad I did.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this as a gift for my younger sister, as we are both avid Poe lovers. She currently works in a daycare, and I thought this would be a great way to read Poe to her class. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Deana M.
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