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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

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Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Published: 1838
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,316 / 199 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,302
Added to site: 2007.10.23
mnybks.net#: 18668

The work relates the tale of the young Arthur Gordon Pym who stows away aboard a whaling ship called Grampus. Various adventures and mis-adventures befall Pym including shipwreck, mutiny and cannibalism. The story starts out as a fairly conventional adventure at sea, but it becomes increasingly strange and hard to classify in later chapters, involving religious symbolism and the Hollow Earth. --Wikipedia

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ocity. He spoke plainly, seeing himself upheld by the men, told the captain he considered him a fit subject for the gallows, and that he would disobey his orders if he were hanged for it the moment he set his foot on shore. He strode aft, jostling Block (who turned pale and made no answer) on one side, and seizing the helm, gave the word, in a firm voice, Hard-a-lee! The men flew to their posts, and the ship went cleverly about. All this had occupied nearly five minutes, and it was supposed to be hardly within the bounds of possibility that any individual could be saved- allowing any to have been on board the boat. Yet, as the reader has seen, both Augustus and myself were rescued; and our deliverance seemed to have been brought about by two of those almost inconceivable pieces of good fortune which are attributed by the wise and pious to the special interference of Providence.

While the ship was yet in stays, the mate lowered the jolly-boat and jumped into her with the very two men, I believe, who spo

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
2009.10.12
Effie
*****

I really liked this book a lot, but was terribly disappointed when it just ended suddenly, leaving the reader just hanging there wondering what the heck happened. Imagine my surprise when checking out books to download last night, I discovered that the book was continued and completed by Jules Verne!! The continuation is called "An Antartic Mystery" by Jules Verne. I'm on the last chapter right now and he's getting ready to disclose what happened to Gordon Pym! Gotta go finish the book now!

2008.09.18
draivika
***..

Wikipedia got it right. Starts out as a long and harrowing sea tale, and then turns into a strange fantasy adventure. I was a little put off initially when the fantasy element was introduced, but over all enjoyed the book.


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