The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is the only full length novel that Edgar Allan Poe ever wrote. This novel is about the adventures at sea by Arthur Gordon Pym and includes a lot of elements you see in a lot of classic sea adventures which are mutiny, piracy, strong storms, wrecked vessels, sharks, cannibalism and barbarous savages. The events of these adventures keep it interesting.
I am indifferent on this book. I found out about it when I read Thrillers: 100 Must Reads and it sparked my interest. What I wasn’t ready for were long and wordy sentences and paragraphs, some of which you wonder if they’ll ever end. The author also starts talking about latitudes and longitudes which start losing my interest when he lists quite a few. I remember covering talking about those over forty years ago in school, but forgot most of what I learned about them.
You can download this book in various ebook formats from the following sites:
Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2149
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-narrative-of-arthur-gordon-pym-pseud-of-nantucket-north-america-edgar-allan-poe/1117034813?ean=2940020115354
Tim’s Rating: ***
(Three out of five stars)
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